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Dungannon Swifts Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 16th Feb, 2018 at 16:09

BALLYMENA United travel to Belfast on Saturday afternoon to face Dungannon Swifts in the BetMcLean League Cup Final.
The sides have met twice this season, with the Swifts running out 2-1 winners at Stangmore in October, and United grabbing a 2-1 victory at the Showgrounds in November.
Latest results v Dungannon Swifts (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-1 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 18th November 2017. Att: 748
Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 7th October 2017. Att: 568
Ballymena United 5-2 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 8th May 2017. (Europa League Play-Off Semi-Final)
Ballymena United 3-2 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 14th January 2017. Att: 840
Ballymena United 1-4 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 19th November 2016. Att: 886
Dungannon Swifts 2-2 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 3rd September 2016. Att: 437
Dungannon Swifts:
Since the defeat to Ballymena United in November, the Swifts have went on to win league games against Carrick Rangers and Ards (both at home) and Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park. Along with three scoreless draws against Ards, Glentoran and Linfield, they've grabbed 12 points and remain in the same place in the league as the last game between the sides. After defeating Limavady United 4-0 at home in fifth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup they were sent out at the next stage, Glenavon putting three past them at Mourneview.

They've reached this season's BetMcLean League Cup Final by beating Newry City 4-0 away from home in the second round, Warrenpoint Town 1-0 at Milltown Playing Fields in the third round, Ballyclare Comrades 2-1 at home in the quarter-final and, most recently, sending Crusaders out with a 2-1 win, after extra-time at Stangmore Park.
Ballymena United:
In the same period United have won league games at home to Ballinamallard United, Carrick Rangers, Glenavon and Carrick Rangers. With two draws, 1-1 at Coleraine on Boxing Day and 2-2 at home to Linfield at the end of last month. This has also left Ballymena United in the same position in the league table, but with 2 games in hand over 6th placed Glentoran, who are two points ahead, and 8th placed Swifts, who sit 6 points behind the Sky Blues. They've suffered a single defeat in their last 15 home games, losing only to Crusaders in the Toals Co Antrim Shield final. With a 4-0 win over Moyola Park and a win over Ballinamallard United after penalty kicks, they face Larne in the quarter-final of the Tennent's Irish Cup in early March.

The road to the semi-final of the BetMcLean League Cup has included a 3-0 win over Knockbreda in the 2nd round, a 2-0 win over Portadown in the 3rd round and a 3-2 extra-time win over Ards in the quarter-final, all at home. Last Saturday, the fourth attempt to play the semi-final against Cliftonville after previous attempts were all postponed because the weather, finally got played with the Braidmen winning 3-1 to set up this tie against Dungannon Swifts.
Ticket Information:
All supporters planning to attend this game MUST buy a ticket. These will be on sale at Stirling Trophies up until 12 midday on Saturday, and are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including their website. If you wish to buy tickets online you can use the following link.

Ballymena United fans transport:
There are a few spaces left on the Seven Towers Supporters Club bus to the game. If you wish to book your spot please phone Tommy Patterson on 077 5491 9638.

There is also a special Translink Sky Blue Express taking fans to and from Adelaide Halt, near the ground. Tickets for the Sky Blue Express will be on sale up until the train departs at 2:35pm. For more information please read this article.
Entrance/Exit Information:
Entrance and exit details for fans attending the game can be found by clicking here.
Match Officials:
Referee: Tim Marshall. Assistant 1: Mark O'Brien. Assistant 2: Kristian Hanna. 4th Official: Keith Kennedy.
Match Information:
Season Tickets, Junior Sky Blues Membership & Youth Academy Passes are invalid for this game. All supporters MUST produce a ticket for admittance.

Kick off is 5:30pm.

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.
Manager David Jeffrey has already stated that his side will have to learn from the very disappointing start to the recent Toals Co Antrim Shield final defeat against Crusaders, which seen the Sky Blues 3-0 down after only 23 minutes. It's a fantastic opportunity for United to tick one of their pre-season aims off the list - by retaining the trophy they won for the first time last season. We're expecting a huge turnout at the National Stadium for this game, so make sure you have a ticket, get down early, and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin