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Goal getter: David Scullion netted for Glentoran

Goal getter: David Scullion netted for Glentoran

Goal getter: David Scullion netted for Glentoran

Two goals - one early and one late - were enough to maintain Glentoran's remarkable record at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Beaten only once in the last 15 years, they made it 13 games unbeaten with strikes from Stephen Gordon and David Scullion giving the Glens a solid platform they never looked like relinguishing.

The hard-working Curtis Allen confirmed maximum points after Tony Kane's solitary response for United.

It was a bad start for United goalkeeper Tim Allen, making his home debut. He dropped a Scullion corner in the first minute and inside 12 minutes had been beaten twice.

In both instances the home defence was at fault, first giving the ball away to Stephen McAlorum on the left and when his cross came in, Curtis Allen headed it on for Gordon to meet it with another header which beat Tim Allen at his near post.

Just 70 seconds later it was 2-0 when Scullion found himself unmarked on the edge of the area and his lob seemed to be going over the bar but Allen's deflection only helped it into the net.

The Glens continued to hold the upper hand and when Stephen McCullough's low cross flashed across the penalty box, two defenders aborted all responsibility and Curtis Allen was inches away from getting a certain scoring touch, but a minute before the interval, United pulled one back when Stephen McBride's cross was headed away by Calum Birney straight to Kane whose low shot gave Elliott Morris no chance.

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Kane was forced to drop back to right back within seven minutes of the restart as Paddy McNally hobbled off, Jim Ervin moving into the centre of defence.

Five minutes from time Glentoran's Allen had the final say when Gordon sent him clear and he finished to move the Glens within a point of fourth place.

KEN Oman scored a debut goal as Portadown beat Loughgall 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the Mid-Ulster Cup.

Glenavon beat Dollingstown 6-0, Dungannon Swifts won 2-1 at Annagh United and Armagh City were 2-0 winners against Lurgan Celtic.


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