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Dungannon Swifts Match Preview
Uploaded Sunday, 7th May, 2017 at 18:48

BALLYMENA United host Dungannon Swifts in the semi-final of the Europa League Play-Offs on Monday night.
The last time the sides met was in January when United won 3-2 thanks to second half goals from Kyle Owens, Tony Kane from the penalty spot and Caolan Loughran.
Caolan Loughran sealed the points in January with a 78th minute winner
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Latest results v Dungannon Swifts (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 3-2 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 14th January 2017. Att: 840
Ballymena United 1-4 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 19th November 2016. Att: 886
Dungannon Swifts 2-2 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 3rd September 2016. Att: 437
Dungannon Swifts 2-4 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 9th April 2016. Att: 403
Ballymena United 2-4 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 27th February 2016. Att: 760
Ballymena United 1-0 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 24th October 2015. Att: 642
Dungannon Swifts 2-0 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 22nd August 2015. Att: 282
In the last game between the sides, Kyle Owens got the first United goal on 49 minutes
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Tony Kane then put United ahead from the penalty spot on 58 minutes before Caolan Loughran scored the winner
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Dungannon Swifts:
After finishing in the bottom half of the table, Dungannon Swifts lost their first post-split game 4-1 at Ards, before going on a good run of wins, defeating Glentoran 2-1 at home, Ballinamallard United 4-1 at Ferney Park, Carrick Rangers 4-0 at home and, in their latest game, Portadown 2-0 at home. This good run secured 7th place in the league table after 38 games and, more importantly, a spot in the Europa League Play-Offs.
Ballymena United:
Whilst United had secured their place in the top six as early as February with a 2-1 win against Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park, they were knocked out of the Tennent's Irish Cup the following week with a heavy home defeat to Coleraine. United bounced back with an easy win over Portadown but then went on an indifferent run of form before getting back on track in their last 3 league games with wins over Cliftonville and Crusaders and a draw against Coleraine. This pushed the Sky Blues a single point ahead of Cliftonville in the table into 4th spot, the highest league finish since 1981.
Match Information:
Admission, payable at the gate, is £10 for adults and £7 for seniors and youths.

Season Tickets and BUYA passes are not valid for this match.

Kick off is 7:45pm.

If the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes, extra-time of 15 minutes each way will be played, and if the scores are still level after extra-time the game will be decided by penalty kicks.
Can United grab a place in the final of the Europa League play-offs against Cliftonville or Glenavon? Get down to the Showgrounds on Monday night and, as always, be loud and proud of your support of the Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin