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Tuesday 23rd January v. Crusaders (home) - Toals Co Antrim Shield F - k.o: 7:45pm

Carrick Rangers Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 15th Dec, 2017 at 13:24

BALLYMENA United host Carrick Rangers in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was in the second league game of the season, when United bounced back from a 4-1 opening day defeat at the hands of Crusaders to draw 1-1 at Belfast Loughshore Arena, thanks to an own goal from ex-United man Denver Gage.
Latest results v Carrick Rangers (all league unless stated):
Carrick Rangers 1-1 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 15th August 2017. Att. 542
Ballymena United 2-0 Carrick Rangers, Seaview, 18th February 2017. (Northern Ireland League Cup Final)
Ballymena United 3-1 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 28th January 2017. Att: 955
Ballymena United 2-0 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th November 2016. Att: 839
Carrick Rangers 1-4 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 26th August 2016. Att: 720
Carrick Rangers:
With only 2 wins and 3 draws in the league this season, Carrick sit 2nd bottom of the table with 9 points, 4 ahead of basement side Ballinamallard United. Their last five games have all ended in defeat as they've lost 1-0 at home to Cliftonville in the BetMcLean League Cup Quarter-Finals, 7-1 away to Crusaders and 4-0 away to Dungannon Swifts in the league, 1-0 away to Crusaders in the Toals Co Antrim Shield Semi-Final and, most recently, 3-1 to Coleraine at home in the league.
Ballymena United:
United have 7 wins and 3 draws in the league and sit 7th in the table, a single point behind 6th placed Glentoran. The last five games for the Sky Blues have resulted in a 3-2 extra-time home win over Ards in the BetMcLean League Cup, won 2-1 at home to Dungannon Swifts and lost 1-0 away to Cliftonville in the league, sent Ards out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield with a 3-0 home win to secure a January final with Crusaders and, in the first week of December ran out 2-1 winners over Ballinamallard United in the league.
Club Shop:
This is your last chance to get some late Christmas presents in at the Showgrounds. Please click here for further details.
Annual Carol Service:
Our annual carol service will be held in the Des Allen Suite after the game on Saturday, conducted by Club Chaplain Alistair Beattie. Please click here for further details.
Match Officials:
Referee: Andrew Davey. Assistant 1: George Argyropoulos. Assistant 2: Mark O'Brien. 4th Official: Ken Gibbons.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
The Sky Blues have a very hard run of games over the festive period, paying visits to 2nd placed Crusaders and league leaders Coleraine, hosting 3rd placed Glenavon and travelling to 4th placed Cliftonville in the space of two weeks. It's incredibly important to take full points from this game, so make your way to the Showgrounds on Saturday and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin