Football: GLENS HAVE FAR TOO MUCH HART; Glentoran 2 Allianssi 2 Darren's strike keeps Glentoran dream alive.
GLENTORAN have a fighting chance in the second leg of their UEFA Cup tie after a draw with Allianssi at the Oval last night.
Adriano was the difference for Allianssi as he scored one and made another goal after the Glens took the lead through new signing Stephen Parkhouse.
However a goal from midfielder Darren Lockhart two minutes from time kept Roy Coyle's side in the tie, the second leg of which takes place in Finland on July 29.
It was tough on the East Belfast side who had dominated throughout but clinical finishing from the Finns helped them to a draw.
The Belfast side looked sharp from the outset with their new strike force of Chris Morgan and Parkhouse upsetting the visiting defenders with their strong and skilful presence.
Glentoran were well on top as the half progressed and despite only having returned to pre-season training just over two weeks ago they looked like a team halfway through their season.
The visitors went 1-0 behind on 23 minutes. A long ball from the right was met by Morgan, who headed down to strike partner Parkhouse.
The 6ft 2in predator collected the ball brilliantly and blasted past a helpless Henri Sillanpaa from 20 yards.
The Belfast side kept their dominance throughout the first half but they had a scare just before half-time when Brazilian Adriano unleashed a terrific effort which Elliott Morris had to turn round the post.
Glentoran should have heeded the warning as it took just seven minutes of the restart for Allianssi to level the scoring.
Adriano flicked the ball to Solehmainen who scored from 20 yards out to silence the home crowd.
Glentoran upped the tempo and another new signing, former Manchester United defender Pat McGibbon, had two great chances to give the Glens the lead.
But they were dealt a sucker punch on 68 minutes when the impressive Adriano struck to give Allianssi the lead.
The Brazilians breezed past the Glentoran defence, running fully 30 yards before slotting home.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Glens fans, who must have thought they were about to witness a rare European victory.
However Glentoran did not lie down, pushing the Finns all the way before eventually grabbing the equaliser through that last-gasp goal from that man Lockhart.
The midfielder was played through by Kevin Keegan before lifting the ball over the goalkeeper to the delight of the home support.
GLENTORAN: Morris, Nixon, McCann, Holmes, McGibbon, Leeman, Keegan, Melaugh, Parkhouse, Morgan, Darren Lockhart. Subs: McCallion, Ryan McLaughlin, Hill, Kilmartin, Mannus.
AC ALLIANSSI: Sillampaa, Solehmainen, Haara, Simula, Marjamaa, Vajanne, Sampo, Sarajarvi, Stafsula, Munoz, Rantanen. Subs: Maannoja, Tuunainen, Pulkkinen, Ahlberg, Vuorinen, Ojanen, Heimann.
Referee: Neir Levi (Israel).
MINE: Glentoran striker Chris Morgan takes on the Allianssi defence at the Oval last night
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 16, 2004|
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