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Ballymena sound an early warning against Glentoran

By Nikki McWilliams

Ballymena Allstars are on a mission against Glentoran at the Oval tonight (7.30pm). The last time these two met, Glentoran claimed a controversial 1-0 victory.

That happened when referee Stephen Donaldson called a halt to the game 20 minutes early after Ballymena goalkeeper Ciara McCoy took a blow to the head. Both teams insisted they could resume as Ballymena were able to replace McCoy in goals. However, the man in charge wasn't for changing his mind.

"In the last match we were hard done by because the ref called the game short and we felt we could have got a point from it," aggreived Ballymena's Rachel Fulton said.

"But, we're going out with nothing to fear. I think we need to keep possession of the ball better and match up to the Glens in midfield because I felt that's where we lost out last time.

"We need to be aware of their wingers and giving away silly free kicks in dangerous areas because we know how well Kelly Bailie can hit them."

The number nine was optimistic when she spoke of teammates returning to the squad to give the side extra depth.

"We've got Emma Murray back from Holland which means we have a great attacking option up front," she added.

The East Belfast girls will have an eye on their upcoming trip to Scotland in the Women's Champions League qualifying stages (August 9-14) and coach Cheryl Lamont will be looking to keep intensity and momentum within her team.

Elsewhere, Shankill United Predators confront Crusaders at Seaview (7.00pm) whilst Dromore host Cliftonville at Dromore Community Centre (7.30pm). Mid-Ulster will challenge Linfield, who last week rattled the cages of Glentoran, at Rathmore Grammar School.

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