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Toals Co Antrim Shield Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 22nd Jan, 2018 at 12:45

BALLYMENA United host North Belfast side Crusaders in the final of this seasons Toals Bookmakers Co Antrim Shield on Tuesday night.
The last meeting between the sides was just before Christmas at Seaview, the home side running out 2-1 winners thanks to a second half penalty scored by Gavin Whyte.
Latest results v Crusaders:
Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 22nd December 2017. Att: 1479
Ballymena United 1-4 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 11th August 2017. Att: 1840
Ballymena United 3-0 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 22nd April 2017. Att: 1644
Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 11th February 2017. Att: 1294
Ballymena United 2-1 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 15th October 2016. Att: 1490
Crusaders 6-0 Ballymena United, Seaview, 6th August 2016. Att: 1479
Path to the final - Crusaders:
Table topping Crusaders reached the final via a 4-0 home win over Donegal Celtic in the first round, a 3-2 quarter-final win over Cliftonville at Solitude and, in the semi-final, a 1-0 home victory over Carrick Rangers.
Path to the final - Ballymena United:
The Sky Blues started this years competition with a 3-0 home win over Harland & Wolff Welders, goals coming from Leroy Millar, Cathair Friel and Fra McCaffrey. The quarter-final threw up another home tie, this time against Glentoran, a single goal from Johnny McMurray enough to secure passage to the next round. The draw brought up a game against Ards at the Showgrounds and the home side grabbed a berth in the final with a 3-0 win, goals coming from Steven McCullough, Conor McCloskey and Cathair Friel.
Official Match Programme:
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Match Officials:
Referee: Andrew Davey. Assistant 1: Neill Gillespie. Assistant 2: Mark O'Brien. 4th Official: Raymond Crangle.
Match Information:
Season Tickets, Junior Sky Blues Membership & Youth Academy Passes are invalid for this game. All supporters MUST produce a ticket for admittance.

Ballymena United fans will be housed in the Warden Street Stand only and must enter via the Warden Street turnstiles.

Kick off is 7:45pm.

Should the scores be level after 90 minutes, 2 x 10 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.
Both sides have won this competition 6 times in their history and are going for the lucky 7. Both sides have been involved in the final in the past 5 years, and both faced Linfield twice, Crusaders losing both and United winning both. United are unbeaten at home in 13 games while Crusaders remain unbeaten away from home this season. Something has to give so get down to the Showgrounds and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team as they try to secure the first piece of silverware of the year - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin