PREVIEW: GLENTORAN v INSTITUTE (LIVE ON SKY SPORTS)

It’s the first televised Danske Bank Premiership fixture of the new season, as Glentoran host Institute live on Sky Sports tonight (7.45pm), we preview tonight’s game.

There’s renewed optimism at the Oval this summer following the takeover of the club and the dramatic late win against Ballymena United has finally kicked started their campaign after two draws and a defeat in their preceding three games. The Glens followed up the Ballymena victory with comfortable progression in the League cup with a 5-1 win over Ballyclare Comrades at the Oval.

Manager Mick McDermott continues to shape his new look squad, but there was only one major move involving the club in the final week of the transfer window, with defender Ross Redman joining Dungannon Swifts on loan for the remainder of the season.

That positivity hasn’t been shared by Institute fans who watched as newly appointed manager John Quigg resigned on the eve of the new Premiership season. Paul McLaughlin has taken the caretaker reigns for ‘Stute so far this season alongside assistant Sean Friars.

The North West side picked up their first point of the league campaign Saturday week ago, with a commendable scoreless draw against in-form Coleraine, they followed that up with a morale boosting win in the BetMcLean League Cup win over PSNI last week.

It was a busy final few days of the transfer window for Institute, as in came Cormac Burke, Graham Crown and Rory Brown from Coleraine whilst outgoing were Martin Gallagher and Aaron Jarvis moved the other way, alongside Callum Moorehead (to Ballinamallard United).

Officials

Jamie Robinson is the man in the middle for tonight’s game, he will be assisted by Andrew Nethery and Ryan Kelsey on the lines with Shane Andrews as fourth official.

Meetings Last Season

In the four Danske Bank Premiership meetings between the two clubs last season, it was Glentoran who had the better of the meetings, with three wins and a draw. The Glens won 2-1 in September, 2-0 in January and 2-0 again in April’s post-split encounter. Stute’s only point against the East Belfast club came in December 2018 when the two sides played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Brandywell Stadium with Joe McCready scoring a late equaliser for the home side.

Admission

This match is pay at the gate, with adult admission (£12), concession (£7) and children under-11 (£1).

Where to Watch

Tonight’s game is live on Sky Sports Football from 7.40pm, with coverage hosted by Graham Little.

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