Town continue pre-season winning streak

ALAN Lee, Pablo Counago and Gary Roberts all netted as the Blues continued their unbeaten pre-season with four wins from four games.

Derek Davis

Glentoran 1 Ipswich Town 3

ALAN Lee, Pablo Counago and Gary Roberts all netted as the Blues continued their unbeaten pre-season with four wins from four games.

The friendly coupled as a testimonial for Glentoran skipper Paul Leeman who has served the Irish League club for 11 years and literally lives just round the corner from the Oval ground.


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Ironically the man of the moment conceded a late penalty for Town to secure the win.

The Blues started sluggishly but showed moments of the neat passing football they are capable of.

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This was also Glentoran's third game in five days after drawing with Hearts in a friendly on Monday and being held by Latvian side SK Liepajas Metalurgs in the UEFA Cup

The Glens went ahead on ten minutes when Daryl Fordyce, who had a spell, a Portsmouth, met Jason Hill's cross with a powerful header directed past Shane Supple The Blues had early been served a warning when former Blackburn Rovers striker Gary Hamilton hit a post with a 20-yard free kick.

Alan Lee equalised for Town seven minutes later when he nodded in a Jon Walters' cross.

Counago appealed for a penalty when moments later he was denied a goal as keeper Eliott Morris tipped away his low, left-footed shot on the turn.

Alan Quinn hit over the bar after more good work from Walters, while Garvan tried his luck for 20-yards but the keeper was behind the effort.

Supple made a save for the cameras to cleanly catch at full-stretch, substitute BJ McMenamin's 25-yard effort.

The Glens made a lot of changes at half time and Town took advantage and dominated possession.

Eight minutes after the break substitute keeper James Taylor made a good save from Lee but Tommy Miller's corner was glanced in by Counago.

Taylor also pushed away a Pim Balkestein effort as the Dutchman cut in from the left to hit a powerful 30-yarder.

But Roberts wrapped up the scoring when he netted from the penalty spot after Jordan Rhodes was brought down by Leeman.

Glentoran: Morris (James Taylor) McGovern (Gardener, 73) Neill (McMenamin, 32) Hill, Leeman (Harris, 89), Fitzgerald (Carson, 68 - Berry, 71) Ward (John Taylor, 46 - Simpson, 62) Fordyce (Maxwell, 46), Halliday (Burrows, 32) Hamilton, Scullion (Boyce, 45). Subs not used: Ferguson, Ipswich Town: Supple: Wright (Balkestein, 67) McAuley (Smith, 71), Bruce (Naylor, 65) Thatcher (Casement, 58): Walters, (Roberts, 69) Miller (Trotter, 62) Garvan (Shumulikoski, 62) Quinn: Lee (Rhodes, 56) Counago (Peters, 56). Subs not used: Holman, Haynes.

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