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Monday 27th July v. Coleraine (neutral) - Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup SF - k.o: 4:00pm

Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup semi-final

Glentoran Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 27th Dec, 2019 at 16:51

BALLYMENA United make the trip to The Oval on Saturday afternoon to face high-flying Glentoran in the last Danske Bank Premiership game of the year.
The last time the sides met was also at The Oval, Cathair Friel opening the scoring with a rebound after he'd had a penalty saved in added time at the end of the first half, the Glens responding with second half goals from Hrvoje Plum, Robbie McDaid and Marcus Kane to take all 3 points.
Latest results v Glentoran (all league unless stated):
Glentoran 3-1 Ballymena United, The Oval, 25th October 2019. Att: 1787
Ballymena United 1-2 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 24th August 2019. Att: 1727
Ballymena United 0-2 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 16th March 2019. Att: 1594
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:
Since the last game between the sides, the Glens have remained unbeaten in the league, winning 6 and drawing 3, leaving the East Belfast men 4th in the table on 41 points, just 3 behind league leaders Cliftonville. Their Boxing Day Derby game seen them defeat Linfield 3-0, goals coming from Elvio van Overbeek and Hrvoje Plum who grabbed two, the second from the penalty spot.

They were knocked out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield in November, beaten 1-0 away from home by Cliftonville at the semi-final stage, which was their last defeat in all competitions. The BetMcLean League Cup was even less kind to them, Coleraine knocking them out in the 3rd round with a 2-1 win at Coleraine Showgrounds.
Ballymena United:
In the same timeframe, United have won 3 league games, drawn 1 and lost 6, and now sit 7th in the league on 26 points, 6 behind 6th placed Larne who have a game in hand over the Sky Blues. Boxing Day wasn't as kind to Ballymena who went down 2-0 to early goals from Joshua Carson and Jamie Glackin in Coleraine.

The Braidmen made it a round further than Glentoran in the BetMcLean League Cup, losing 2-1 at home to Crusaders after extra-time thanks to a goal from Jarlath O'Rourke just a minute before the game would've went to penalties. Ballymena United also made it a step further than Glentoran in the Toals Co Antrim Shield, reaching the final thanks to a 4-0 home win over Harland & Wolff Welders, goals coming from an Adam Lecky hat-trick and a single tap-in from Shane McGinty.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 1:45pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Richard Storey. Assistant 2: Kristian Hanna. 4th Official: Ken Gibbons.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Can United bounce back from defeat against Coleraine on Boxing Day to defeat a Glentoran side who just won bragging rights in their own Boxing Day Derby game? Make your way to The Oval and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin