Busy pre-season schedule for Sky Blues continues this week

Ballymena United.
Ballymena United.

Ballymena United will step up their pre-season preparations this week.

AFter no match at the weekend due to the Twelfth holiday period, Glenn Ferguson’s side will embark on a gruelling schedule of three matches inside six days this week.

That starts with a trip to Lisbrun Distillery this Thursday night, followed by a visit to another Championship One side, Bangor, on Saturday.

Those games will help sharpen United’s players’ fitness ahead of their meeting with a Glasgow Rangers XI in golakeeper Dwayne Nelson’s testimonial match on Tuesday, July 21.

Tickets for that game are available from the following outlets: Stirling Trophies, Queen Street; The Kiosk Newsagent, Ballymena Train Station; Diamond Bar, Ahoghill; Ballymena Legends Loyal Supporters Club; Clough Loyal Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club

Meanwhile, Matthew Shevlin warmed up for his Milk Cup exploits with County Antrim later this month by scoring twice to salvage a 3-3 draw with Moyola Park in their latest pre-season game.

Shevlin, who has already carved his name in the club’s history books by becoming the club’s youngest scorer last season, scored twice as a sub after United had trailed 3-1 to the Championship Two side.

* Ballymena United have announced the dates for their three corporate lunches for this season as follows: 3rd October 2015 - Crusaders; 12th December 2015 - Warrenpoint Town; 26th March 2016 - Cliftonville