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Glenavon Match Preview
Uploaded Thursday, 11th May, 2017 at 16:53

BALLYMENA United face Glenavon at the Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday night in the Final of the Europa League Play-Offs.
22nd March 2014. A significant date going into the game. For anyone who doesn't remember, that was the last time Ballymena United managed to beat Glenavon in ANY competition, running out 2-1 winners at the Showgrounds. 5 players remain in the squad from that day - Jim Ervin, Tony Kane, Gavin Taggart, Allan Jenkins and Darren Henderson (who scored both goals).
There have been 11 games between the sides since then, Glenavon winning 9 and 2 ending in draws. In those games Glenavon have managed a total of 38 goals, while United have only scored 14.
The last game between the two ended in a 3-0 win for Glenavon at Mourneview Park, youngster Jordan Jenkins getting the first two goals and Greg Moorhouse sealing the victory.
Jordan Jenkins is congratulated after grabbing his second goal in the 3-0 defeat over United in April
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Recent results v Glenavon (all league unless stated):
Glenavon 3-0 Ballymena United, Mourneview Park, 8th April 2017. Att: 729
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
It looked good for United when Denver Gage put them 3-1 up in January
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Glenavon still ran out winners though, scoring 3 in the second half to secure a 4-3 win
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Glenavon beat Ballymena United 3-0 at the Showgrounds, Cliftonville 3-1 at Solitude, drew 1-1 with Coleraine away, and lost 3-0 to Linfield at the National Stadium and, in their last post-split league, lost 6-1 at Crusaders, leaving them in 6th place in the table. They defeated Cliftonville 5-3 at Solitude on Monday night to secure their spot in the Europa League Play-Off Final on Friday night.
Ballymena United:
Having started their post-split games behind Cliftonville, United managed to leapfrog them into 4th place on the final day of the league season, losing their first two games 3-0 away to Glenavon and 2-0 at home to Linfield, followed by a 4-1 win over Cliftonville and a 3-0 win over Crusaders, before a 1-1 draw against Coleraine moved them up a spot, guaranteeing home games in the Europa League Play-Offs. A 5-2 defeat of Dungannon Swifts on Monday night secured United's spot in the Final against Glenavon.
Match Officials:
Referee: Arnold Hunter. Assistant 1: Richard Storey. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Andrew Davey.
Match Information:
Admission, payable at the gate, is £10 for adults and £7 for seniors and youths.

Season Tickets and BUYA passes are not valid for this match.

Kick off is 7:45pm.

If the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes, extra-time of 15 minutes each way will be played, and if the scores are still level after extra-time the game will be decided by penalty kicks.
Can United end over 3 years of Glenavon dominance and qualify for European competition for the first time since 2004 when they faced Odense BK in the Intertoto Cup? The Club are expecting a large turnout for this game, so be sure to get there early! As always, you will be our 12th man, so be loud and proud and let's end the season on a high note - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin