|Glentoran Match Preview|
|Uploaded Sunday, 1st Jan, 2023 at 16:26|
|BALLYMENA United host Glentoran in the first game of the new year on Monday afternoon, with a Danske Bank Premiership game.|
|The last time the sides met was in September when the game started but was abandoned after just 15 minutes due to heavy downpours.|
|Latest results v Glentoran (all league unless stated):|
Ballymena United 1-1 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 19th March 2022. Att: 2013
Glentoran 4-0 Ballymena United, The Oval, 13th November 2021. Att: 1789
Glentoran 4-1 Ballymena United, The Oval, 10th September 2021. Att: 1920
Ballymena United 2-2 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 6th April 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Glentoran 0-2 Ballymena United, The Oval, 9th March 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 1-1 Glentoran, Ballymena Showgrounds, 19th December 2020. Att: Behind Closed Doors
So far this season the Glens have won 11 games in the league, drawn 2 and lost 5, leaving them sitting in 6th place in the Danske Bank Premiership table on 35 points, with 2 games in hand over 5th placed Coleraine who are a single point ahead.
They've lost their past 4 games including 3-2 and 1-0 defeats away to Crusaders and Cliftonville, and were beaten 3-0 by Linfield in the semi-finals of the BetMcClean League Cup and 2-1 by Linfield again in the Boxing Day derby game, both at The Oval.
United have managed 7 wins in the league, 2 draws and 10 defeats, leaving them 8th in the Danske Bank Premiership table, level with Glenavon who have played the same number of games, and a point ahead of Carrick Rangers who have played an extra game.
United have lost their last two games, a shock 1-0 defeat to Portadown at Shamrock Park and a 2-0 loss to Coleraine on Boxing Day at Coleraine Showgrounds.
Tickets cost £12 for adults and £8 concessions.
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.
|Entrance/Exit arrangements for Ballymena United fans:|
Ballymena United spectators will only be able to gain entry from the ECOS side of the stadium, in other words all spectators travelling to this match by car should drive to the roundabout on the Broughshane Road and take the turn off signposted to ECOS and follow Kernoghan's Lane into the car park at the rear of the Showgrounds.
Any home spectators walking to the stadium should walk down Suffolk Street onto Farm Lodge Avenue and make their way to Gate E, then around the new 2G pitch and along the rear of the Main Stand to the turnstiles at Gate P.
Slemish Drive turnstiles will NOT be open for this match and Slemish Drive car park will not be available for use by Ballymena United Supporters.
Supporters are also advised that at the end of the match Ballymena United spectators will be required to leave via gate P and on towards ECOS centre/Kernoghans Lane then Broughshane Road.
There will be no egress towards Slemish Drive or Warden Street egress to Suffolk Street may be subject to a short delay.
|Your understanding and assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated by the club.|
|Referee: Ross Dunlop. Assistant 1: Andrew Nethery. Assistant 2: Rachel Greer. 4th Official: Lee Tavinder.|
|The match kicks off at 3:00pm.|
|Both sides are on a poor run of form and, having lost their Boxing Day derby games, will be eager to get to winning ways to start the New Year off in style. 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|
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