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Saturday 27th April v. Crusaders (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Glentoran Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United host Glentoran in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was in March at the Showgrounds, Glentoran running out 4-2 winners thanks to a Curtis Allen hat trick and a second half goal from Stephen Gordon.
Curtis Allen with the match ball after scoring his hat trick the last time the sides met
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Latest results v Glentoran (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-4 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 18th March 2017. Att: 1189
Glentoran 2-3 Ballymena United, The Oval, 10th December 2016. Att: 1445
Ballymena United 4-1 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 24th September 2016. Att: 1469
Glentoran have only lost one game this season, last weekend away to Linfield, although by all accounts it was a very tight game. They started with 2 wins on the trot, 2-1 away to Ballinamallard United and 2-0 at home to Dungannon Swifts. This was followed by 2 draws, 1-1 at home to Carrick Rangers and 2-2 away to Glenavon. Next up was the second round of the BetMcLean League Cup which they won 1-0 after extra-time away to Loughgall after drawing 0-0 at 90 minutes. Their last 2 games seen the Glens win 2-0 at home to Warrenpoint Town and lose 1-0 away to Linfield.
Ballymena United:
United had a tough start to the season, losing 4-1 at home to Crusaders on the opening day, followed by a 1-1 draw away to Carrick Rangers, then 2 further defeats 6-1 at home to Glenavon and 1-0 away to Linfield. They finally got a win under their belts in their defence of the BetMcLean League Cup, defeating Knockbreda 3-0 at the Showgrounds with goals from Cathair Friel, Joe McKinney and Willie Faulkner. This has been followed up by 2 league wins, first over 1-0 against Cliftonville at home with an Emmet Friars goal and a 3-1 away win against Warrenpoint Town, goals coming from Cathair Friel (2) and Emmet Friars.

Ballymena United currently sit 2 places and 4 points behind Glentoran in the league table, but will be hoping that changes on Saturday.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ian McNabb. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Andrew Davey.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Can United make it three wins on the bounce? It's certain to be a tough task so make your way to the Showgrounds and be loud and proud as always in support of your team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin