Irish Premiership: Glentoran 2-0 Ballymena Utd

Ciaran Caldwell celebrates scoring Glentoran's second goal against Ballymena at the Oval
Ciaran Caldwell celebrates scoring Glentoran's second goal against Ballymena at the Oval

Glentoran followed up Monday's win over Glenavon with a comfortable Premiership victory against the Sky Blues.

Jonathan Smith converted an early penalty at the Oval before the Glens forward dragged a good chance wide.

Ciaran Caldwell's crisp strike into the bottom corner doubled the lead against a sluggish United team.

Ballymena improved after the break but failed to created clear-cut chances and Smith almost added a third for the hosts when he hit the woodwork.

The hosts dominated the first half and were good value for their 2-0 advantage at the break.

United protested when a penalty was awarded for Jim Ervin's challenge on Smith but the young forward kept his composure to slot in a ninth-minute opener.

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Irish Premiership : Glentoran 2-0 Ballymena

Caldwell rifled home on 21 minutes and the Glens could have added to their tally as Ballymena struggled.

The visitors gained a foothold in the second half but were restricted to long-range efforts.

Smith struck a post from close range and Curtis Allen headed over at the backpost as Glentoran finished strongly.

What they said

Glentoran manager Alan Kernaghan said: "We were shipping plenty of goals but the boys have been magnificent in turning things around.

"The players showed grit and determination in the game and we got another clean sheet - the only thing that has changed is the workrate and attitude."

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