0 - 2
Ray McKinnon (9)
Darren Jackson (52)
Paterson for D Smyth (46)
Totten for Morrison (56)
G Smyth for Moore (63)
Manley for Douglas (68)
Fettis for Hillis (68)
Cleland for Caskey (76)
Wilkinson for Jameson (76)
Mixu Paatelainen for Christian Dailly (57)
N.Cowie (Belfast) (Referee)
Our last pre-season fixture for the first team took us back to the Oval, Belfast, where we played in Europe a little under twelve months ago. This time it was a Testimonial for two long serving Glens men and we repeated our two goal success of last season.
In a match which we dictated almost throughout and indeed the Irishmen's only real chance of the game came as late as the 80th minute. It only took us until the eighth minute to threaten when Michael O'Neill neatly evaded a defender and made a bee-line for goal from the left and struck a shot from an acute angle which flew past the far post. Sixty seconds later Allan Preston blasted the ball across the face of the goal, but there was no taker.
An intricate move down the left was the foundation upon which our opening goat was built. Christian Daitly took a pass from Michael O'Neill and his centre broke to Ray McKinnon who hammered home a shot which went in via the underside of the bar.
Almost immediately after the re-start Brian Welsh saw his cracking 35 yarder graze the cross-bar. Five minutes later Darren Jackson let fly with a volley from 20 yards which simply flashed past Paterson into the top righthand corner of the net. We sustained our momentum and Darren Jackson had a header cleared off the line by McCaffrey. Both Mixu Paatelainen and Michael O'Neill missed the same cross when a goal appeared centre and with quarter of an hour left Allan Preston created an opening from which Paterson blocked Ray McKinnon's shot.
Ten minutes from time Manley, from a good position, headed a Totten cross over and that was the only threat of note for Alan Main in goal. So ended a comfortable victory for what was a very young United side with three teenagers in the starting line-up.
No league table has been added for this season.