Allen aims to grab Europa lifeline

Curtis Allen, 28, joined Glentoran in January 2014

Curtis Allen, 28, joined Glentoran in January 2014

Glentoran striker Curtis Allen believes the newly-introduced Europa League play-offs are a potential lifeline for the Belfast club.

If the Glens beat Coleraine at the Showgrounds on Friday night they will face Cliftonville with a place in Europe on the line.

“It was a disappointing season, but we have a chance to achieve our target of European football,” said Allen.

“It all boils down to these two matches and we are full of confidence.”

Allen, a former Coleraine player, is aware of the huge financial implications of the play-off matches.


Curtis Allen has scored 21 goals for Glentoran this season

“It is massive for the clubs,” said Allen.

“We will want to try to bring in new players and to do that you need money.

“Crusaders, Linfield and Glenavon will all attempt to strengthen and we want to keep up.”

Coleraine finished in fifth place in the Irish Premiership, one place ahead of the Glens.

The winners of their match will travel to fourth-placed Cliftonville for Tuesday’s play-off final.

Success for Oran Kearney’s Coleraine would see them qualify for Europe for the first time in 16 years.

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