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Glentoran Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 9th Dec, 2016 at 15:37

BALLYMENA United travel to East Belfast to face Glentoran in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday.
The last time the sides met was at the Showgrounds in September when goals from Allen Jenkins, Willie Faulkner and 2 Tony Kane penalties helped United to a 4-1 win. The past 11 league games against Glentoran at The Oval have resulted in 5 wins, 1 draw and 5 defeats.
The last time the sides met was at the Showgrounds in September when goals from Allen Jenkins, Willie Faulkner and 2 Tony Kane penalties helped United to a 4-1 win. The past 11 league games against Glentoran at The Oval have resulted in 5 wins, 1 draw and 5 defeats.
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Latest results v Glentoran (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 4-1 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 24th September 2016. Att: 1469
Glentoran 2-0 Ballymena United, The Oval, 20th February 2016. Att: 1450
Ballymena United 0-1 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 7th November 2015. Att: 1302
Glentoran 1-3 Ballymena United, The Oval, 5th September 2015. Att: 1032
Tony Kane celebrates after scoring a penalty in the September game
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Glentoran:
Since the last meeting of the sides Glentoran have gained 16 points in the league from a possible 30 with 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats, a huge improvement in form from the start of the season. The Glens will be missing Calum Birney from their line-up through suspension. They come into this game after a 2-2 draw against Champions Crusaders.
Ballymena United:
In the same period United have also gained 16 points in the league, from 5 wins, a draw and 4 defeats. The Braidmen have no players suspended but a few players remain out of contention through injury. Last weekend Fra McCaffrey grabbed a brace as the Sky Blues put Portadown to the sword at home.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 1:45pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ross Dunlop. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Neil Gillespie. 4th Official: Chris Morrison.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Despite the 4-1 win earlier in the season, Glentoran always provide tough opposition and they've greatly improved since bringing ex-United player Gary Haveron in to replace Alan Kernaghan as manager in late September. A loud and proud support would be welcome as we try to go secure another three crucial points in the league!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin