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Glenavon Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United travel to Mourneview Park to face Glenavon in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was a week after the opening day 6-0 defeat at the hands of Crusaders, and ended in a 3-3 draw at the Showgrounds thanks to goals from Kyle Owens (2) and Cathair Friel.
Cathair Friel scored the third goal for United in the 3-3 draw in August
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Recent results v Glenavon (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 3-3 Glenavon, Ballymena Showgrounds, 10th August 2016. Att: 1112
Glenavon 1-1 Ballymena United, Mourneview Park, 5th April 2016. Att: 936
Glenavon 3-1 Ballymena United, Mourneview Park, 17th October 2015. Att: 730
Ballymena United 1-7 Glenavon, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th August 2015. Att: 849
Glenavon:
Glenavon currently sit 5 points behind United in 6th place, having won 4, drawn 5 and lost 2 of their league games to date. They had a scoreless draw in their game away to Carrick Rangers last weekend, Andrew Doyle being sent off for an off-the-ball incident late in the game.
Ballymena United:
Since their defeat to Ards in the league in August, United have went unbeaten in 10 games, with impressive wins over Linfield in the Northern Ireland League Cup and champions Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership last week.
Manager David Jeffrey spoke to ballymenaunitedfc.com ahead of the trip to Mourneview: -

"In preparing for Saturdays game we have to look at the match at home earlier in the season where we went from a comfortable position of 3-0 up and ended with a draw. As Saturday past has shown we've moved on since the start of the season but make no bones about it, playing Glenavon at Mourneview will be a tough test.

This Glenavon team have won two Irish Cups and are playing European football. That didn't happen overnight and we are aspiring to work a similar way of incrementally building year on year to be challenging in the same way. They have a talented group of players and this will be another big challenge in which we will benchmark where our development is.
Alan (Blayney) remains out, however we are delighted that he is showing very positive progress towards recovery. He's been able to run tonight in training and has been maintaining his fitness through work on the bike.

It's been a very frustrating time for Francis (McCaffrey) and I feel for him at the minute. It has felt somewhat two steps forward and one back in getting over this ankle injury. He did join the warm up tonight and had no adverse reaction to it, which was excellent.

Stephen (McBride) had an outstanding return to football against Linfield last week, but it potentially came a day or two too early so Danny Wallace came back in on Saturday. Stephen experienced some discomfort in the knee following the Linfield match that we believe is just a reaction to the recent surgery. He'll be out for Saturday but are hopeful that this isn't a setback.

Leroy (Millar) scored for the reserves on Wednesday night and then unfortunately went over on his ankle. He did take part in training initially tonight but had to retire early, so will probably not be in contention for Saturdays team".
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 1:30pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Gareth Eakin. Assistant 2: Paul Berry. 4th Official: Tony Clarke.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
The Sky Blues haven't won against Glenavon at Mourneview since February 2012 when two goals from Gary McCutcheon secured the win. Can United turn another statistic around and extend their unbeaten run to 11 games? It's been fantastic to hear the vocal support the team has received lately, and we'd really appreciate a good turnout!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin