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Good place: Ciaran O’Connor is enjoying life with the Glens

Good place: Ciaran O’Connor is enjoying life with the Glens

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Good place: Ciaran O’Connor is enjoying life with the Glens

Ciaran O'Connor gazed towards the sky and asked for some divine intervention. He didn't want to suffer the agony of shoot-out defeat in an Irish Cup semi-final again.

Last season it was his Warrenpoint Town side losing to Ballinamallard on penalties. On Monday night, after a gripping 1-1 draw at Windsor Park, O'Connor's Glentoran were one kick away from being defeated by Cliftonville when Conor McMenamin stepped up to take on Elliott Morris.

O'Connor, who netted his kick with aplomb, said: "Before McMenamin hit his penalty, I looked up to the sky and I was thinking 'is this going to happen again, losing another Cup semi-final in a shoot-out?' and, to be honest with you, I asked God for some help and thankfully he helped us out and Elliott came up with a fantastic save."