Skipper Allan Jenkins back for leaders Ballymena

Ballymena United skipper Allan Jenkins
Ballymena United skipper Allan Jenkins was sent-off in a league match at Glenavon

Premiership leaders Ballymena United will have captain Allan Jenkins back for Saturday's trip to Ballinamallard.

The big Scotsman missed Tuesday's 2-1 win over Institute because of suspension after being sent-off in a league defeat at Glenavon.

Sky Blues central defender Kyle McVey has recovered from injury.

"Going to Ballinamallard will be another tough test for us but we are looking to build some consistency," said Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson.

"We will keep playing our way and if we create chances I am confident we will put them away."

Ballinamallard are the only team in the top division yet to record a victory, having had three draws and three defeats so far.

Champions Cliftonville, deposed from top spot after drawing 0-0 at home to Linfield on Tuesday night, make their first ever trip to Milltown to take on Warrenpoint Town.

Town picked up their first points on Tuesday by beating Dungannon Swifts and team boss Barry Gray has a full-strength panel to select from.

"It was a massive result for us and we need to follow up on it," said the Warrenpoint manager.

"If you look at our results last season, it shows we competed better against the so-called bigger teams."

Striker Ciaran O'Connor, on loan from League of Ireland club Dundalk, is expected to start again after scoring on his Town debut in the 2-0 win at Stangmore Park.

Glenavon, just two points behind the league leaders, will aim to make it three Premiership wins on the bounce when they travel to Institute.

Newly-promoted Institute's encouraging start to their top-flight return was blotted by a 2-1 defeat at Ballymena on Tuesday.

"It was disappointing to lose to a penalty in the manner we did. It was a good performance away from home," said manager Paul Kee.

"We need to pick up as many points as we can at home but Glenavon are a good side.

"I watched them when they beat Ballymena last week and I know we will have to be at our very best."

Dungannon, down to ninth after losing their last three league games, travel to Mid-Ulster rivals Portadown.

Ports skipper Keith O'Hara had to sit out Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Glentoran as a result of a harsh red card in a match against Coleraine but is eligible to return at Shamrock Park.

Danske Bank Irish Premiership - Saturday, 9 September, 15:00 BST

Ballinamallard United v Ballymena United

Glentoran v Coleraine

Institute v Glenavon

Portadown v Dungannon Swifts

Warrenpoint Town v Cliftonville

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