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Carrick Rangers Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 14th Aug, 2017 at 19:34

BALLYMENA United travel to Belfast Loughshore Arena on Tuesday night to face Carrick Rangers.
United fans will remember the last time the sides met, as it was in the Northern Ireland League Cup final at Seaview in February. The Sky Blues were crowned League Cup champions for the first time with a 2-0 victory over the East Antrim side, goals coming from Allen Jenkins on 45 minutes, and Conor McCloskey on 90 minutes.
Allan Jenkins celebrated after scoring the first goal at the end of the first half in the League Cup final
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Conor McCloskey fired in the goal that sealed the win in the 90th minute
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Latest results v Carrick Rangers (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-0 Carrick Rangers, Seaview, 18th February 2017. (Northern Ireland League Cup Final)
Ballymena United 3-1 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 28th January 2017. Att: 955
Ballymena United 2-0 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th November 2016. Att: 839
Carrick Rangers 1-4 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 26th August 2016. Att: 720
Captain Jim Ervin lifted the League Cup trophy to the delight of his team mates
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Carrick Rangers:
Carrick finished last season in the relegation play-off spot and, while they drew the first leg 1-1 away at Institute, came through in the home leg with a comfortable 4-1 win. An impressive run in the Northern Ireland League Cup seen them make the final at Seaview, but the Sky Blues managed to overcome them and win the trophy.

Their first game of the season on Saturday seen them lose 2-0 to Champions Linfield at the National Stadium, goals from Niall Quinn and Kirk Millar in the first half enough to secure the win.
Ballymena United:
After a solid hour against last season's runners-up Crusaders, United had a goal lead thanks to Matthew Shevlin, but the score was turned on its head after Paul Heatley pulled a goal back and Kyle Owens was sent off for a last ditch foul on the goal scorer.

From there it went downhill, the North Belfast side adding a further 3 goals through Heatley, Colin Coates and Jordan Forsythe.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 6:30pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Lee Tavinder. Assistant 1: Jarlath McElholm. Assistant 2: Joseph Wilson. 4th Official: Mark Dillon.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
Both teams are looking for their first points of the new season after defeats over the first weekend. With the Sky Blues holding their own against Crusaders for just over an hour on Friday night, they should go into this game with confidence so make your way to Carrick and be loud and proud in your support of the Braidmen - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin