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Haveron hits out after wasteful Glentoran fail in front of goal

Glentoran 0 - Ballinamallard United 1

By Kris Jack

Glentoran boss Gary Haveron blasted his side for coming away with nothing despite a dominant showing against Ballinamallard United.

Ryan Mayse's fifth goal of the season for Gavin Dykes' Mallards was all that separated the teams, as the Glen's strike force failed to find a route to goal.

"We haven't done enough to win the game. It's all about putting the ball in the back of the net and we have not done that today, " said a frustrated Haveron afterwards.

"We haven't shown the quality in the final third to show the dominance that we had in the match, so to lose this game is hard to take. We squandered far too many chances in the final third."

The home side's attacking trio of Curtis Allen, Stephen O'Flynn and Chris Lavery could still be playing today without scoring, as all three passed up great opportunities for the Glens to encroach on the top six, but wastefulness in the final third, whether picking the wrong pass or lacking composure in front of goal quelled their threat.

And when Mayse ghosted in at the back post to blast in David Elliott's superb delivery across the six yard box with Mallards' only attack of the first half, those misses proved even costlier.

The second half played out in the same way, with visiting goalkeeper Richard Brush denying Allen a leveller in spectacular fashion, brilliantly pushing away a goal-bound header, before O'Flynn's nod at goal was somehow flicked over the bar by Shane McGinty.

The visitors held on for all three points though, which pleased manager Gavin Dykes.

"Anytime you come to a club like this and you pick up any points, you're happy," he said. "Our keeper made a couple of great saves and in the counter attack we could have made it a bit easier for ourselves but, yes, we're happy."

 

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