Crues departure from Europe, but a new arrival from Derry and Pepper lands at Oval

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New recruit Conor Pepper. Pic: Glentoran FC.

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Crusaders have bowed out of the Europa League qualifiers.

They drew 1-1 with Olimpija Ljubljana at Seaview on Thursday night but the Slovenian side go through 6-2 on aggregate. 

The Crues unveiled new signing from Derry City Rory Patterson before kick off.

Meanwhile, Glentoran have made their first signings of the summer, just in the nick of time for Saturday's opening Danske Bank Premiership game against Cliftonville.

Lee Chapman moves to the Oval from Carrick Rangers while also on board is former Republic of Ireland youth international midfielder Conor Pepper, who's been with Greenock Morton.

Video courtesy Glentoran FC and DigiVibe Media. 

Former Crues and Portadown striker Marcio Soares has joined Dungannon.

Championship club Larne have confirmed the signing of defender Graham Kelly whose previous club was Port Vale. 

Opening fixtures, Danske Bank Premiership

Saturday 4 August (kick-off 3pm) 
Coleraine v Warrenpoint Town 
Dungannon Swifts v Ballymena United 
Glenavon v Linfield 
Glentoran v Cliftonville 
Institute v Newry City

Monday 6 August (kick-off 7.45pm) 
Crusaders v Ards

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