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Saturday 28th April v. Crusaders (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Linfield Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 7th Nov, 2016 at 15:39

BALLYMENA United face Linfield in a rearranged Danske Bank Premiership match at the Showgrounds on Tuesday night.
The game, which was supposed to be played on Saturday 8th October, is a huge match for both teams who sit level on points in the league table. The last time the sides met was in the third round of the Northern Ireland League Cup, United running out 4-1 winners at the Showgrounds thanks to goals from Johnny McMurray (2), Cathair Friel and Willie Faulkner.
Latest results v Linfield (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 4-1 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th October 2016 (Northern Ireland League Cup Round 3). Att: N/A
Ballymena United 0-4 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 23rd January 2016. Att: 1702
Linfield 2-3 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 12th January 2016 (Toals Co Antrim Shield Final). Att: N/A
Linfield 2-1 (AET) Ballymena United, National Stadium, 9th January 2016 (Tennent's Irish Cup Round 5). Att: N/A
Ballymena United 1-3 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 19th Demember 2015. Att: 1569
Linfield 4-0 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 8th August 2015. Att: 2120
United players celebrate the second goal from Johnny McMurray in the league cup win over Linfield in October
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Since the sides last met, Linfield have won 2 games, drawn 3 and lost 1, including draws in their last two league games. On Saturday they seen Mark Clarke and Roy Carroll both sent off early in the game and went 2-0 down to Glenavon at Mourneview before making a comeback in the last half hour to grab a point. As a result of his dismissal, Mark Clarke will miss the game, although Carroll has had his red card rescinded by the IFA disciplinary committee after referee Tim Marshall wrote to them saying he had made a mistake and the player is now able to play.
Ballymena United:
United have won 3 and lost 2 games since their win over Linfield in October, defeating current champions Crusaders along the way. On Saturday past United got their first win over Ards this season at Bangor Fuels Arena, a hat-trick from Cathair Friel and a Tony Kane penalty sealing the 3 points. As keeper Ross Glendinning is currently on loan from Linfield, rules do not permit him to play against his parent club.
Match Officials:
Referee: Keith Kennedy. Assistant 1: George Argyropoulos. Assistant 2: Kristian Hanna. 4th Official: Steven Taylor.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
While it's still relatively early in the season, with the two sides trailing Crusaders by 6 points in joint second place in the league, this has the potential to be a pivotal game for either or both teams. Three highly important points are up for grabs and it's set up nicely for a great game with both teams confident after their exploits at the weekend. As always, we'd really appreciate a huge turnout of loud and proud fans so make your way to the Showgrounds early and cheer on the boys - come on Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin