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Reds earn point at the Oval after stalemate

Photo: Bill Guiller

Tiernan Lynch’s men earned a point from the trip to the Oval after both sides failed to find a breakthrough in the scoreless draw.

It was the first time the Invermen failed to collect maximum points this season, but main their unbeaten run.

The visitors started the game brightly and an early free-kick from Marty Donnelly came close to breaking the deadlock. His dipping effort from 25 yards was eventually tipped over by Dayle Coleing.

Shortly afterwards it was that man Donnelly who had a chance again, as the ball was pulled back to the forward on the edge of the box, but this time his effort was well over the bar.

The home side began to grow into the contest and had a good chance to open the scoring just after the half hour mark.  A through ball found Robbie McDaid but, just as he was bearing down on goal, a heavy touch made Conor Devlin the favourite to collect. However his slip saw him play the ball off McDaid and the ball roll just the wrong side of the post.

Larne started the second half well again, with Fuad Sule firing over the ball from 20 yards out.

The closest the Invermen came to an opener was once again from the left foot of Marty Donnelly. He produced a swerving effort from almost 30 yards which looked destined for the top corner, only for Cooling to tip it around the post at full stretch.

Glentoran pressed late on and came close through Luke McCullough’s header, which was just wide of the post and Gael Bigirimana tested Devlin with a low shot, which he did well to save.

Full-time: Glentoran 0 Larne 0

Glentoran: Coleing, McCullough, Gallagher, McDonagh, Gorman (Bigirimana), McDaid (R Donnelly), McClean, Clucas, Crowe, Marron, J. Donnelly (O’Neill)
Unused subs:  Stewart, Brown, O’Connor, Cowan
Larne: Devlin, Watson, Robinson, Herron, Sule, Randall (Scott), McDaid (Hale), Donnelly (Wade Slater), Lynch, Cosgrove, Jarvis
Unused Subs C. Mitchell, Kelly, A. Mitchell, Hughes

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