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Glentoran win first Sunday match

The Oval
The Oval pitch was declared waterlogged on Saturday

The first Irish League football match to be played on a Sunday resulted in a 1-0 win for Glentoran over Bangor.

A crowd of around 2,500 turned out to see Northern Ireland international Gary Hamilton score the winning goal in the 56th minute of the game at the Oval.

The match was hastily rescheduled after heavy rain prevented the match from being played on Saturday afternoon because of a waterlogged pitch.

A group of around 30 protestors met supporters as they entered the ground.

An amendment was made to Irish Football Association rules last year year to allow Sunday games if both clubs agree.

Darren Boyce missed an easy first-half chance for the Glens and Daryl Fordyce saw his 56th-minute penalty saved by Andrew Plummer, diving to his right.

Hamilton produced a classy finish on 56 minutes, timing his run to perfection, controlling the ball on his chest and then lifting the ball over Plummer.

Bangor exerted some pressure late on but were unable to find an equaliser.

see also
Glentoran 1-0 Bangor
07 Sep 08 |  Irish
Sunday soccer is put back onside
29 Nov 07 |  Northern Ireland

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