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O'Hanlon is urging Glens to use Seasiders misery as a springboard

By Graham Luney

Jim O'Hanlon has backed Glentoran to use the pain of their County Antrim Shield defeat against Bangor to fire them to fresh heroics this season.

Dark clouds arrived over the Oval after that shocking 2-1 loss to the Seasiders but smiles were back on faces when Ballymena United suffered a 4-0 thrashing on Saturday.

Eddie Patterson's men went from woeful to wonderful within a few days and it's clear that some complacency crept into the ranks and Garth Scates' side took full advantage. But the Glens flexed their muscles at the weekend and O'Hanlon is now hoping to get on the scoresheet for the third consecutive game.

Glenavon arrive in east-Belfast licking their wounds after the bruising defeat to Linfield and with the memory of back to back defeats to Patterson's side last month still fresh in their minds.

But O'Hanlon says the Glens showed their pride in the jersey at the weekend and he insists the Bangor horror show could catapult them to happier times this season.

"First of all I'm delighted to be scoring goals - these last two are the first of the season for me and it's been a long wait," said the winger.

"You always set targets and I'm going to have to keep scoring to reach mine. The Bangor result was hard to believe. We have to give them credit but we only have ourselves to blame for not performing.

"Looking back I felt there was a little complacency and things didn't even feel right in the warm-up. They were always going to be fired up. You don't go out to lose a football match but you have to do enough to earn the win and we didn't. We knew we could not play like that again. That performance against Ballymena was a determined one and it was one for ourselves and the supporters.

"We spoke for about 45 minutes after the Bangor game and we knew the game was gone and what was important was how we reacted.

"You want to forget about games like that but it should always be in the back of our minds as we redouble our efforts to never let it happen again.

"We still have a lot to play for this season. It's difficult to know where we will finish in the league but every season you are looking to improve and we want to improve on last year's showing (the Glens finished fifth)."

O'Hanlon knows Glenavon will arrive at The Oval thirsty for revenge. "Not too long ago we beat them twice and they will remember that," added the 21-year-old who has made over 120 appearances for the Glens.

"The big plus for us is that Kevin Braniff is suspended."

Gary Hamilton should be available to play as his dismissal against Linfield was as a manager, not a player.

Glentoran fans gathered at Belfast City Hall on November 1 to celebrate a special bit of football nostalgia.

A dinner commemorating the centenary of Glentoran winning the Vienna Cup was organised by the Glentoran Community Trust and gave supporters an opportunity to reflect on that golden period in the east-Belfast club's history. The Vienna Cup was held in Austria during 1914 but it was only played once due to the outbreak of World War One.

Glentoran emerged triumphant, making them the only team from Ireland to win a European tournament!

Burnley, Celtic, Hertha Berlin and an Austria Select XI side also featured in the competition which was one of the first played between teams across Europe.

The Vienna Cup took pride of place at the City Hall event, alongside the original Irish Cup trophy and the Gold Cup, both of which were also won by Glentoran in the 1914 season.

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