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Saturday 21st October v. Glenavon (away) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Portadown Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 9th Oct, 2017 at 10:58

BALLYMENA United host Portadown in the third round of the BetMcLean League Cup on Tuesday night.
The sides met our last pre-season friendly prior to this seasons league campaign kicking off, United running out 2-1 winners thanks to second half goals from Joe McKinney and Kevin Braniff.
Latest results v Portadown (all league unless stated):
Portadown 1-2 Ballymena United, Shamrock Park, 5th August 2017. (Pre-Season Friendly)
Ballymena United 3-0 Portadown, Ballymena Showgrounds, 11th March 2017. Att: 1045
Ballymena United 2-0 Portadown, Ballymena Showgrounds, 3rd December 2016. Att: 835
Portadown 0-2 Ballymena United, Shamrock Park, 17th September 2016. Att: 721
Portadown:
The Mid-Ulster side was relegated to the Bluefin Sport Championship at the end of last season and currently sit in 9th place, 5 points above bottom placed Larne. They have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 5 league games so far, most recently losing 2-1 at home to Ballyclare Comrades.

They beat Harland & Wolff Welders 3-2 at Shamrock Park to reach the third stage of the BetMcClean League Cup and will welcome the break from league action.
Ballymena United:
Despite qualifying for the Europa League through the play-offs at the end of last season, United have also had a poor start to the season, with 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 defeats in the league, leaving them in 8th place with 10 points, 4 behind 7th placed Dungannon Swifts who beat them 2-1 at Stangmore Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Sky Blues reached the third round of the BetMcClean League Cup with a 3-0 home win over Knockbreda, courtesy of goals from Cathair Friel, Joe McKinney and Willie Faulkner. Like opponents Portadown, United will also welcome the break from league action before facing Ards at home on Saturday.
Des Allen Suite
The Des Allen Suite will be open before the game for home supporters.
Match Officials:
Referee: Lee Tavinder. Assistant 1: Kristian Hanna. Assistant 2: Gavin Hegarty. 4th Official: Declan Hassan.
Match Information:
Admission fee of 8 (Adult) and (5 Concession) is payable at the gate.

Season Tickets, JSB Memberships and Youth Academy passes are not valid for this match.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
United will hope to bounce back and book a place in the quarter-finals of the trophy they won last year. Make your way to the Showgrounds and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin