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Saturday 30th September v. Coleraine (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Coleraine Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United face rivals Coleraine in the Tennent's Irish Cup Quarter-Final on Saturday.
This is the fourth time United will have faced Coleraine this season, drawing 2-2 at Ballycastle Road in October, beating them 3-1 after extra-time in the Northern Ireland League Cup semi-final at Ballymena Showgrounds in December on their way to lifting the trophy just a fortnight ago against Carrick Rangers at Seaview. United also beat Coleraine 2-0 at the Ballymena Showgrounds in the Danske Bank Premiership on Boxing Day.
Tony Kane celebrates after scoring the second goal in the Boxing Day game
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Latest results v Coleraine (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-0 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 26th December 2016. Att: 2833
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 win over Coleraine
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Coleraine:
Since the last meeting of the sides, Coleraine are unbeaten in 9 games, having won 6 and drawn 1 in the Danske Bank Premiership, while defeating Carrick Rangers 5-1 at home and Tobermore United 1-0 in the 5th and sixth rounds of the Tennent's Irish Cup. Last weekend they drew with Cliftonville away from home.
Ballymena United:
In the same period Ballymena United have won 3 and lost 4 games in the league, dropping down to trail Coleraine by 2 points in the league table. Last weekend they beat Ballinamallard United 2-1 at Ferney Park after winning the Northern Ireland League Cup Final 2-0 against Carrick Rangers the previous weekend.
Captain Jim Ervin lifts the Northern Ireland League Cup to the delight of his team mates
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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.
Message from Ballymena United Supporters Liaison Officer Philip Simpson:
As Supporters Liaison Officer I have been asked by fellow supporters if it would be possible to organise a fitting tribute to lifelong supporter Trevor Burns.

Everyone knew Trevor throughout the League as a great character and die hard United fan. The tributes since his passing has been announced just reaffirms the great esteem he was held in.

As such, I think a minutes applause from the support in the 12th minute of our Irish Cup game against Coleraine would be a great tribute to our ultimate 12th man in Trevor Burns.

If everyone could share this please, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

RIP Trevor
Match Officials:
Referee: Tim Marshall. Assistant 1: Richard Storey. Assistant 2: Paul Robinson. 4th Official: Ross Dunlop.
Extra Official 1: Malcolm Moffatt.
Match Information:
Admission is available by ticket only and all tickets for the HOME side of the ground have sold out.

Kick off is 3:00pm.

Should the tie be level after 90 minutes, the game will go to two 15 minute periods of extra time each way, and if the sides are still level, a penalty shoot-out will take place to decide the winner.

The draw for the semi-finals will take place on BBC Radio Ulster Saturday Sportsound at around 5:30pm after the game.
Can the Sky Blues secure a second cup victory over Coleraine this season and take another step towards their second Irish Cup final in 4 seasons? Make your way to the Showgrounds on Saturday and get right behind the team as you've done so well and be the 12th man!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin