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Coleraine Match Preview
Uploaded Sunday, 25th Dec, 2016 at 12:51

BALLYMENA United host Coleraine in the annual Boxing Day Derby on Monday afternoon in front of a sold out home stand.
It's less than a fortnight since United defeated Coleraine 3-0 after extra-time in the Northern Ireland League Cup to book a spot in the final, so Coleraine will be out for revenge.
Tony Kane and Cathair Friel celebrate the opening goal in the recent game, a penalty taken by Tony Kane
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Latest results v Coleraine (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 0-0 (3-0 aet) Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 13th December 2016. (Northern Ireland League Cup Semi-Final)
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
Cathair Friel celebrates after doubling the score in the Northern Ireland League Cup Semi-Final
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Manager David Jeffrey was delighted to reach his first cup final with the Sky Blues
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Coleraine:
Coleraine have lost 4 and drawn 1 of their last 5 games, including defeat at the Ballymena Showgrounds in the League Cup. They've also seen two players depart, with Rodney Brown joining Crusaders and Ruaidhri Higgins released from his contract. Having been sent to the stands in the recent game Oran Kearney received a touchline ban and is expected to be sitting in the stand.
Oran Kearney was sent to the stands by referee Evan Boyce at Ballymena Showgrounds earlier this month
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Ballymena United:
United have lost 2 and won 3 of their last 5 games, and currently sit in 4th place, 5 points ahead of rivals Coleraine. Despite last weekends 2-1 defeat to Linfield at the National Stadium, United have been in impressive form and will want to gain maximum points to extend the gap between themselves and the trailing pack. Kyle Owens will sit out the match through suspension after amassing 5 yellow cards this season.
History of the Boxing Day Derby:
Please click here to read an article about the history of the Boxing Day Derby between Ballymena United and Coleraine.
Tickets:
Admission to this game is STRICTLY by ticket only, and all tickets for the home support have been sold. Coleraine fans are advised to check their own website and social media accounts for details on where they can still buy tickets.
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.
Match Officials:
Referee: Andrew Davey. Assistant 1: Adam Jeffrey. Assistant 2: Andrew Nethery. 4th Official: Ken Gibbons.
Match Information:
Admission is available by ticket only.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Can United bounce back from their narrow defeat to Linfield last weekend with a derby win over rivals Coleraine? Get down to the Showgrounds tomorrow and cheer the boys on as they try to end the festive season on a high!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin