Sammy denies Glens a dream start
Glenavon 1-1 Glentoran
Mick McDermott's Glentoran revolution is under way with a 1-1 opening draw with Glenavon at Mourneview Park last night.
Having been part of a consortium, headed by British-Iranian businessman Ali Shams Mohammad Pour, which resulted in the club being bought over earlier this month, McDermott has breathed fresh optimism into a team previously blighted by financial difficulties.
He made an appeal to the Glentoran fans to come out in big numbers to get behind the side last night, drafting a personal letter on the club's website - and those supporters didn't disappoint.
"Our future includes you," he stated. "I have only one goal - to drive the club forward. And, with the help of the fans, I hope to do that."
If last night was the sign of things to come, then the future is certainly looking bright for the Oval outfit.
Although the East Belfast boys had to settle for a share of the spoils, their high energy performance, complimented by flashes of skill, certainly suggested there are good days up ahead at the Oval.
They got off to the best possible start with Darren Murray firing them into an early lead, which was wiped out by a Sammy Clingan free kick.
Just to compound matters for Gary Hamilton's team, defender Rhys Marshall was dismissed before the interval following a crude challenge on Joe Crowe.
But the Glens were still given a rousing ovation on the way off by their big support. No doubt, they'll be back for more.