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Football: Glens get Migen headache after a dose of Brann; HOPES HIGH FOR AWAY LEG.

Glentoran survived that scare, but were served a dose of misfortune minutes later when keeper Morris limped off with a hamstring strain.

Morris was replaced by former Ards keeper Ciaran McLaughlin, who was handed an unlikely competitive debut for his new club.

The Glens then came within inches of an opener in the 63rd minute.

Jason Hill's cross fell for McDonagh, whose shot was superbly parried by Thorbjornsen, and defender Zavrl produced a dramatic clearance to prevent Morgan from tapping in.

Just as Glentoran were cursing their luck at one end, Brann were breaking the deadlock at the other.

The classy Miller found space and released Albanian striker Menelli, who finished coolly past McLaughlin.

Glens boss Millar, introduced summer I signing Gary Hamilton in the 81st minute and the former Porta-down striker almost grabbed a late equaliser with his first touch.

Neill's free-kick fell, for Hamilton but Thorbjornsen made a reaction save to block the close-range shot.

Brann's night ended on a low when midfielder Monkam was sent off for a second booking in injury time for diving.

GLENTORAN: Morris, Nixon, Holmes, Walker, Simpson, McDonagh, Halliday (Hamilton 81), Berry, Morgan (Tolan 73), Hill, Neill.

BRANN: Thorbjornsen, Zavrl, Dahl (Miller HT), Sigurdsson, Knudsen, Haugen, Hanstveit, Menelli, Monkam, Saeternes (Bjarnason 67), Moen (Kalvenes 71).

REFEREE: Anders Hermansen (Denmark).


CROSS: Jason Hill
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2006
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