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Linfield Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 20th Jan, 2017 at 10:28

BALLYMENA United travel to Belfast to face Linfield in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was at the National Stadium in December, the home side running out 2-1 winners when it looked like a late Tony Kane penalty had snatched a point but Mark Stafford scored in the last minute.
Tony Kane safely tucked away his 11th penalty of the season in the 88th minute of the game in December
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Latest results v Linfield (all league unless stated):
Linfield 2-1 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 17th December 2016. Att: 2169
Ballymena United 1-4 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 8th November 2016. Att: 1631
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
David Jeffrey was disappointed after Mark Stafford grabbed a last minute winner in December
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Since the last meeting Linfield have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 1 in the league, and are currently in 2nd place in the league, although there's a 7 points gap up to 1st placed Crusaders. They beat Glentoran 2-1 after extra-time a fortnight ago in the Tennent's Irish Cup at The Oval and beat Glenavon 2-1 last weekend at Mourneview Park. Linfield will be missing Jamie Mulgrew who received his 5th yellow card of the season against Glentoran in the Irish Cup game. Manager David Healy will also be serving a touchline ban after an altercation during the recent win over Crusaders.
Ballymena United:
In the same period United have won 2 and lost 2 in the league, keeping them in 4th place behind Cliftonville. They also won their recent Tennent's Irish Cup game against Cliftonville at Ballymena Showgrounds, although it took a penalty shoot out to separate the teams. Last weekend they beat Dungannon Swifts 3-2 after a very entertaining game at the Showgrounds, Caolan Loughran scoring the winning goal in the 78th minute.
Caolan Loughran sealed the points with a 78th minute winner last weekend
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Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 1:45pm.
PSNI Information:
The PSNI have asked us to convey this information regarding the match against Linfield on Saturday.
Match Officials:
Referee: Tim Marshall. Assistant 1: Paul Robinson. Assistant 2: Mark O'Brien. 4th Official: Lee Tavinder.
Match Information:
Admission is strictly by ticket only. Tickets can be bought from Stirling Trophies, 37 Queen Street, Ballymena until Friday at 5:30pm, and from Davy McCaig (078 4916 2945). A small number of tickets will be available outside the ground where away supporters enter the stadium on Saturday afternoon, but there's no guarantee there'll be any left if you leave it too late.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
It's manager David Jeffrey's second game back at the National Stadium against his former side and, after the late disappointment last time, he'll be looking an improved performance on Saturday. Grab your ticket and make your way to Belfast to support the Sky Blues as they attempt to make it 2 league wins on the bounce!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin