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Uploaded Friday, 30th Dec, 2016 at 12:34

BALLYMENA United travel to Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday to take on Ards in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The last time the sides met was in November at the Bangor Fuels Arena when United ran out 4-2 winners with a penalty from Tony Kane and a Cathair Friel hat-trick.
Cathair Friel scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over Ards in November
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Latest results v Ards (all league unless stated):
Ards 2-4 Ballymena United, Bangor Fuels Arena, 5th November 2016. Att: 614
Ballymena United 1-2 Ards, Ballymena Showgrounds, 25th October 2016. (Toals Co Antrim Shield QF)
Ballymena United 3-4 Ards, Ballymena Showgrounds, 20th August 2016. Att: 795
Ballymena United 1-1 Ards, Ballymena Showgrounds, 26th April 2014. Att: 393
Ards 0-0 Ballymena United, Bangor Fuels Arena, 1st January 2014. Att: 420
The victory in November came after United had been beaten twice by Ards at Ballymena Showgrounds this season, and was sweet revenge after the North Down side had dumped United out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield at the quarter-final stage.
David Jeffrey celebrates one of United's goals in the 4-2 win over Ards in November
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Since the last meeting between the two sides, Ards have been without a win, losing in the league to Glenavon, Crusaders, Glentoran and Linfield, coming away with a point each against Ballinamallard United, Coleraine and Carrick Rangers, and getting knocked out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield at the semi-final stage by a rampant Linfield who ran out 6-1 winners. They've also had a change of manager in that time, with Niall Currie moving to Portadown and Colin Nixon taking the reigns. Colin has been in charge since the middle of December, taking his new side to 2 draws in their last 2 games.
Ballymena United
United have won 4 and lost 4 league games since the victory over Ards, and currently sit in 4th spot, 8 points clear of rivals Coleraine. They have also managed to secure 2 wins in the Northern Ireland League Cup to secure a place in the final against Carrick Rangers in February.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 12:30pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Evan Boyce. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Stephen Donaldson. 4th Official: Peter McGrath.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off has been moved forward from 3:00pm to 2:00pm thanks to agreement from Ards FC.
Can the Sky Blues finish the year off with a bang and bring the 3 points back to Ballymena? A loud and proud support would be greatly appreciated so make your way to Bangor to cheer on the lads!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin