GLENTORAN 1 PORTADOWN 0
A hardly remarkable game, settled by a fantastic piece of skill by Marcus Kane and ended with two red cards for Portadown.
The first of these was issued to Keith O’Hara by referee Mervyn Smyth for hauling down Steven Gordon.
Then unused sub Mark McAllister was sent off from the dugout for expressing someviews on the matter which offended the officials.
Glentoran had the bulk of possession in the opening half and although Portadown squandered two decent chances, unusually through Darren Murray, it was the home side who led 1-0 at the break.
The goal from Kane came on 42 minutes when the Ports defence failed to clear a cross from the energetic Ciaran Caldwell on the left.
The ball fell to Allen who laid it off to Kane with the faintest of touches and the marauding full-back curled it into the top corner past the bemused Billy Brennan from 16 yards.
Earlier Allen had headed wide on 13 minutes, he teed up Fra McCaffrey who’s goalbound shot was blocked by Ross Redman on 17 minutes and then saw his lob drop wide in the 20th minute.
Murray’s first chance came after a quick counter attack on 34 minutes when his measured shot rolled just the wrong side of Hogg’s left hand post.
His second opportunity came just after Glentoran scored when he tried to knock Sean Mackle’s through ball over the advancing Hogg but the keeper stood firm.
But for a fine save from Brennan after David Scullion put Caldwell through it could have 2-0 to Glentoran 10 minutes into the second half.
Caldwell, Glentoran’s most impressive player on the day, was unlucky on 65 minutes when he unloaded a 25-yard shot which flew inches over after Allen teed him up.
Mackle fired over the top for the Ports on 69 minutes and Glens youngster Conor McMenamin’s effort went the same way after 74 minutes but the game was just idling towards its conclusion when the red cards started flying right at the end.
GLENTORAN: Hogg, Holland (Addis 48), Garrett, Magee, Kane, Scullion, Gordon, Nelson (McCaffrey 12), McAlorum, Caldwell (McMenamin 70), Allen.
Subs: McCaffrey, Addis, McMenamin.
PORTADOWN: Brennan, Casement, O’Hara, Ramsey (Oman 90), Redman, Garrett (McMahon 62), Gault, Mouncey, Mackle (Richardson 79), Murray, Twigg.
Subs: McMahon, Oman, Richardson.
Referee: Mervyn Smyth (Belfast)