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Tuesday 23rd April v. Glenavon (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 7:45pm

Glenavon Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 18th Aug, 2017 at 13:03

BALLYMENA United host Glenavon on Saturday afternoon in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The last time the sides met was in the Europa League Play-Off Final in May, when United ran out 2-1 winners. Cathair Friel had opened the scoring on 53 minutes, with Rhys Marshall drawing the visitors level on 67 minutes. In the 80th minute substitute Kevin Braniff grabbed the winner, along with hero status, turning past two Glenavon players and unleashing a shot from 25 yards which took a deflection and cannoned onto the underside of the bar and over the line, securing a place in the Europa League this season.
Kevin Braniff congratulated after scoring the winning goal in the Europa League Play-Off Final
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Recent results v Glenavon (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-1 Glenavon, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th May 2017. (Europa League Play-Off Final)
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
A fantastic turnout of fans were in full voice at the Europa League Play-Off Final
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The Lurgan Blues have made a fine start to the season, and currently sit behind only Crusaders in the league, although there are 5 teams level on points. Their first game of the season seen them secure a 3-2 victory away to Warrenpoint Town with an own goal from Point's Jordan Dane and goals from Mark Griffin and Bobby Burns.

On Tuesday night they completely overran Ballinamallard United at Mourneview Park, winning 6-2 with a goal from Rhys Marshall, two goals from Andrew Mitchell and a hat-trick for Adam Foley.
Ballymena United:
While it has been a marginally better start to the season in terms of goal difference, the points remain the same - 1 from the first two games. On the opening day of the season United lost 4-1 to Crusaders, but held them well for the first hour before a Paul Heatley goal and a sending off for Kyle Owens gave the Crues the upper hand, which they took full advantage of.

On Tuesday night it was a different story though, Carrick Rangers unlucky not to take the points, playing better throughout the game and hitting the post with a penalty. The Sky Blues can be thankful they got a point from this game, and know much more is expected from manager David Jeffrey.
Home Fans Transport:
A reminder that local taxi firms Diamond Taxis and Ian's Cabs will provide a 10% discount to anyone travelling to or from the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon.

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Match Officials:
Referee: Arnold Hunter. Assistant 1: Richard Storey. Assistant 2: David Anderson. 4th Official: Tony Clarke.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

We'd like to remind supporters from both sides that, as part of a league wide increase in admission prices, Adults will be admitted for £11 and concessions for £7.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
The first three games of the Dankse Bank Premiership campaign last season seen United lose, draw, then win. A repeat of that sequence could provide the kick-start needed to get into the groove, but it'll be incredibly tough against high-scoring Glenavon. Make your way down to the Showgrounds on Saturday and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin