Glentoran II (A)

1st Team
Friendly
Sat 16th Jul - 10:30am
W
4-1
Bamber
Laughlin
Nixon
Nixon
Glentoran II 1-4 Wakehurst 
 
Wakehurst travelled up to the Billy Neill Sports Complex in Dundonald to take on Glentoran II in their third preseason fixture. 
 
Wakehurst started with the lions' share of possession and after a good ball down the wing by Kurtis McCartney, Corey Price crossed in for a first time header by Ryan Bamber, which he guided past the Glens’ goalkeeper, giving him no chance to open the scoring on the 13th minute. 
 
The game now was all Wakehurst and another move, starting from Conor Ross from right back saw a slipped ball through to Stewart Nixon who played the overlapping Aaran Weir in behind the Glens defence, where he put in an inch perfect cross for striker Andy Laughlin to slot home from close range on the 22nd minute and double Wakehurst’s advantage.
 
Goal number three arrived on the 40th minute when Nixon picked the ball up from 25 yards out and hit a low, driven shot past the 'keeper giving him no chance before the same player and Laughlin had shots sail wide with just the keeper to beat in the final minutes before the break.

Half Time: Glentoran II 0-3 Wakehurst
 
After the break, Wakehurst took their foot off the gas and let Glentoran back into the game and Findlay in the 'Hurst goal got down well to smother a well struck shot from the home striker.
 
Weir broke down the right hand side and played in a dangerous ball and after a goal mouth skirmish, the ball fell to Nixon to hammer home his second and Wakehurst’s fourth at the back post on the 71st minute. 
 
The Glens then pulled a goal back after a lapse in concentration from Wakehurst. 
 
All in all, a good performance but the team will be disappointed that they took their foot off the gas and didn't make the most of their other goalscoring opportunities. 
 
The first team’s next game sees them take on Limavady Utd at Mill Meadow with a 7.30pm on Monday 18th July, which will be another big test for the lads.
 
Starting Team: A. Findlay, C. Ross, N. Swann, P. McClure, K. McCartney, J. Logan, R. Bamber (C), A. Laughlin, A. Weir, C. Price, S. Nixon.
 
Subs: C. Allen & J. Hamilton