Lisburn Distillery 0 Glentoran 2
Financial issues at The Oval were set aside as Glentoran picked up their easiest three points of the season and boss Eddie Patterson was able to hail the younger members of his squad.
Leading scorer Andy Waterworth scored both the goals which all but wrapped up the win inside 28 minutes but it was the contributions of John McGuigan, Martin Murray and Jim O’Hanlon which he acknowledged afterwards.
“They got more game time, a bit more experience and while they will be in and out throughout the course of the next couple of months they are an integral part of this set-up,” said Patterson.
“They are of the future of Glentoran Football Club and the three of them didn't look out of place. They were fantastic in their work-rate, the way they played and combined.”
Distillery keeper Lee Windrum denied Waterworth with a good stop four minutes in and an even better one in added time but the keeper was beaten after 16 minutes when the former Whites’ favourite lobbed him from 20 yards out.
On 28 minutes O’Hanlon, who teased the hosts throughout, ran unchallenged across the box, fed Murray and his cross was turned in by Waterworth.
“It was comfortable enough” added Patterson, “and we could have had a few more in the second half, a bit more composure in front of goal and that would have materialised but, irrespective of how many you score, it's still three points at the end of the day and we climb another place in the table.”
It was a bad day at the office for home boss Tim McCann, especially given last week’s draw against Coleraine, but statistics show why the Whites are bottom — 12 goals scored and 37 conceded — and Glentoran keeper Elliott Morris had just one, relatively easy, save to make spoke volumes.
A former Glentoran favourite, McCann was understandably blunt post-match.
“We didn't turn up. I would say that was our worse performance of the season,” he rapped.
“It was shocking and I told the players that. I didn't see it coming. We deserved to get beat.”