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Glentoran have 'enough quality' to secure Europa League spot, insists McDermott

Glentoran 2 Institute 0


Jump for joy: Marcus Kane scores Glentoran’s second

Jump for joy: Marcus Kane scores Glentoran’s second

Jump for joy: Marcus Kane scores Glentoran’s second

Mick McDermott says he's not worried about who Glentoran face in the Europa League play-offs because he believes his men are capable of beating anyone.

The Glens secured their place in next month's shoot-out courtesy of Saturday's 2-0 victory over Institute at a rain-lashed Oval, which guaranteed seventh place in the table for the east Belfast outfit.

Depending on how the Irish Cup final plays out, McDermott's men could have to win up to three further fixtures against top-half sides - all away from home - but the Glens chief insists he's not perturbed.

"The way the season is, the bottom team could beat the top team and that's a great thing," he said.

"However if you catch one of the top teams on a good day, they can hurt you, but I'm not worried because I think we have enough quality.

"We are organised at the minute and the enthusiasm in the group has been excellent and I think if you combine all that, we're going to be a challenge for any of those teams."

Glentoran, who needed just a point to book their play-off place, made the breakthrough on 75 minutes when referee Jamie Robinson rather harshly judged that Caoimhin Bonner had fouled Curtis Allen inside the box.

After Stute's protests were waved away, Darren Murray slammed the ball into the net, but was ordered to re-take the kick because visiting keeper Marty Gallagher wasn't ready. Murray, however, kept his cool to stroke the ball home again.

The win was sealed on 90 minutes when Chris Gallagher's left wing corner kick found skipper Marcus Kane and the defender made no mistake in heading home from close range to ensure McDermott's men signed off from Oval duty with a home win under their belts.

GLENTORAN: Morris (McLaughlin, 58 mins), Kirk, Peers, Garrett, Kane, Herron, Pepper, Gallagher, Allen, Murray (Gwiazda, 90 mins), McDaid (O'Neill, 72 mins).

INSTITUTE: Gallagher, R Morrow, Bonner, D Curry, McLaughlin, Moorehead (S Curry, 72 mins), Doherty, Jarvis, Brown (Dunne, 72 mins), McCready, Smith (J Morrow, 68 mins).

Referee: Jamie Robinson (Lurgan).

Man of the match: John Herron

Match rating: 5/10

Belfast Telegraph