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McClean frustrated as Glens draw on his Brandywell return

Institute 1 Glentoran 1

Patrick McClean
Patrick McClean

By Colin Speer

Glentoran's Patrick McClean was disappointed he didn't win on his return to the Brandywell.

The former Derry City centre-back felt the Glens had enough clear-cut chances to see off Institute, but an inspired performance from goalkeeper Rory Brown, meant they had to settle for a point.

"It's disappointing that we didn't win the game and it's two points dropped, as far as we are concerned," he stated. "We had enough chances to win the match, but big Rory Brown, their keeper was outstanding.

"He made quite a few worldie saves but to be fair to Stute they battled hard and frustrated us.

"We didn't play well in the first half after getting off to a good start and, to be fair, Stute had some really good chances in the first half, but we got our act together in the second half and really should have won the game."

Stute boss Sean Connor was delighted that his side, for the third game in a row, battled hard for a share of the spoils against one of the 'big boys'.

"It's a tremendous point for us," he insisted.

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"When I came here eight weeks ago, we were conceding far too many goals and we have conceded only three in our last four games, so we are going in the right direction. Glentoran have come out in the second half, but I think we were the better team in the first half and I know they have lots of quality. We have defended really well and were in the right positions to defend.

"I don't think you could say there was one clear-cut chance that they had, maybe I'm wrong, yes they had chances, but a lot of them were shots from distance or the ball breaking in the box and we have dealt with them or blocked them. So any time Rory was sort of hit at, he was there and in the right place."

Glens took the lead on 15 minutes through Dutchman Elvio van Overbeek, but Stute battled back into the game and equalised two minutes before the break through Niall Grace.

"We're disappointed we didn't get all three points," Glens assistant boss Paul Millar ruefully admitted.

"I thought Institute did rightly in the first half for a period, but I thought we dominated the second half.

"Their keeper pulled off a couple of great saves, we hit the post, we hit the bar, we had a couple of missed chances and, credit to Institute, they put their bodies on the line with the amount they cleared. It was brilliant for them and frustrating for us.

"Institute gave their all, just as they did against Crusaders. They were well organised. But for us, it's two points dropped."

INSTITUTE: R Brown, Morrow (Leppard 87 mins), Crown, Curry, McLaughlin, Grace, Tourish, G Brown (McGurk 84 mins), McCauley, Bradley (Tweed 76 mins), McCready. Unused subs: Morrow, McIntrye, McNamee, Wells.

GLENTORAN: Antolovic, Kane, Peers, McClean, Pepper, Gallagher (Stewart 74 mins, Herron, Nasseri (O'Neill 86 mins), Plum, Overbeek, McDaid. Unused subs: Garrett, Frazer, Smith, Duroc, Morris.

Referee: Shane Andrews (Comber)

Man of the match: rory Brown

Match Rating: 7/10.

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