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Saturday 26th August v. Linfield (away) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Coleraine Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 20th Mar, 2017 at 16:10

BALLYMENA United face rivals Coleraine at Ballymena Showgrounds in the Danske Bank Premiership on Tuesday night.
Just over a fortnight has passed since Coleraine knocked United out of the Tennent's Irish Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 4-0 victory. First half goals from Jamie McGonigle and Eoin Bradley and second half goals from the same pair gave the Bannsiders their first win over United of the season.
Latest results v Coleraine (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 0-4 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 4th March 2017. (Tennent's Irish Cup Quarter-Final)
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
Coleraine:
Since the last meeting, Coleraine have continued their unbeaten run with a 2-0 home win over Glentoran and a 2-1 away win against Glenavon on Saturday. This seen them jump above Cliftonville into 3rd place in the league table, and extend their points advantage over United to 5 points.
Ballymena United:
United bounced back from the defeat to Coleraine with a 3-0 win over Portadown at the Showgrounds, but were brought straight back down to earth with a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of Glentoran on Saturday. The Braidmen now sit 4 points behind 4th placed Cliftonville with a game in hand and, with only 7 games left in the league, every point is crucial now.
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: Steven Taylor. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Adrian Sobieski. 4th Official: Lee Tavinder.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
While Cathair Friel will be missing because of his red card on Saturday, several key players are returning from suspension, and will likely be in contention for the game. This could be a pivotal match in the battle for 3rd place in the league, so make your way to the Showgrounds and get behind the Sky Blues. Your support will be greatly appreciated!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin