Irish Premiership: Ballymena Utd 1-3 Glentoran

Glentoran move to within one point of fifth-placed Cliftonville by beating Ballymena 3-1 at the Showgrounds.

Glentoran maintained their push for a European place with this victory over Ballymena at the Showgrounds.

Steven Gordon headed the Glens in front after 10 minutes and it was quickly 2-0 courtesy of a David Scullion lob.

Glens keeper Elliott Morris kept out a Darren Boyce effort before Tony Kane pulled one back with a sweet strike into the bottom corner.

Curtis Allen wasted a good chance but the striker sealed victory late on by slotting in from a Gordon throughball.

The visitors were two ahead after 12 minutes with Allen providing the flick-on for Gordon to nod home the opener.

Sky Blues keeper Tim Allen got a hand to Scullion's lob but he couldn't prevent it from going in and doubling Glentoran's lead.

Morris made a string a fine saves but Kane found a way through a minute from half-time as he fired in from Stephen McBride's cross.

Allen volleyed wide after good work from Jordan Stewart while Glens midfielder Stephen McAlorum was also off-target after he broke clear.

Gordon's pass sent Allen through with five minutes left and the forward calmly stroked home to secure the points for Eddie Patterson's team.

The in-form Glens have closed the gap to fourth-placed Cliftonville to one point while United are still without a league win since Boxing Day.

"It's a fantastic result - this is always a tough place to play and the main thing was getting the three points," said Glens boss Patterson.

"We started off like a house on fire while the boys stood up well to the physicality of Ballymena in the second half."

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