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

Dungannon Swifts Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 17th Nov, 2017 at 13:02

BALLYMENA United host Dungannon Swifts in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was in early October at Stangmore Park, with the Swifts coming from behind to win 2-1 after Leroy Millar had put United ahead.
Latest results v Dungannon Swifts (all league unless stated):
Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 7th October 2017. Att: 568
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:
Since the win over the Sky Blues in October, the Dungannon side have won a single league game 2-1 away to Warrenpoint Town, while losing 2-1 away to Carrick Rangers, 2-0 at home to Glentoran and 4-0 at home to Cliftonville. They now sit a point behind Ballymena United with a game in hand.

They were also dumped out of the Mid-Ulster Cup at the quarter-final stage away at Newry City, but have fared better in the BetMcLean League Cup with a 1-0 win at Warrenpoint Town in the third round and, on Wednesday night, came back after going 1-0 down with minutes to go to snatch a 2-1 win with very late goals from Johnny Lafferty and Ryan Mayse.
Ballymena United:
In the same period United have had two wins, 6-3 at home to Ards with 6 different scorers, and coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 at home to Linfield with superb goals from Conor McCloskey and Johnny McMurray. They've also drawn 3-3 at home to Warrenpoint Town with goals from Cathair Friel, Conor McCloskey and a crucial 89th minute Matthew Shevlin equaliser, and 1-1 away at Glentoran where a Cathair Friel penalty proved enough to secure a point. The only defeat in the period was a heavy defeat by Glenavon at Mourneview Park, the home side coming out easy 4-0 winners.

United are through to semi-finals in two competitions, defeating Glentoran 1-0 at home in the quarter-final of the Toals Co Antrim Shield and, after beating Portadown 2-0 at home in the third round of the BetMcLean League Cup, knocking Ards out on Wednesday night with a narrow 3-2 extra-time win after ending the 90 minutes at 2-2, Tony Kane grabbing the winning goal in spectacular fashion with only a minute left to play.
Match Officials:
Referee: Steven Gregg. Assistant 1: Gareth Eakin. Assistant 2: Andrew Neeson. 4th Official: Glenn Taylor.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Three points from this game are vital for United to put some space between themselves and the Swifts, who sit a single point behind having played one less game. With the Sky Blues sitting 4 points off 6th placed Glentoran, it also offers the opportunity to put pressure on the East Belfast side who have won only one of their last seven games. Wrap up warm and make your way to the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon and get behind YOUR team as they try to keep up the recent upturn in fortunes - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin