Glentoran's hopes of finishing in the top 6 suffered another blow with a narrow home defeat against Linfield. Glentoran's performance mirrored a number of high profile games this season with periods of very encouraging play but a lack of conviction in the final third and sloppy goals costing Gary Haveron's side dearly. There was a quiet feel for a Big Two game with Linfield's title hopes looking bleak after last weekend's shock 1-1 draw with Portadown all but finishing off their chances of catching Crusaders at the summit of the table.
Glentoran 200 Club
February's 200 Club draw was made on Saturday 25th February
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Although six league places separate the two clubs, the previous three matches this season have been much closer than the league places would indicate. A late winner gave the Blues a 2-1 victory in Gary Haveron’s first game as manager in September. We drew 1-1 at Windsor Park on Boxing Day and in last month’s Irish Cup match we were defeated by an extra time winner after the 90 minutes again finished 1-1.
Reference today's article in the Belfast Telegraph over a call by a group of Linfield supporters.
Glentoran FC has at no point made any comment or complaint - direct or indirect - to any source about the pre match playlist at Windsor Park on Boxing Day.
Had either the newspaper or the Linfield Supporters Trust made contact with the club this would have been immediately and clearly explained.
The relationship between Glentoran and Linfield is a healthy one based on football rivalry. Glentoran's interest is on defeating Linfield and our other rivals on the pitch.
With this being the first Irish League game shown on Sky Sports in a couple of years, both teams will have wanted to show what they could do in front of a nationwide audience. Glentoran, after a solid if a little frustrating point on Saturday against Glenavon, were looking to claw their way into the top six ahead of the approaching league split. Unfortunately, in the warm-up Marcus Kane suffered an injury and was replaced by Aaron Harmon.
Danske Bank Premiership, Cliftonville V Glentoran
Friday 17th February 2017, kick-off 7.45pm.
This week we visit Solitude to play Cliftonville for the third time this season in the Danske Bank Premiership.
Although the Reds are currently five places above us in the table, honours are even in our meetings this season with one win each. We were beaten 2-0 at Solitude in August while second half goals from Nacho Novo and Steven Gordon turned around an early deficit into a 2-1 home win in October.
Prior to last weekend's Danske Bank Premiership fixture against Glenavon the Glentoran Supporters Committee (1923) presented a cheque for £2500 to the parent body to assist with costs for training facilities.
The cheque was handed over by Jimmy Carter, Chairman of the Glentoran Supporters Committee (1923) and Norman Ternahan (Glentoran Gazette) to Glentoran Chairman, Stephen Henderson and manager, Gary Haveron.
Glentoran and Glenavon played out a 0-0 draw on a bitterly cold afternoon at The Oval today. It was a game which both teams had chances to win but they failed to take them and neither manager is likely to be particularly happy with a point. Gary Haveron made four changes from the side which lost at home to Ballinamallard a fortnight ago as Birney, Harmon, O’Flynn and Caldwell were replaced by Ferrin, McAlorum, Smith and Gordon.
Danske Bank Premiership, Glentoran v Glenavon
Saturday 11th February 2017, kick-off 3pm.
Glentoran welcome Glenavon to the Oval for our third meeting in this season’s Danske Bank Premiership.
Glenavon are currently 6 points and 2 places above us in 6th place going into the game. However, head to head honours this season have been even with a 2-2 draw at the Oval under Roy Coyle in September (goals from Jonathan Smith and Steven Gordon) followed by 1-1 at Mourneview Park through a Jay Magee equaliser.