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What a night: Annagh United celebrate their third goal, scored by Stephen Park, in the shock 3-2 win over Glentoran at Tandragee Road

What a night: Annagh United celebrate their third goal, scored by Stephen Park, in the shock 3-2 win over Glentoran at Tandragee Road

What a night: Annagh United celebrate their third goal, scored by Stephen Park, in the shock 3-2 win over Glentoran at Tandragee Road

Annagh United boss Paul Matchett is hoping last night's shock 3-2 League Cup win over Glentoran - which sparked the resignation of manager Alan Kernaghan - will be the turning point in their season.

Annagh lie bottom of Championship One - the second tier - having shipped 12 goals in three games, going down 5-0 at home to Loughgall on Friday night.

"The first goal was important, it gave us a real lift, and hopefully this result will kick-start our season. We fear nobody," said Matchett.

Coach Dean Smith hailed the effort put in by the players.

"I'm unbelievably proud. We were really down after Friday night and the boys know they didn't perform and that they had to up their standards," he said.

Asked if this will act as a launch pad, Smith said: "That's what we're definitely hoping, we have a great platform to build on."

Kernaghan, who quit after the defeat, said: "If we had taken the chances we created, we could have won the game by seven or eight. I am frustrated and I feel the fans' frustration."

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The game was expected to provide some relief for the Glens, who have endured a rough start to the season, and they had a bright start that saw Curtis Allen just poke wide.

The Glens, though, found themselves behind in the 20th minute when Jamie Gardiner sent a beautifully judged lob over the head of Elliott Morris.

The Premier League side piled on the pressure with captain Nacho Novo coming close just before the break and Jay Magee volleying over soon after it.

But once again, Kernaghan's side were to be punished for their wastefulness, this time by Jordan Campbell who bundled home in the 62nd minute.

It took a long-range effort from Ciaran Caldwell to break Glentoran's duck three minutes later, but his fantastic goal was almost immediately undone when Stephen Park's effort trickled under Morris' body.

Novo's first goal for the Glens five minutes from time was scant consolation for the visitors, who threw everything they had at Annagh late on, but they couldn't break through for a third time.

ANNAGH UTD: Hughes, Richardson, Taylor, Campbell, Stewart, White, Whitten, Park, Gardiner, McLurg, Judge. Subs: Riddle, McElroy, Smith, Wilson.

GLENTORAN: Morris, Smith, Redman, Birney, Magee, Harmon, Caldwell, Foley, Novo, Allen, Lavery. Subs: Nelson, Ferrin, Gordon, Kane, Cafolla.

Match rating: 8/10


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