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New dad McGuigan inspires reborn Glentoran to second league win

Glentoran 2 Dungannon Swifts 0

By Steven Beacom

Glentoran are on a roll. Two league games. Two wins. No wonder there were smiles on the faces of the home fans last night and no one left the Oval with a wider grin than John McGuigan.

The Glentoran number 10 became a dad for the first time last week and netted on 52 minutes for his little boy Caiden, marking the goal with the iconic Bebeto celebration.

He followed that up by playing a part in Curtis Allen's third goal of the season on 72 minutes, following his brace in Saturday's victory at Ballinamallard United.

So much for the negative thoughts surrounding the Glens at the start of the campaign. If they keep going like this Gary Haveron's side will make the top six in the Irish Premiership!

The Glens yesterday announced they had signed former Leeds and York City forward Robbie McDaid, whose dad John McDaid played for the east Belfast club in the 1980s. Haveron was delighted by the latest victory and his new recruit.

"I'm delighted to get the deal done for Robbie. As a player and a person he is very much in keeping with what we want to do at the club," said Haveron.

"Robbie is coming back from full-time football and having trained with us recently I think he got a good feel for the boys and us of him. We all feel this is a great fit for both parties."

McDaid added: "It was a no brainer to join Glentoran. It is one of the biggest clubs in Northern Ireland. My dad is also delighted I'll be playing here."

GLENTORAN: Morris, Kane, Birney, Allen, McGuigan, McMullan, Davidson, McNicholl, Kerr, Redman, Ferrin. Subs: Nelson, Kelly for Allen 89, Delaney for Davidson (67), Foley, Knowles for McGuigan (78).

DUNGANNON: Addis, Wilson, Armstrong, McMahon, Mayse, Harpur, Teggert, O'Rourke, Clucus, McMenamin, Burke. Subs: Hughes, Fitzpatrick for Wilson (78), McElroy for Teggert (76), Hutchinson, Lavery for Mayse (59)

Referee: Tony Clarke (Newtownabbey)

Man of the Match: John McGuigan.

Match rating: 7 out of 10.

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