Glentoran and Livingston played out a one-all draw at the Oval this afternoon in Michael Halliday’s testimonial match.
Glens manager Scott Young handed him the captain’s armband and both teams formed a guard of honour as Michael, wearing his usual number 9 shirt, walked out as a Glentoran player for probably the last time.
Glentoran had most of the early possession but it was Livingston who went in front after 14 minutes. Elliott Morris did well to thwart their first real attack of the game but from the resulting corner Robbie Winters headed home from close range. Five minutes later the Glens had a chance to get back on level terms when Andy Waterworth was fouled on the edge of the box. However Johnny Black was unable to repeat his effort from a week ago, his shot not troubling Tony Bullock in the Livingston goal.
On 28 minutes a great through ball from Ciaran Martyn found Andy Waterworth and the big striker made no mistake, firing home from 12 yards. On the half hour the Glens almost went in front. Grant Gardiner’s free kick was turned over the bar by Bullock, however referee Hugh Carvill signalled a goal kick. Gardiner swung over a great corner in the 34th minute but Colin Nixon’s header went just wide. On the stroke of halftime Elliott Morris did well to prevent Chris Malone giving the visitors the lead.
The game died somewhat in the second period with both managers taking the opportunity to give those on the bench a run out. Michael Halliday received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Sean Southam on 63 minutes and on 80 minutes Tim McCann came on for a 10 minute cameo. Both sides had a number of half chances to win the game but none were taken.
GLENTORAN: Morris, McGovern, Black, Nixon, Taylor, Callacher, Clarke, Martyn, Gardiner, Halliday, Waterworth.
Subs used: Taylor, McCann, Southam, Hall, Hill & McBurney
LIVINGSTON: Bullock, MacDonald, Watson, O'Byrne, Malone, Sinclair, Hamill, Barr, Kn.Jacobs, Russell, Winters
Subs used: Fox, De Vita, D.Jacobs, Ky.Jacobs