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Crusaders Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 5th Aug, 2016 at 08:27

BALLYMENA United visit Seaview to play Crusaders in their first game of the 2016/17 Danske Bank Premiership.
The last time the sides met was in March, in what was David Jeffrey's first game in charge of the Braidmen. The game ended in a scoreless draw and was the first clean sheet for United since a 1-0 win over Carrick Rangers in January.
Recent results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Crusaders 0-0 Ballymena United, Seaview, 12th March 2016. Att: 1239
Crusaders 3-2 Ballymena United, Seaview, 28th November 2015. Att: 1278
Crusaders 0-2 Ballymena United, Seaview, 17th October 2015. (Toals Co Antrim Shield QF)
Ballymena United 2-4, Showgrounds, 3rd October 2015. Att: 1173
Crusaders:
Crusaders won the Danske Bank Premiership for the second time in a row last season and always prove to be a strong team.

There could be some familiar faces in the Crusaders starting line-up, with ex-United players Sean O'Neill, Craig McClean, David Cushley and Richard Vauls all playing at Seaview now.
Ballymena United:
After finishing a disappointing 8th in the league last season, but since manager David Jeffrey was appointed in March he has made a raft of changes throughout the club, including a huge shake up of the playing staff.

United played 7 pre-season friendly matches, with two different squads sent out at the same time on three occasions to give the players and coaching staff plenty of time to prepare for the new season.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 2:00pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Andrew Davey. Assistant 1: Mark O'Brien. Assistant 2: Paul Berry. 4th Official: Peter McGrath.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Make your way to Seaview on Saturday and cheer on the Sky Blues as we open the league season against the Danske Bank Premiership champions for the past two seasons!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin