Donegal Celtic 0-1 Glentoran

Donegal Celtic go close during the Suffolk Road game against Glentoran
Donegal Celtic go close during the Suffolk Road game against Glentoran

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson started his reign with a Premiership victory over 10-man Donegal Celtic.

Kevin Keegan was sent-off on 18 minutes for handling on the goal-line and Richard Gibson netted the rebound after Robert Robinson saved his penalty.

Gibson wasted an good chance before the break while the hosts created second-half openings, with Ryan Henderson and Eamon McAllister going close.

Johnny Harkness almost equalised when his 25-yard free-kick hit a post.

Donegal Celtic made a bright start with Paul McVeigh diverting a Keegan shot wide.

Keegan handled from a Colin Nixon header and Robinson did well to push Gibson's spot-kick onto a post but the striker was well placed to net the rebound.

Gibson should have scored again two minutes from half-time but sent his close-range header wide.

Donegal Celtic came out strongly after the restart and Henderson cut inside before firing straight at keeper Elliott Morris.

Robinson tipped a Gibson free-kick over before McAllister's half-volley was kept out by Morris.

Morris was beaten as Harkness saw his 76th minute free-kick strike the woodwork.

Glentoran held on for a win which takes the east Belfast side up to fifth place.

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