Balloons, scuffles and a PSNI escort – things get dangerous at the Oval during Glentoran’s loss to Larne

Glentoran’s faithful were more than explicit on the state of affairs at the club before, during and after yesterday’s loss to Larne.

As the teams emerged from the tunnel before kick-off, the home fans released a small number of balloons over Moyola Park in a nod to manager Mick McDermott’s comments after last week’s Irish Cup success.

Videos then surfaced on social media of at least one scuffle in the stands during the game, with fans divided over what was served to them on the field.

However, it wasn’t until after the game that Glentoran fans’ frustration really mounted.

About 100 crowded around the players’ entrance in the grandstand immediately after the final whistle.

Fans chanted “Mick McDermott get out of our club” as players and officials from Glentoran and Larne were forced to wait inside, with fans showing in no mood to leave quietly.

PSNI officers arrived to help the club stewards deal with the situation, with the group of angry fans eventually pulling out of the stadium and closing the gates.

Just after 5:30 p.m., McDermott was wheeled out of the oval, only to be spotted by a smaller number of fans gathering on Parkgate Drive.

One briefly stepped onto the road to block the route off the ground before being driven away.

Those who stayed continued to express their feelings with a “MICK OUT” banner and chants towards the vehicle transporting the Glens boss.

Determined to get him to safety, a PSNI car, flashing lights and siren, followed close behind McDermott’s vehicle.

It was the definitive end to a remarkable day for everyone involved at the Oval. Balloons, scuffles and a PSNI escort – things get dangerous at the Oval during Glentoran’s loss to Larne

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