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McFall hails his star man Allen after he reaches special milestone

Glentoran 4-0 Ards

Ton-up: Curtis Allen
Ton-up: Curtis Allen

By Alex Mills

Curtis Allen may have grabbed his 100th Glentoran goal on Saturday, but manager Ronnie McFall predicts there a lot more to come.

After a wait of almost two months, Allen finally nailed the goal he craved after only 12 minutes against an inept Ards side at the Oval.

He picked the pocket of Dave Elebert and, with goalkeeper Sam Johnston out of position, Allen rolled the ball into the empty net from an awkward angle.

It helped light the fuse for Glentoran's first win in five games. Robbie McDaid and Marcus Kane got in on the scoring stakes before Allen drilled in his second of the day.

"It's a massive achievement for anyone to score 100 goals at any club," beamed McFall. "It's a big milestone and I've no doubt that there are a lot more goals in him.

"He's had to wait a while for the goal but he now has got the monkey off his back - all credit to him."

Allen had earlier predicted on Twitter that his landmark strike would arrive and he didn't disappoint.

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He beamed: "I woke up feeling good and decided it was the day for the 100th goal. Goals are a bit like buses - you wait for ages on one and then two come along together."

Ards boss Colin Nixon admitted it was his team's worst performance of the season.

"We conceded a bad opening goal and never really got going after that," he said. "The was the poorest performance we've had all year."

GLENTORAN: Morris, Kane (McGuigan, 70 mins), Gallagher, Herron (Pepper, 59 mins), Allen, McDaid, Davidson (McCarthy, 79 mins), Kerr, Crowe, Redman, Ferrin. Unused subs: Nelson, Garrett, Gordon, O'Neill.

ARDS: Johnston, Byers, Elebert (Kerr, 17 mins), Frazer (McArthur, 69 mins), M Kelly, McAllister, J Kelly, Tommons (McLellan, 46 mins), McClean, Nelson, McAleese. Unused subs: Mooney, Cherry, Mitchell, Strain.

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