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Coleraine Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 12th Dec, 2016 at 19:12

BALLYMENA United host Coleraine in the semi-final of the Northern Ireland League Cup on Tuesday night.
The last meeting between the sides was in October and seen goals from Cathair Friel put visiting United 2-0 ahead before goals in the 89th and 90th minutes from Jordan Allan secured a late draw for the home side. Last season it was Coleraine who put United out of the league cup at the quarter-final stage, and it's time for revenge!
Cathair Friel celebrates his first goal against Coleraine in October
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Friel celebrates his second goal in the same match
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Latest results v Coleraine (all league unless stated):
Coleraine 2-2 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 1st October 2016. Att: 1359
Ballymena United 0-2 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th February 2016. Att: 1367
Coleraine 2-1 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 26th December 2015. Att: 2120
Ballymena United 1-2 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 18th November 2015. (JBE League Cup Quarter-Final)
Ballymena United 0-2 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 15th August 2015. Att: 1283
Jordan Allan was pounced upon by his teammates after equalising in the October game
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Coleraine currently sit in 5th place in the table, one behind United, with a gap of 6 points. They made the semi-final by defeating Limavady United 3-0 at home, Knockbreda 3-0 at home and Crusaders at home after extra-time and penalties. They come into the game on the back of 3 defeats in a row - losing 2-0 to Carrick Rangers at Belfast Loughshore Arena, 1-0 at home to Cliftonville and 1-0 to Glenavon at Mourneview Park on Saturday.
Ballymena United:
The Sky Blues remain in 4th place in the league, 5 points off 3rd placed Cliftonville and a further point off 2nd placed Linfield. They made the semi-final with a 4-1 victory over Newington at home, another 4-1 win over Linfield at home, and a 2-0 win against Warrenpoint Town at Milltown Playing Fields. They come into the game on the back of a defeat followed by 2 wins, losing 2-0 to Cliftonville at Solitude then beating Portadown 2-0 at home before a superb late comeback to defeat Glentoran 3-2 at The Oval on Saturday.
Ticket News:
Tickets will be on sale at Stirling Trophies, Queen Street, Ballymena from 9:00am to 5:30pm on Tuesday, and at The Kiosk, Ballymena Station, Galgorm Road from 5:00am to 4:30pm on Tuesday.

Any remaining tickets will be sold from 6:45pm at a stall in the Showgrounds car park when you drive in via the ECOS entrance.
Entrance and exit details for fans:
Ballymena United spectators will only be able to gain entry from the ECOS side of the stadium, in other words all spectators travelling to this match by car should drive to the roundabout on the Broughshane Road and take the turn off signposted to ECOS and follow Kernoghan's Lane into the car park at the rear of the Showgrounds.

Any spectators walking to the stadium should walk down Suffolk Street onto Farm Lodge Avenue and make their way to Gate E, then around the new 2G pitch and along the rear of the Main Stand to the turnstiles at Gate P.

Slemish Drive turnstiles will NOT be open for this match and Slemish Drive car park will not be available for use by Ballymena United Supporters.

Supporters are also advised that at the end of the match ALL Ballymena United spectators will be required to leave via gate P and on towards ECOS centre/Kernoghan's Lane then Broughshane Road.

There will be no egress towards Slemish Drive, Warden Street or Suffolk Street.
PSNI Advice
"Hi to all football fans. We are all looking forward to the cup match on Tuesday night at Ballymena Showgrounds. We just wanted to let everyone know we will have extra Police on duty for this match, to offer reassurance to the fans and local residents and to prevent any disorder. We hope any rivalry between the two clubs stays friendly.

The vast majority of supporters are only interested in seeing their side win and enjoying the match however, there is a small element intent on causing trouble and getting into fights, which ultimately brings the club they claim to support into disrepute.

In order to ensure that the evening passes without incident every match goer must be prepared to be searched prior to entering the grounds. Last year we saw people bringing knives and flares and this is unacceptable. If you are found to be in possession of a weapon or unauthorised object then there will be consequences.

Our message is simple troublemakers should stay away."

Inspector Heather Scott, Neighbourhood Policing Team Ballymena.
Match Officials:
Referee: Evan Boyce. Assistant 1: Andrew Neeson. Assistant 2: Mark O'Brien. 4th Official: Keith Kennedy.
Match Information:
Admission is available to Ballymena United supporters by ticket only.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
Can United make a massive leap towards their first cup final under the management of David Jeffrey with a defeat over rivals Coleraine? As always, a loud and proud support would be appreciated by everyone in Sky Blue so make your way to the Showgrounds and help cheer the boys onto victory!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin