Glentoran's league form of recent has seen the side jump from fighting for the split places, to 4th in the league table. Glentoran haven't lost in the league since 15th Januray, however that was against Ballymena Utd at The Oval. This form compiled with our place booked in the semi-final of the Irish Cup and beating St Pat's in the Setanta Cup has led to a happy time on the field of recent to counter the issues off it.
For today's game Mark Clarke's suspension from the Linfield game kicks in as part of a two match ban. Apart from that the majority of Eddie Patterson's senior players are set to return following the second-string defeat at Sligo on Monday night. Victory in today's game will guarantee a top 6 finish ahead of Portadown but more importantly will keep us ahead of Coleraine and Ballinamallard in 4th and 5th. Being just 8 points behind Linfield with a game in hand also gives us something to aim for in the last few games of the season.
For visitors Ballymena Utd have had a roller coaster season having had some fantastic results compiled with some humiliating defeats. Losing 7-0 to Glenavon at Mourneview Park a fortnight ago was particularly humiliating. The Sky Blues will be hoping to bounce back this afternoon with a much better performance. They currently lie in 8th position just 2 points behind Portadown but after early season optimism of a top 6 place, 7th is now the best Ballymena can aim for.
As we inch closer to the business end of the season it would be fantastic to see our fans out in force for each game, hoping to cheer The Glens home to a high league placing and also a potential day out at the national stadium come May.