Glentoran 2-1 FK Renova

Glentoran progressed to the Europa League second qualifying round after earning a thrilling penalty shoot-out win over FK Renova at the Oval.

Richard Clarke's curling effort put the Glens ahead on 31 minutes before Ismail Ismaili restored the Macedonians' lead in the tie on 59.

But teenager Martin Murray's glorious goal on 74 ensured extra-time.

Aaron Hogg made the vital save in the shoot-out as Glentoran progressed to face Ukrainian club Vorskla Poltava.

Youngster Murray struck the bar in the shoot-out while David Howland saw his effort saved.

However successful strikes from Andrew Waterworth, Darren Boyce and Jason Hill proved enough to see the Glens achieving a famous victory - helped by Hogg's decisive sudden-death save to deny Argjent Gafuri.

Glentoran were good value for their victory with the tie going to penalties after ending up 3-3 on aggregate.

Ismaili missed an early chance for the visitors but Boyce and Kyle Cherry went close for the Glens before Clarke's delightful curled opening goal on 31 after good work by Hill.

At the other end Aidan O'Kane made a vital block from Behrani and just before the break, Hogg, who was making his competitive Glentoran debut, brilliantly touched Ismali's shot onto the crossbar.

Close season signing Boyce miscued in front of goal when Waterworth put him into a scoring position.

Scott Young and Aaron Hogg
Glentoran boss Scott Young embraces keeper Aaron Hogg after the game

Later, former Coleraine striker Boyce curled a left foot shot towards the target but Renova keeper Armend Elezi made the save.

The tie appeared to swing Renova's way on 59 minutes as Ismaili netted after Hogg had parried Bajrami's shot.

Winger Stephen Carson came off the bench to make his Glentoran debut and he provided a cross for Boyce to glance a header just wide.

The Glens' second goal was a stunning strike from teenager Murray less than three minutes after he replaced Jim O'Hanlon.

The youngster picked up the ball and was permitted time and space to run at the Macedonian defence before dispatching a spectacular shot from distance to level the tie on aggregate.

Near the end of full-time Clarke saw a shot saved by Elezi as Scott Young's side pushed for a third goal to clinch the tie.

Renova substitute Boban Jancevski was sent off for a second bookable offence in extra-time before the tie went into a shoot-out.

Glentoran's shoot-out win sparked celebrations among home players and fans and booked the club the tie with Ukrainians Vorskla - starting with the home leg next Thursday.


Glentoran: Hogg, Nixon, O'Kane, Clarke, Taylor, Hill, Ward, Waterworth, Boyce, Cherry, O'Hanlon. Subs: Howland, Carson, Burrows, Gibson, McGuigan, Murray, Beggs.

Renova: Elezi, Trajkovski, Bajrami, Emini, Nuhiu, Ismaili, Metodija Stepanovski, Gasi, Statovci, Simovski, Ristov. Subs: Abduli, Kire Stepanovski, Asani, Gafuri, Krasniqi, Jancevski, Fetai.

Referee: Petteri Kari (Finland)

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