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Allen availability for Glentoran gives Carrick a boost in their relegation scrap

By Steven Beacom

Carrick Rangers have been handed an unexpected boost in the relegation battle with news that Glentoran's top goalscorer Curtis Allen will be available to play against bottom side Ballinamallard United tomorrow.

The Fermanagh outfit and Carrick have the same number of points, but Davy McAlinden's team have a better goal difference of five making them favourites to avoid automatic relegation from the top flight on the last day of the season and enter a play-off with Championship side Newry City next month.

Ballinamallard felt that Glentoran's appeal to the Irish FA Disciplinary Committee against Allen's red card versus Dungannon Swifts earlier this month would take place this week but the governing body has confirmed that the case will now be heard next week.

That means the striker, who has scored 19 league goals despite Glentoran's indifferent campaign, will be available for selection in what will be Ronnie McFall's final home match in his second spell as boss at the Oval.

Allen had been charged with violent conduct after being red carded following an incident involving Dungannon's Seanan Clucas, who was also dismissed.

The Glens ace protested his innocence and, fearing that their ace marksman would be suspended for the European play-offs, the club launched an appeal on April 19.

It was thought the case would be resolved this week. Had it gone against Allen that would have meant him missing the Ballinamallard match, but he won't know his fate until after the regular season is over.

Meanwhile it will be next week at the earliest before the Glens announce who their new boss will be.

It is understood former Rangers and Glens star Nacho Novo, ex-Northern Ireland skipper and one-time St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas and IFA Elite Performance Coach Darren Murphy, previously in charge of Dungannon Swifts, are amongst those who have spoken to the east Belfast club about the role.

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