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Tuesday 23rd April v. Glenavon (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 7:45pm

Linfield Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 25th Aug, 2017 at 12:45

BALLYMENA United travel to the National Stadium to face Champions Linfield on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met Linfield ran out 2-0 winners at the Ballymena Showgrounds, the goals coming from Jimmy Callacher and Andy Waterworth.
Latest results v Linfield (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 0-2 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 25th April 2017. Att: 2280
Linfield 2-0 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 21st January 2017. Att: 2364
Linfield 2-1 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 17th December 2016. Att: 2169
Ballymena United 1-4 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 8th November 2016. Att: 1631
Ballymena United 4-1 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th October 2016 (Northern Ireland League Cup Round 3). Att: N/A
The Blues had a great season last year, winning the Toals Co Antrim Shield with a 3-1 win over Crusaders, the Danske Bank Premiership with a lead of just 2 points over the same side, and finishing the season with 3-0 win over Coleraine in the Tennent's Irish Cup.

They currently sit between Glenavon and Coleraine at the top of the table, the three sides separated only by goal difference. Their opening game, at home to Carrick Rangers, ended with a 2-0 win, followed by a 2-0 away win over Ards, then a 4-0 away win over Dungannon Swifts last weekend.
Ballymena United:
It's been a poor start to the season for the Sky Blues, who currently sit in 10th place with a single point and a minus 8 goal difference. The opening night game at home to Crusaders ended in a 4-1 defeat, followed by a 1-1 draw away to Carrick Rangers and, last weekend, a 6-1 home defeat at the hands of Glenavon.

Having brought in new blood in the form of midfielders Daniel McIlhatton and Jake McNeill, spirits will be raised, but United know that formidable opposition lies in wait.
Match Officials:
Referee: Evan Boyce. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Gavin Hegarty. 4th Official: Declan Hassan.
Match Information:
Tickets are available at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Anyone who has been following United for long enough will surely remember Dominic Melly scoring a goal to secure our last league win away to Linfield in October 2004. That was the last season we'd played in European competition until this season. Could this be an omen? Is there a new hero out there? Make your way to Belfast tomorrow and get behind the team as they try to repeat that feat - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin