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Coleraine Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 25th Dec, 2017 at 17:38

BALLYMENA United travel to Coleraine on Tuesday afternoon for the much awaited Boxing Day derby game.
The sides met in Ballymena at the end of September when Coleraine ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Stephen O'Donnell and Jamie McGonigle.
Latest results v Coleraine (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 0-2 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 30th September 2017. Att: 2227
Coleraine 1-1 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 29th April 2017. Att: 1432
Ballymena United 1-1 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 21st March 2017. Att: 1424
Ballymena United 0-4 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 4th March 2017. (Tennent's Irish Cup Quarter-Final)
Ballymena United 2-0 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 26th December 2016. Att: 2833
Ballymena United 0-0 (3-0 aet) Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 13th December 2016. (Northern Ireland League Cup Semi-Final)
Coleraine 2-2 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 1st October 2016. Att: 1359
When United met Coleraine at the end of September, they were the only unbeaten side in the league. With 7 wins and a single draw, they sat proudly at the top of the table, a point ahead of Linfield. That's where they remain, although they've stretched their lead out to 6 points over second placed Crusaders, who have a game in hand. With 17 wins in the league, 3 draws and 1 defeat they sit on 54 points - precisely double the number United have amassed.
Ballymena United:
The Sky Blues had a stuttering start to the season but have recovered somewhat in the league and now sit in 6th place, a point ahead of Glentoran. Last Friday evening United showed how much they've improved since the start of the season in a tight game against Crusaders at Seaview, narrowly losing out on a point after Matthew Shevlin had scored the opener.

Away from the league, the Braidmen look forward to a clash against Cliftonville in the BetMcLean League Cup semi-final in mid-January, followed a week later with the Toals Co Antrim Shield final against Crusaders, both games at Ballymena Showgrounds.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 2:00pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Arnold Hunter. Assistant 1: David Anderson. Assistant 2: Paul Robinson. 4th Official: Steven Gregg.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
It'll be an incredibly tough ask but, excellent as they are, someone will get the better of Coleraine sooner or later and derby games can throw up unexpected results. Anyone up for a bonus Christmas present? Make your way to Coleraine on Tuesday, drag a few mates or family members along and make yourselves loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin