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Warrenpoint Town Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 27th Oct, 2017 at 08:38

BALLYMENA United return to league action on Saturday afternoon with a home game against Warrenpoint Town.
The sides met earlier in the season in what was United's second win of the season. After Point's Martin Murray had opened the scoring in the first minute, Cathair Friel equalised a quarter of an hour later and it was 1-1 at half-time. A goal just after the hour mark from Emmet Friars an 80th minute goal from Friel securing the points.
Recent results v Warrenpoint Town:
Warrenpoint Town 1-3 Ballymena United, Milltown Playing Fields, 9th September 2017. Att: 220
Warrenpoint Town 4-1 Ballymena United, Milltown Playing Fields, 19th April 2016. Att: 121
Ballymena United 3-1 Warrenpoint Town, Showgrounds, 29th March 2016. Att: 627
Ballymena United 4-2 Warrenpoint Town, Showgrounds, 12th December 2015. Att: 658
Warrenpoint Town 1-2 Ballymena United, Milltown Playing Fields, 26th September 2015. Att: 130
Warrenpoint Town:
After being demoted to the NIFL Championship for the 2016/17 season, the 'Point bounced straight back into the top flight with a 15 lead over second placed Institute.

They've had a tough time so far this season and currently sit 11th in the table with 2 wins, a draw and 9 defeats, 3 points ahead of bottom placed Ballinamallard United.

Their last outing was on Friday 27th October, when they lost 2-1 to Ards at Banfor Fuels Arena.
Ballymena United:
The Sky Blues have had a rocky start to the season, which hasn't been helped by injuries to key players. Sitting 8th in the table, a single point behind Dungannon Swifts, United have won only 4 of 12 league games so far.

They've fared much better in cup competitions, winning their two BetMcLean League Cup games to reach the quarter-finals of the competition and, in their last game, defeated Glentoran 1-0 at home thanks to a single first half goal from Johnny McMurray who was making his first appearance of the season after a lengthy injury.
Team News:
Manager David Jeffrey spoke to the social media team on Thursday with an update on the various injuries currently affecting the team.
"Caolan Loughran, who was stretchered off after only 14 minutes on Tuesday night, attended the Royal Hospital in relation to his dislocated elbow and although he's currently in a cast, it will be off in two weeks time and he can start to strengthen it again and get back to full fitness. I'm bitterly disappointed for him as he started season with a couple of niggling injuries, which allowed others to get ahead of him in the pecking order. He's consistently worked hard and we've done a lot of one to one work in terms of his mental approach and how to improve, and to believe in himself, because we believe in him. With horrendous luck, when the opening came for him, and he started well, that his game ended quickly in a bad way. However, he is young, has a 2 year contract, and so has plenty of time on his side to get better and get back on the pitch.

Daniel McIlhatton receives surgery on a sinus problem which means he will be out for an estimated 6-8 weeks. It's frustrating for him, but we've told him to be patient and when he returns we'll start again and get him back in.

Kevin Braniff has had a frustrating stop/start season with a hamstring injury, so we're applying similar logic as we did with Jonathan McMurray and we'll take Kevin out for a bit to see if that will sort the recurrence.

Michael Gault has aggravated a groin injury in training and, like Kevin's injury, after discussion with our physiotherapist, it also needs time to settle.

Andrew Burns was unavailable on Tuesday as a precaution against injuring his groin, but thankfully has been cleared and is available for selection on Saturday.
Match Ball Sponsor:
Thank you very much to The Kiosk, Ballymena Railway Station, Galgorm Road for sponsoring the match ball for this game.
James Armstrong handing over the match ball sponsorship cheque with his father Ian (proprietor of The Kiosk) looking on
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Match Officials:
To Be Confirmed
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Ballymena United fans will be hoping to carry on as they finished on Tuesday night and grab a second league win over Warrenpoint Town this season. As Halloween approaches, let's hope for a little bit of "wizardry" from the Sky Blues, plenty of home "ghouls", and few, if any, "scares" from the visiting team. 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