A STRONG Glentoran squad featuring their captain, Colin Nixon; Stephen Carson, Andy Waterworth and Darren Boyce won the Walter McVeigh Cup in the Dromara Village-organised four-team tournament on Saturday.
The other three teams taking part were hosts Dromara, Paul Kirk’s Lisburn Rangers and Dundalk side Rock Celtic.
The first match saw Dromara take on Glentoran and this was a very good work out for Phil McDonagh’s side. After holding them to a 1-0 scoreline at half time and matching them all the way, Dromara were giving as good as they got.
But the Glens’ experience and fitness took over in the second half and they ran out 5-0 winners with Carl McComb grabbing a hat-trick and Ryan Newberry scoring a brace.
Lisburn Rangers took on Rock Celtic in the other match and this was a much closer affair with nothing between the teams and both playing some good football.
Rangers took the lead midway through the first half but Rock Celtic equalised just before half time. This match looked like heading to penalties but a superb strike by the Rock Celtic striker with just five minutes to go gave them a 2-1 win and they progressed to the final.
Dromara took on Lisburn Rangers in the third/fourth place play-off and it was an entertaining end to end match. With both teams showing signs of tiredness after already playing one match, there was plenty of space and gaps to exploit.
Lisburn took the lead and were leading at half time. But Dromara came back strong in the second half with goals from Brendan Agnew, Aaron Thompson and Mannus O’Gorman to secure a 3-1 win.
The final saw Glentoran take on Rock Celtic and this proved to be a one-sided affair with the fitness of the Irish League team shining through.
Owain Beggs, Stephen Carson and Richard Gibson were all on target as the Glens ran out 3-0 winners. They will have enjoyed the opportunity of two matches in the one day to give their full squad a good work-out.
A good crowd was in attendance and they were treated to some entertaining football. The Dromara club would like to thank the players, officials and supporters of all four teams who competed and it is hoped that this tournament will become a regular pre-season fixture.