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Tuesday 23rd April v. Glenavon (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 7:45pm

Ards Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 19th Jan, 2018 at 16:35

BALLYMENA United travel to Bangor on Saturday afternoon to face Ards in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The last time the sides met was in the Toals Co Antrim Shield semi-final in November, United running out 3-0 winners with goals from Steven McCullough, Conor McCloskey and Cathair Friel.
Latest results v Ards (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 3-0 Ards, Ballymena Showgrounds, 28th November 2017. (Toals Co Antrim Shield SF)
Ballymena United (2-2) (3-2 aet) Ards, Ballymena Showgrounds, 15th November 2017. (BetMcLean League Cup QF)
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
Since the last meeting of the sides Ards have beat Ballinamallard United 2-1, Carrick Rangers 1-0 and Crumlin Star 4-1 in the Tennent's Irish Cup, all at home. They've drawn away at Dungannon Swifts and Warrenpoint Town, losing 2-0 at home to Glenavon and, last weekend, 1-0 at Seaview against Crusaders.

They still sit 9th place in the table, 4 points behind Dungannon Swifts and 10 points behind United. They have extended the gap above 10th placed Warrenpoint Town to 7 points, giving them some breathing space.
Ballymena United:
In the same period United have won 2-1 against Ballinamallard United, 3-1 against Carrick Rangers, 4-0 against Moyola Park in the Tennent's Irish Cup and 3-0 against Carrick Rangers last weekend, all at home. They drew their Boxing Day derby 1-1 at Coleraine, and lost a single game 2-1 away to league leaders Crusaders.

The Braidmen now sit 6th in the table, having overtaken Glentoran who trail by 3 points, and have reduced the gap to 5th placed Cliftonville to 8 points.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 1:30pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Arnold Hunter. Assistant 1: Jarlath McElholm. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Peter McGrath.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
The Sky Blues will be aiming to keep their unbeaten run of 5 games going and maintain their position in the league ahead of Tuesdays Toals Co Antrim Shield final against Crusaders at the Showgrounds. United have came out on top of all the fixtures against Ards this season, but this is the first time they've faced them away from home, so make your way to Bangor and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin