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Last time at The Showgrounds: Allan Jenkins attempts to close down Mark Farren (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/


LAST season was a hugely disappointing one for both Ballymena United and Glenavon and both managers will be hoping to hit the ground running tomorrow in a bid to banish the memory of what went before.

Granted, the Sky Blues did win their first trophy in a generation in the shape of the County Antrim Shield but their form since then frustrated both their fans and boss Glenn Ferguson.

And the Lurgan Blues seem to have a bit of a hold over their Sky Blue equivalents lately, banging home no fewer than 13 goals in their last three meetings including a seven-goal annihilation which particularly hurt the United faithful.

'Spike' has barely altered the shape of his squad, bringing in only the experienced Stephen McBride and Neal Gawley.

His opposite number, Gary Hamilton, has been prolific so far during the transfer window, acquiring no fewer seven players - Adam Foley, David Rainey, Mark Patton, William Murphy, John Connolly, Gareth McKeown and Shane McCabe - to totally revamp his squad.

Will Ferguson's continuity beat Hamilton's new look charges? We'll know at 4:45pm tomorrow.

Last season
13th October - Ballymena United 2 (McCashin og, Teggart) Glenavon 1 (Hagan)
15th December - Glenavon 4 (Bates 2, Lindsay, Martyn) Ballymena United 1 (J. Davidson)
23rd February - Glenavon 7 (Shannon, Martyn, Farren, Liggett og, Brown, Neill, Bates) Ballymena United 0
20th April - Ballymena United 0 Glenavon 2 (Farren, Bates)

Match officials: Raymond Crangle, Greg McDaid, David Watt, Keith Kennedy

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