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Dungannon Swifts Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 6th Oct, 2017 at 11:08

BALLYMENA United travel to Stangmore Park to face Dungannon Swifts on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was in last seasons Europa League Play-Off Semi-Final at the Showgrounds, United running out 5-2 winners thanks to goals from Tony Kane (2), Joe McKinney, Johnny McMurray and Kyle Owens.
Latest results v Dungannon Swifts (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 5-2 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 8th May 2017. (Europa League Play-Off Semi-Final)
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:
It was a poor start to the season by the Swifts, losing their opening 3 games to Coleraine, Glentoran and Linfield. They bounced back with 2 wins over Ards and Ballinamallard United, a defeat at Cliftonville, another win at home to Warrenpoint Town and, in their past 2 games, draws at Crusaders and Glenavon. This leaves them in 7th place in the league, a single point ahead of Ballymena United.
Ballymena United:
After an equally disappointing start to the season, United now have 3 league wins under their belts, a 1-0 home win over Cliftonville and 3-1 wins away to Warrenpoint Town and Ballinamallard. They injury ravaged Sky Blues lost 2-0 at home to derby rivals Coleraine last weekend, so will be hoping to bounce back with a win over the Swifts. This would take the Braidmen above the Tyrone side in the table and provide a welcome boost going into the midweek BetMcLean League Cup 3rd round tie against Portadown.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 1:30pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Keith Kennedy. Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson. Assistant 2: George Argyropoulos. 4th Official: Neil Robinson.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
It's been an up and down season so far for both sides, and the points from this game could prove vital in the attempt to reach the top six at the end of the year. With Dungannon having had 2 impressive draws in their most recent outings, it'll prove a tough challenge but the Sky Blues will be determined to bounce back from last weekends defeat. Make your way to Dungannon and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin