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Dungannon Swifts Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United host Dungannon Swifts in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The two sides last met in September at Stangmore Park, United coming back from 2-0 down to draw with goals from Conor McCloskey and Cathair Friel.
Latest results v Dungannon Swifts (all league unless stated):
Dungannon Swifts 2-2 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 3rd September 2016. Att: 437
Dungannon Swifts 2-4 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 9th April 2016. Att: 403
Ballymena United 2-4 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 27th February 2016. Att: 760
Ballymena United 1-0 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 24th October 2015. Att: 642
Dungannon Swifts 2-0 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 22nd August 2015. Att: 282
Cathair Friel scored the equalising goal in the 2-2 draw at Stangmore in September
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Dungannon Swifts:
Since the last encounter between the sides, Rodney McAree has guided his team to 2 wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats in the league, and currently sit in 8th place in the table with 18 points. They reached the quarter-final stage of the Mid-Ulster Cup, ending up crashing out to Glenavon at Mourneview Park, and were knocked out of the Northern Ireland Football League Cup on Wednesday night, losing 2-0 to Carrick Rangers at Belfast Loughshore Arena.
Ballymena United:
Over the same period, Ballymena United have had 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats in the league, working their way up to 3rd place in the table with 30 points. They were knocked out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield at the quarter-final stage, losing 2-1 to Ards in Ballymena, but made it through to the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland League Cup on Wednesday night, goals from Willie Faulkner and Cathair Friel securing a 2-0 win.
Jim Ervin:
Ballymena United club captain Jim Ervin is set to make his landmark 100th appearance in Saturday's game. The 31 year-old defender joined the club in January 2014 from Linfield, following a decade's service to the Windsor Park club under his current manager, David Jeffrey.
Since making his debut as a substitute against Harland & Wolff Welders in the Irish Cup his 99 appearances to date have produced two goals. Ervin's time at the club has unfortunately had it's lows too including a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered during in the Irish Cup final defeat to Glenavon in 2014, which kept him out of football for nine months.
However, following his return to action August 2015, Jim succeeded Allan Jenkins as club captain and in his first season as captain, led the Sky Blues to a memorable victory over his former club in the final of the County Antrim Shield in January this year.
If selected, he will join the elite band of current players with a milestone of a century of appearances; this list currently includes Tony Kane, Gary Thompson, Gavin Taggart and Allan Jenkins. Hopefully there are many more appearances to come from Ballymena United's popular number 21!
Allan Jenkins and Jim Ervin lifted the Toals Co Antrim Shield in January
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Match Officials:
Referee: Lee Tavinder. Assistant 1: Adrian Sobieski. Assistant 2: Andrew Nethery. 4th Official: Garvin Taggart.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Dungannon Swifts are without a win since 12th October, but have always provided stiff opposition to United over the years, the visitors winning the last encounter at the Showgrounds. Make your way to the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon and cheer on the injury-ravaged Sky Blues and they try to stand strong and keep their league form on track!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin