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Elliott Morris is Glentoran's greatest ever keeper, hails boss Gary Haveron

By Gareth McCullough

Glentoran manager Gary Haveron could do nothing other than praise Elliott Morris after the experienced goalkeeper put in a huge performance to help his side earn three points at Warrenpoint Town.

Despite leading 2-0 at the break courtesy of Daniel Kelly and Tiarnan McNicholl goals, the Glens were second best all over the pitch with Matthew Tipton's home side hitting the post twice and forcing Morris into a string of saves.

Morris even stopped Darren Murray's penalty before Conall McGrandles' double saw the hosts deservedly draw level only for Kelly to head home the winner for a result the Belfast side scarcely deserved.

"He always has been and always will be [hugely important]," said Haveron of his keeper.

"He'll go down as probably the best goalkeeper in the history of the club. Some people might argue that, but the service he's provided and to continue to do it at his age, is testament to his professionalism, how he looks after himself and how he keeps himself right. He was fantastic today again and he saved a penalty.

"Warrenpoint can feel very hard done by.

"I said to the boys in the dressing room there that, on Tuesday night against Glenavon, we didn't get out of the game what we deserved. I thought we were really good. We put a hell of a lot into the game and lost a couple of players to injury.

"They've had since Tuesday to recover, but we looked leggy. We started like a house on fire with the early goal, but they were always the team that was pushing."

WARRENPOINT: Turker, Moan (Roohi, 85 mins), Dane, Wallace, McMenamin (Foster, 90 mins), McGrandles, Davidson, Forde, D Murray, S Murray, M Murray. Unused subs: Blayney, Mackle, Reilly.

Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Addis, Kelly, Knowles, Davidson (K Nelson, 46 mins), McNicholl, Ferrin, Allen, McDaid (Gordon, 90 mins), McMullan. Unused subs: Foley, Smith, McCawl.

Referee: Lee Tavinder (Dungannon)

Man of the match: Elliott Morris

Match rating: 8/10

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