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Glentoran 2 Dungannon Swifts 1

With just two games played, Glentoran have already given their best Jekyll and Hyde impression.



Last week against Crusaders they battled bravely and fought for a 2-1 win at Seaview.

However on Saturday, in repeating that scoreline against Dungannon Swifts on their own pitch, the east Belfast men were sloppy and uninspiring.

Defensively they were relatively sound — aside from a blunder by Elliott Morris which gifted Dungannon their goal as he allowed Ryan O'Neill's free kick to somehow squeeze beneath his body.

But in the middle of the park, passes were continually failing to reach their targets and while up front Darren Boyce — who to his credit scored a superb goal – and Andy Waterworth worked hard, but they didn't penetrate the Swifts enough to cause problems.

Jim O'Hanlon had sent the Glens on their way with the opener by way of a huge deflection off Adam McMinn before Boyce doubled the lead with a fine finish following up on a great pass from Stephen Carson.

O'Neill's free kick gave Swifts the goal they at least deserved and perhaps they were unlucky not to have taken a point from the Oval.

Though it has to be said Dixie Robinson's men were made to look good by Glentoran who lacked spark, drive and invention in midfield and up front.

Luckily for the Glens, with a Big Two clash with Linfield just two weeks away, there were a couple of class acts turning out for the reserves at the weekend who will slot perfectly well into the first team in time for the meeting with their old rivals.

“Gary Hamilton and Ciaran Martyn are a couple of weeks away,” said boss Scott Young, who was far from pleased with his side's performance on Saturday.

“We are looking forward to getting those players back. They will add tremendous quality to the squad. The players know that they are in the jersey just now but just because you won a game of football doesn't mean you deserve to stay in the team.”

As for Dungannon Swifts, they showed that they might not be in as much difficulty as many suggested they would, but it's clear Robinson is lacking a striker and he is hoping to find the solution soon.

He said: “We do lack a wee bit of penetration in the final third and that's maybe something we have to look at. We have possibly Shane Coney coming back who will give us that. He is big and strong and he's been out for almost a full season.”

Belfast Telegraph