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Frazer thrilled to help Ards make history in overdue Oval triumph

Glentoran 0-2 Ards

By Alex Mills

Striker Jonny Frazer unknowingly helped battling Ards end a 30-year hoodoo at the Oval on Saturday.

The Co Down side last tasted victory against Glentoran in east Belfast on January 10, 1987, but goals from Michael McLellan and Frazer brought that unwanted statistic to an end.

It wasn't until Frazer returned to the warmth of the dressing room that he learned, via a tweet, that his team's losing jinx had ended.

"It's incredible that we haven't beaten the Glens here in 30 years," he said. "It's nice to be part of the team to break that run.

"It was just the result we needed. We've had a really tough schedule over the past few weeks, so we needed a good result at The Oval.

"We were not going to settle for a draw, we were coming for the three points. Yes, they had a few chances, but we certainly deserved to win it, I don't think anyone would deny that

"The goal just before half-time was a little bonus. Michael McLellan has waited patiently for his chance to get into the side.

"He took his goal really well - the keeper had no chance of saving his header. That gave us something to defend.

"We could have nicked another goal or two. I thought we were always dangerous on the counter attack. Had we been a bit more careful in front of goal, it could have been more.

"Once we got the second goal, it was game over. I probably wasn't at my best, but it's always great to get on the scoresheet. Jonah (Mitchell) actually took the ball off me, but he ended up putting it on a plate for me.

"That's my sixth of the season, hopefully there are more to come. I would like to get into double digits before the end of the season."

The former Linfield man added it's vital his team builds on their latest three points.

"Our league position is not where we want to be," he said. "We haven't had the start we wanted, but we have played all the big teams over the last few weeks.

"I know there is nothing easy in this league, but coming up to the festive fixtures, we'll be playing the teams in and around us in the league table. Hopefully, we can now kick on and get a few more points on the board.

"We have beaten the likes of Glenavon, Linfield and now Glentoran which proves we have quality in the team. Consistency has been our problem, so it's something we must put right."

Glens boss Gary Haveron agreed his team's performance was unacceptable.

"To be honest the opening of the transfer window can't come soon enough," he said.

"We've always known we've got to strengthen all over the park.

"I've given every single player in that dressing room an opportunity to impress and to show me they are good enough and have the ability to stay at this club.

"Unfortunately, some of them have failed to take up that opportunity and that's disappointing."

GLENTORAN: Morris, Ferrin (Smith, 77 mins), Addis, Kelly, Allen, McMullan (McCawl, 73 mins) , Davidson, Nelson, McNicholl (Delaney, 60 mins), Knowles, McDaid. Unused subs: Foley, Gordon.

ARDS: Hogg, Glendinning, Taylor, Byers, Ruddy, Frazer, Tommons, Hanley (Cherry, 72 mins), McAllister, McLellan (McComb, 77 mins), Mitchell (Kelly 90, mins). Unused subs: McMillen, Hall.

Referee: Tony Clarke (Belfast)

Man of the match: Jonny Frazer

Match rating: 5/10

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