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Glenavon Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United travel to Mourneview Park on Saturday afternoon to face Glenavon in the first of 5 crucial post-split games.
The last time the sides met was the first match of 2017 for both teams, Glenavon coming back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 at the Showgrounds in an eventful game which seen Fra McCaffrey grab a brace of goals in the first half and sent off in the second.
It looked like United were heading for victory when Denver Gage put the home side 3-1 ahead on the stroke of half-time in January
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Recent results v Glenavon (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 3-4 Glenavon, Ballymena Showgrounds, 3rd January 2017. Att: 1060
Glenavon 5-0 Ballymena United, Mourneview Park, 22nd October 2016. Att: 1088
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
Fra McCaffrey played the role of hero and villian in January, scoring 2 goals and getting sent off
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Glenavon:
Glenavon secured a place in the top six with a 2-0 win over Dungannon Swifts at Mourneview Park in March, and since then have lost 2-1 at home to Coleraine and 1-0 away to Ards in the league, also going out 2-1 to Coleraine in the semi-final of the Tennent's Irish Cup last weekend at Ballymena Showgrounds. They currently sit in 6th place in the Danske Bank Premiership, 7 points behind United.
Ballymena United:
United's last victory, a 3-0 home win over Portadown, came on the same day Glenavon secured their place in the top six. Since then Ballymena have lost at home to Glentoran, away to Cliftonville, and held Coleraine to a 1-1 draw at the Ballymena Showgrounds. Glenavon have proven to be a bogey team for United over the past few years, with 7 wins and 2 draws since the last win for the Sky Blues in March 2014. United also haven't won at Mourneview Park since February 2012.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 1:30pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ross Dunlop. Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Shane Andrews.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Few teams have been more difficult for the Braidmen to beat over they past number of years, but this has been a season of new circumstances, winning the League Cup for the first time and finishing in the top six for the first time since the change in the league structure. United are guaranteed a place in the Europa League play-offs at the end of the season, but need to finish as high as possible in the league to have a chance of European qualification. As always, a large and vocal support would be greatly appreciated so make your way to Lurgan and cheer on the Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin