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Harland & Wolff Welders Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 3rd Feb, 2017 at 11:25

BALLYMENA United travel to Tillysburn Park on Saturday to face Harland & Wolff Welders in the 6th round of the Tennent's Irish Cup.
This will be the 3rd season out of 4 in which the sides have met in the Irish Cup. In 2013/14 the sides met in the 5th round with the first tie at Tillysburn Park ending in a 2-2 draw with the Welders leading twice during the game, United goals coming from Tony Kane and Darren Boyce. The replay at the Showgrounds was a tense affair, United winning 1-0 with a 75th minute Gary Thompson goal. The following season it was the quarter-final before the sides met, Ballymena United running out 3-2 winners at Tillysburn Park after coming back from 2-0 down with late goals from Darren Boyce, Matthew Tipton and Gary Thompson.
Recent results v Harland & Wolff Welders:
Ballymena United 3-0 HW Welders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 20th September 2016 (Toals Co Antrim Shield Round 1).
HW Welders 2-1 Ballymena United, Tillysburn Park, 23rd July 2016 (Pre-Season Friendly).
HW Welders 1-2 Ballymena United, Tillysburn Park, 28th July 2015 (Pre-Season Friendly).
HW Welders 2-3 Ballymena United, Tillysburn Park, 28th February 2015 (Irish Cup Quarter-Final).
HW Welders 0-1 Ballymena United, Tillysburn Park, 22nd July 2014 (Pre-Season Friendly).
Ballymena United 1-0 HW Welders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 21st January 2014 (Irish Cup Round 5 Replay).
HW Welders 2-2 Ballymena United, Tillysburn Park, 11th January 2014 (Irish Cup Round 5).
Harland & Wolff Welders:
The Welders currently sit in 9th place on 26 points in the NIFL Championship with 7 wins, 5 draws and 9 defeats in their 21 league games so far. Ballymena United have already defeated them this season, knocking them out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield at the Showgrounds with a 3-0 win. Their last five league games have ended with 2 draws and 3 defeats, and they drew their last league game 1-1 at home to bottom of the table Annagh United. They reached the 6th round of the Tennent's Irish Cup with a 1-0 win over Lurgan Celtic at Tillysburn Park, the goal coming from Ethan Boylan.
Ballymena United:
Ballymena United are in 5th place on 45 points in the Danske Bank Premiership, with 14 wins, 3 draws and 10 defeats in their 27 league games so far. The last five league games has seen the Sky Blues win 2 and lose 3 games, and they beat Carrick Rangers 3-1 at home last weekend with 2 goals from Cathair Friel and 1 for Johnny McMurray. They reached the 6th round of the Tennent's Irish Cup with a 4-3 win on penalties over Cliftonville after normal time and extra-time ended 1-1.
Supporters Information:
Due to the magnitude of the game fans are advised that the Car Park will be CLOSED at Tillysburn Park this Saturday and will be in use for Players, officials and media personnel only. There is alternative parking on the Holywood Road and Supporters Buses will be accommodated in Knocknagoney Park, Car Park just across from the entrance of our ground. For those travelling in supporters buses they can alight at the main gate of Tillysburn Park and make the short walk to the turnstiles. Stewards will be in attendance in this area as points of information.

We expect some delays in and around the area of the ground this Saturday and advise fans to leave plenty of time for their journey.

Stewards will be at various places around the ground to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable match day experience.
Match Officials:
Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Andrew Neeson. Assistant 2: George Argyropoulos. 4th Official: Glenn Taylor.
Extra Official 1: John Ferry.
Match Information:
Admission is £7 (Adult) and £5 (Concession) and is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 1:30pm.
United have faced some very difficult games at Tillysburn Park over the past few years, so won't be going into this game expecting anything less than a battle. With the final of the Northern Ireland League Cup just over a fortnight away, cup fever is rife in Ballymena. Can United book a place in the quarter-finals of the Tennent's Irish Cup? A loud and proud support would, as always, be greatly appreciated by both the regular players and those who have been brought during the transfer window. Come on Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin