McMenamin hits hat-trick as Glens sweep Jeffrey's Sky Blues aside at BetMcLean Oval

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Conor McMenamin celebrates with teammates. Pic: GFC.

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Conor McMenamin helped himself to a hat-trick as Glentoran swept to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over David Jeffrey's Ballymena United at the BetMcLean Oval on Friday night.
The Glens started brightly with Robbie McDaid and Jay Donnelly having early chances.
Then Mick McDermott's men broke the deadlock on 18 minute when, from a Rhys Marshall cross, McDaid was able to divert a header past keeper Jordan Williamson.

 Robbie McDaid opens scoring at BetMcLean Oval

Just four minutes after that, McMenamin made it 2-0 after receiving the ball from Donnelly and cutting inside to beat Williamson with a right-foot shot at the near post.
There was almost a third before the half-hour mark but Marcus Kane's header from a corner was just off target.
The visitors did regain their composure and duly pulled one back five minutes from the break through skipper Leroy Millar after his ball across goal took a slight deflection off Patrick McClean.
However, the Glens restored their two goal advantage just after the hour with McMenamin's second of the evening, a composed finish after controlling the ball from a Donnelly lay off and slotting home from around ten yards out.
And the 26-year-old claimed the match ball less than ten minutes later, finishing off after Donnelly had broken clear to lob the visiting keeper.
Glentoran had opportunities to extend their dominance in the latter stages of the game with Shay McCartan and Seanan Clucas seeing efforts blocked, before Donnelly was thwarted by the keeper in stoppage time and Kane was denied by the post.

Glentoran: McCarey, Kane, McCullough, Burns, McCartan, Marshall, J. Donnelly, McDaid, McClean, McMenamin, Plum subs Bigirimana, R. Donnelly, Mitchell, Clucas, Smith, Marron, Glendinning
Ballymena United: Williamson, Chapman, Redman, Winchester, Kelly, McElroy, Waide, Bramall, Loughran, Keeley, Millar subs Johnston, McKeown, Kane, Henderson, Rodgers, Beattie, McMullan

The Glens move up to joint second with Larne ahead of Saturday's fixtures:

Decent evening for the Glens women as well:

There was drama at Derry, but it was alright on the night:


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