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Glentoran Match Preview
Uploaded Thursday, 24th Aug, 2023 at 14:29

BALLYMENA United host Glentoran at the Showgrounds in the Sports Direct Premiership on Friday evening.
The last meeting between the sides was in March at The Oval, United holding the Glens at bay until Danny Purkis scored in the 88th minute.
Latest results v Glentoran (all league unless stated):
Glentoran 1-0 Ballymena United, The Oval, 14th March 2023. Att: 2219
Ballymena United 1-3 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 17th February 2023. Att: 1838
Ballymena United 2-0 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 2nd January 2023. Att: 2004
Glentoran finished 3rd in the league last season, going on to beat Glenavon 5-0 in the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League play-offs before defeating Cliftonville in the final to qualify for European competition.

Glentoran faced Maltese side Gzira in the 1st Qualifying round of the UEFA Conference League, drawing 3-3 after extra-time in the 2nd leg at The Oval, ultimately going out 14-13 on penalties, Leon Boyd having his 2nd penalty saved.

So far this season, Glentoran have won 2 and lost 1 game in the Sports Direct Premiership.
Ballymena United:
Ballymena United have lost all 4 of their opening games this season, by 1 goal against Coleraine, Crusaders and Linfield, and 3 goals against Larne, all who finished in the top 6 last season.
Tickets cost £13 for adults and £9 for concessions. Children under 12 years old cost £3.

Ballymena United supporters can click this link and you'll be directed to the tickets page.

Glentoran supporters can click this link and you'll be directed to the tickets page.
Ingress/Egress details:
Supporters should be aware that the Slemish Drive turnstiles are closed to Ballymena United fans on Friday evening. Gate E down beside Northern Regional College will be open for pedestrians. Parking is available at Ecos and leisure centre car parks if main car park fills up.
Showgrounds Map
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Match Officials:
Referee: Shane Andrews. Assistant 1: John Doherty. Assistant 2: Ryan Kelsey. 4th Official: Keith Kennedy.
Match Information:
The match kicks off at 7:45pm.
The Sky Blues beat Glentoran in their first meeting last season, Sean Graham and Ryan Waide scoring in a 2-0 home win over the East Belfast side in January. While United are still to win a league game this season, they've been putting 100% effort in and were unlucky not to take a point from their game last Friday against Linfield, Chris McKee scoring in the 83rd minute to take the points for the visitors. Make your way to the Showgrounds on Friday evening and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin