GLEBE United’s position in the Division Two table looks considerably healthier after a convincing victory over Maguiresbridge at a foggy Bellspark Road on Saturday.
A splendid brace by Toraigh McConnell and goals by the Sweeneys, Brian and Ciaran, secured a fourth win of the season for the North Tyrone men who, as a result of the maximum points haul, find themselves in the top half of the table.
Mind you Glebe didn’t get it all their own way.
In fact, it was the Bridge who registered the first goal when Rory Porteous beat two defenders before thundering the ball to the bottom corner of the net from all of 25 yards.
Before that both sides had threatened with Ryan Devine hooking a Adam Chartres effort off the goal-line after the attacker had rounded home net-minder Sean Patton before McConnell rattled the crossbar with a dipping shot.
McConnell however found his range and accuracy and levelled the game by lobbing visiting goalkeeper Gary Harpur from 30 yards.
On the half hour mark Glebe forged ahead, Thomas Semple crossing for fellow defender Ciaran Sweeney to tap home at the back post.
Maguiresbridge responded with Simon McCusker, Chartres and Warren Murphy all testing Patton while at the other end Eamon McGrath and Brian Sweeney threatened, with the latter also having an effort blocked on the line.
The next goal was always going to pivotal to the final outcome and early in the second period Glebe extended their advantage.
Following a quick counter attack, the visiting defence only partially cleared a Ciaran Sweeney cross and Brian Sweeney controlled the ball and cut inside before firing home.
United kept the foot on the throat of their opponents and, after attempts by Adam McElwee and Brian Sweeney, McConnell struck the knockout blow from the edge of the area.
Late on Patton denied Owen McGovern twice before tipping over a shot by McCusker.
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