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McGuigan's return can help Glentoran finish the season well, says Haveron

Lurgan Celtic 1 Glentoran 2

By Steven Beacom

Glentoran boss Gary Haveron has spoken of his delight at the return of injured John McGuigan insisting the number 10 can play a key role for the rest of the season.

McGuigan was a late substitute in Glentoran's 2-1 ­victory at Championship side Lurgan Celtic in the fifth round of the Irish Cup on Saturday and though he was only on the pitch for ­minutes, his quality was evident.

The Glens started the campaign superbly with McGuigan a big factor. It was telling that form dipped after he suffered a knee injury in October, but with a confidence boosting Big Two Boxing Day victory over Linfield now added to by McGuigan's comeback, Haveron has high hopes that the Glens can have a strong finish to the season. "It is a big, big plus having John back available to play," said Haveron. "He looks after himself well but he has only done a session or two with the team, so he will get stronger and better which will be great for us. You could see his energy when he came on late and he was unlucky not to score.

"If I can keep everyone fit I believe we have a strong, competitive team and we can move forward and finish the season well."

Curtis Allen opened the scoring for the Glens before they doubled the lead in the first half thanks to a Brian Toland own goal. Jordan Bell earned the home side a consolation.

LURGAN CELTIC: McPartland, J Rogers, Crawford, A Rogers, Grimley, Gibson, Toland, Bell, McDonald, Fitzpatrick, K McAlinden. Subs: A McAlinden for Fitzpatrick, McGoran for K McAlinden, Bunting for Grimley.

GLENTORAN: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Birney, Addis, Kelly, Allen, Kerr, Knowles, Nelson, Redmond. Subs: Smith for Birney, McNicholl for Garrett, McGuigan or Redmond.

Referee: Arnold Hunter (Maguiresbridge).

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