IRISH LEAGUE: Welcome win for Glentoran at Dungannon Swifts

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Jonathan Smith of Glentoran is awarded a penalty after he was takled by the Dungannon goalkeeper Andy Colman
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DUNGANNON SWIFTS 0 GLENTORAN 1

A late penalty saw Glentoran edge a tight game at Stangmore Park.

Jonathan Smith scored from the spot, converting the kick he won after being fouled by Dungannon goalkeeper Andy Coleman.

It was a disappointing finish for the Swifts, who were aiming to build on successive six-goal wins in their last two games.

A tight match produced few clear-cut chances, although both sides did hit the woodwork.

Chris Hegarty struck the crossbar for the home team after getting his head to a corner from Jamie Glackin.

Then, at the other end, a corner reached James Ferrin, whose header came back off the crossbar before being cleared.

The other main chances fell to Eric Foley, whose strike from distance was saved early on.

Also in the first half Jay Magee’s shot was clawed away by Coleman, who then denied Ciaran Caldwell on the rebound.

It seemed the match was heading for stalemate - until Smith’s late penalty gave the Glens the points.

Coleman brought him down as he closed in on goal, with Smith recovering to fire into the top left-hand corner.

DGN SWIFTS: Coleman, Burns, Hegarty, Armstrong, O’Rourke (Lavery, 82), Wilson, Fitzpatrick (McMahon, 61), Glackin, Burke (Harpur, 61), Teggart, Mitchell

Subs not used: Addis, Lowe, Lavery

GLENTORAN: Morris, Magee, Addis, Ferrin, Redman, Gordon, Caldwell (Smith, 61), Harmon, Foley, Lavery, Allen (Novo, 61)

Subs not used: Novo, McAuley, Leu, Nelson

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)