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Carrick Rangers Match Preview
Uploaded Thursday, 25th Aug, 2016 at 12:48

BALLYMENA United travel to Belfast Loughshore Arena to face Carrick Rangers on Friday night.
The last time the two sides met was in April this year, the Sky Blues running out 2-0 winners in Carrick thanks to goals from David Cushley and Michael Ruddy.
Latest results v Carrick Rangers (all league unless stated):
Carrick Rangers 0-2 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 16th April 2016. Att: 564
Ballymena United 1-0 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 19th January 2016. Att: 657
Carrick Rangers 2-2 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 31st October 2015. Att: 585
Ballymena United 1-1 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 28th August 2015. Att: 874
Carrick Rangers:
Having narrowly avoided a relegation play-off last season, Carrick Rangers are now under new management in the form of ex-Portadown assistant Kieran Harding.

Over the summer they have lost numerous players, Conor McCloskey signing for Ballymena United, Aaron Harmon moving to Glentoran, Andrew Doyle and James Taylor joining Glenavon, Ben Roy leaving to join Dundela, Kyle Cherry going to Ards and Ryan Arthur heading to Larne.

Former United players Mark Surgenor, Paddy McNally and Nathan Hanley are all part of the Carrick playing staff now and they sit level on points with the Braidmen.
Ballymena United:
United have been poor defensively so far this season, conceding a total of 13 goals in their opening 4 games, although Ross Glendinning did help keep a clean sheet against Ballinamallard United a fortnight ago.

Last weekend seen the Sky Blues lose to an 89th minute goal at the hands of Ards in a 7 goal thriller, and manager David Jeffrey will be expecting a lot more composure throughout the team on Friday night.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 6:30pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Mark O'Brien. Assistant 2: Gareth Eakin. 4th Official: Steven Taylor.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
Can United bounce back again and grab a much needed three points? Your support would be greatly appreciated at Belfast Loughshore Arena in Carrick.
Match Preview by Paul Irwin