Glentoran 3 PSNI 1
Glentoran breezed into the third round of the League Cup with a comfortable 3-1 win over PSNI at the Oval last night.
It took just eight minutes for the Glens to open their account as Richard Gibson struck home from 12 yards beyond Keith Wilson in the PSNI goal.
The lively Martin Murray had a cheeky back-heeled goal disallowed three minutes later for offside as the home side piled on the pressure in the early stages.
However the PSNI posed a threat going forward and former Glenman Lukaz Adamcyzk made a nuisance of himself throughout and his backheel after 26 minutes forced a good save from Aaron Hogg.
A minute later, though, the Glens doubled their advantage when Richard Clarke’s free kick was flicked on by Jay Magee and Mark Clarke registered his first goal for the club, heading down past Wilson.
Another former Glentoran player in the PSNI ranks, Peter Steele, should have pulled one back for the visitors on 39 minutes when he was put through one-on-one but his poor attempt at a lob was easily gathered by Hogg.
After the break Gibson amazingly shot wide from just six yards out and after an element of complacency slipped into the Glens play they were caught out on the hour as Adamczyk broke clear and slipped the ball under Hogg for a deserved goal.
The two-goal lead was restored eight minutes later as sub Jimmy Callacher cracked home a free kick from the edge of the box.
GLENTORAN: Hogg, R Clarke, E Murray (Callacher, 46), Magee, Ward (Bradley, 81), M Clarke, Gibson (McComb, 62), Hill, M Murray, O’Hanlon, Birney. Subs: Kane, Gordon.
PSNI: Wilson, Brennan (Hadden, 55), May, McCrory, Philson, Brown, Picking, Holden (Fry, 70), Adamczyk, Arthur (Knox, 62), Steele. Subs: Hadden, Mackle.
Referee: Simon Creaney.