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Saturday 16th December v. Carrick Rangers (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Ards Match Preview
Uploaded Tuesday, 14th Nov, 2017 at 10:59

BALLYMENA United host Ards in the quarter-final of the Bet McLean League Cup on Wednesday night.
The sides last met a month ago at the Showgrounds in a Danske Bank Premiership game, running out 6-3 winners with goals from Gary Thompson, Andrew Burns, Cathair Friel, Joe McKinney, Leroy Millar and Kevin Braniff.
Latest results v Ards (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 6-3 Ards, Ballymena Showgrounds, 14th October 2017. Att: 829
Ards 4-2 Ballymena United, Bangor Fuels Arena, 31st December 2016. Att: 644
Ards 2-4 Ballymena United, Bangor Fuels Arena, 5th November 2016. Att: 614
Ballymena United 1-2 Ards, Ballymena Showgrounds, 25th October 2016. (Toals Co Antrim Shield QF)
Ballymena United 3-4 Ards, Ballymena Showgrounds, 20th August 2016. Att: 795
Ards:
Since their defeat at the Showgrounds last month, Ards have won two games, knocking Glenavon out of the Bet McClean League Cup with a 4-0 home win over Glenavon and sending Linfield to a 1-0 defeat at the National Stadium in the quarter-finals of the Toals Co Antrim Shield. They've lost both their league games in that spell, going down 2-0 away to Linfield and 4-2 at home to Crusaders.

Ards currently sit in 9th placed in the Danske Bank Premiership, 8 points behind United with a game in hand.
Ballymena United:
Since beating Ards last month, United have lost a single league game 4-0 away to Glenavon and knocked Glentoran out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield with a 1-0 win to set up another home game against Ards in a fortnight. A 3-3 draw at home to Warrenpoint Town was followed by a 1-1 draw against Glentoran at The Oval, then a spectacular 3-1 win over Linfield at home last Friday evening.

The Sky Blues now sit 7th in the table, a point ahead of Dungannon Swifts and 4 points behind Glentoran.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ian McNabb. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Gavin Hegarty. 4th Official: Shane Andrews.
Match Information:
Season Tickets, Junior Sky Blues Membership & Youth Academy Passes are invalid for this game.

Admission of 11 (adults) and 7 (concessions) is payable at the gate.

Should the scores be level after 90 minutes, 2 x 15 minute periods of extra time will be played. If the scores are still level after the end of the extra time, the tie shall be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Can United take a step closer to retaining the League Cup with a win over Ards? No doubt it'll be a tough battle, given that Ards have impressed in cup competitions this season, so we urge you to 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