Glentoran moved to the top of the table on goals scored after coming from behind to defeat Warrenpoint Town at the Oval on Saturday.
They clinched a 2-1 home win over 10-man Warrenpoint to top the Premier League for the first time in ten long years! They have now won 14 consecutive games on the trot and are in real contention for the league title this season.
Mick McDermott’s side enjoyed the majority of possession and chances in a scoreless first half but couldn’t find a way through with Robbie McDaid coming closest thirty minutes in, when he sent a header wide of the target.
Chris Gallagher, Hrvoje Plum and Marcus Kane also tested Warrenpoints keeper Mark Byrne while only a last ditch tackle from Danny Wallace denied Navid Nasseri the chance to go ahead.
Just five minutes into the second half Warrenpoints’ Alan O’Sullivan put the visitors ahead when he managed to control a Dermot McVeigh pass to blast it past Marijan Antolovic.
Warrenpoint kept up the pressure and nearly made it 2-0 when Colm Deasy forced Antolovic into a diving save to keep out his well taken effort.
Glentoran should have levelled on 68 minutes through a Elvio van Overbeek’s header but it hit just outside of a post. Glentoran were thrown a lifeline in the 70th minute when Warrenpoint lost keeper Byrne after he was shown a straight red card for impeding Jonny Frazer just outside the box when he was through on goal.
Mick McDermott’s side were quick to capitalize on their advantage with Plum picking out McDaid, the forward supplied a cool finish beyond substitute keeper Berraat Turker.
Plum secured the 2-1 win, ten minutes from time with a trademark free-kick which curled into the top corner to put the east Belfast on the league summit for the first time in decade.
Manager Mick McDermott downplayed the top spot saying “I don’t really care, to be honest, there are no trophies handed out in January and I haven’t even looked at the table”
“There are now 14 games to go,” he continued. “That’s not a mountain of matches so every game counts. It doesn’t matter who you play.
“Our schedule just says ‘game’ and ‘home’ or ‘away’. What’s the point in putting the team? It doesn’t matter.
“To go top, it’s obviously nice. It’s nice for the fans and for the community because they’ve been brilliant and they’ve suffered for a long time. Even though it’s only for 48 hours.
“It’s nice to be in the mix. We said we wanted to be close to the pack at the turn of the year, we did that, and now the target hasn’t changed except we want to remain close to the pack. We wanted to prove we could be competitive and now we want to maintain that.”
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