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Glentoran Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 15th Mar, 2019 at 13:01

BALLYMENA United host Glentoran at the Showgrounds in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last meeting between the sides seen the Sky Blues run out 2-1 winners, an Andrew McGrory opening the scoring, Curtis Allen levelling matters after 53 minutes, and Tony Kane sent Glentoran keeper Elliot Morris the wrong way with a penalty kick in the 74th minute to grab the points.
Latest results v Glentoran (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-1 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 20th November 2018. Att: 1205
Glentoran 0-1 Ballymena United, The Oval, 10th November 2018. Att: 1354
Glentoran 1-2 Ballymena United, The Oval, 23rd March 2018. Att: 1486
Glentoran 1-1 Ballymena United, The Oval, 6th November 2017. Att: 1109
Ballymena United 1-0 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 24th October 2017. (Toals Co Antrim Shield Quarter-Final)
Ballymena United 1-3 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 16th September 2017. Att: 1744
Since the turn of the year, the Glens have won away at Institute, at home to Newry City, away and home to Warrenpoint Town, drawn away to Newry City and home to Ards last weekend, losing at home to Dungannon Swifts, away to Crusaders, away to Linfield, home to Glenavon and away to Coleraine.

This leaves them sitting in 8th place in the Danske Bank Premiership without enough games to make it into the top six, but a chance to leap over Dungannon Swifts into the last available European play-off spot.
Ballymena United:
In the same period, United have won 7 games, drawn 1 and lost 5, 3 of those defeats coming at the hands of Linfield in the semi-finals of the Toals Co Antrim Shield, BetMcLean League Cup final and the Danske Bank Premiership. The only other side to beat the Sky Blues since the start of January have been Crusaders, who won 3-2 at Seaview on New Years Day, and sent United out of the Tennent's Irish Cup at the quarter-final stage a fortnight ago.

The derby game last weekend at Coleraine Showgrounds seen a much changed and very impressive Ballymena run out 4-0 winners with a goal from Adam Lecky and a hat-trick from Andrew McGrory to bring the gap to league leaders Linfield down to 6 points with a game in hand.

Manager David Jeffrey stated going into this game "We are punching so far above our weight it's untrue but football can change very quickly. Every team is fighting for points for one reason or another. We must be the best we can be for the town and Club."
Match Officials:
Referee: Shane Andrews. Assistant 1: Adam Jeffrey. Assistant 2: Bogdan Sfirloaga. 4th Official: Ken Gibbons.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
A win is crucial for United as they try to catch Linfield and keep Crusaders behind them, while the Glens are aiming for 7th place and a chance at European football. Make your way to the Showgrounds and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin