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Ballinamallard United Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 2nd Feb, 2018 at 12:10

BALLYMENA United host Ballinamallard United in the sixth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The last meeting between the sides was in early December at the Showgrounds, the home team running out 2-1 winners thanks to a Tony Kane penalty and a close range goal from Cathair Friel.
Recent results v Ballinamallard United (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-1 Ballinamallard United, Ballymena Showgrounrds, 2nd December 2017. Att: 865
Ballinamallard United 1-3 Ballymena United, Ferney Park, 23rd September 2017. Att: 282
Ballinamallard United 1-2 Ballymena United, Ferney Park, 25th February 2017. Att: 326
Ballymena United 4-0 Ballinamallard United, Ballymena Showgrounds, 29th October 2016. Att: 744
Ballinamallard United 0-1 Ballymena United, Ferney Park, 13th August 2016. Att: 295
Ballinamallard United:
Since the meeting in December, the Mallards have lost 5 league games, drawn 1 and, last Friday evening, defeated Cliftonville 6-4, although they still remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

They reached the sixth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup with a 4-2 home win over Immaculata at the start of January.
Ballymena United:
In the same timeframe, the Sky Blues have won 3 league games, drawn 2 and lost 2, coming from behind twice last Saturday to draw with champions Linfield at the Showgrounds. This came hot on the heels of a 4-2 home defeat to Crusaders in the final of this years Toals Co Antrim Shield. The Braidmen currently sit in 6th place in the league, 4 points ahead of Glentoran and 10 points behind Linfield.

A 4-0 home win with goals from Kyle Owens, Matthew Shevlin (2) and Tony Kane eased Ballymena united past Moyola Park in the fifth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup to set up the showdown against Ballinamallard.
Match Officials:
Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Andrew Neeson. Assistant 2: Mark O'Brien. 4th Official: Tony Clarke.
Match Information:
Season Tickets, Junior Sky Blues Membership & Youth Academy Passes are invalid for this game.

Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.

Should the scores be level after 90 minutes, 2 x 15 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.
After last weekends impressive performance against Linfield, Ballymena United will hope to secure a place in the draw for the quarter-finals of the Tennent's Irish Cup on Saturday. The Mallards may be sitting bottom of the league but anything can happen in a cup game so make your way to the Showgrounds and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin