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Friday 24th August v. Glenavon (away) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 7:45pm

Ards Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 26th Feb, 2018 at 12:41

BALLYMENA United travel to Bangor Fuels Arena on Tuesday evening to face Ards in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The last meeting between the sides on 20th January was also at Bangor Fuels Arena and ended with a 1-0 win for the hosts, Reece Glendinning scoring the only goal of the game past brother Ross in the 25th minute.
Latest results v Ards (all league unless stated):
Ards 1-0 Ballymena United, Bangor Fuels Arena, 20th January 2018. Att: 507
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
Ards:
Since Ards beat United in January, they've lost 1-0 to Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park, 4-0 to Carrick Rangers, 6-1 to Glenavon and 3-0 to Linfield at home, and were knocked out of the Tennent's Irish Cup at the 6th round stage, losing 2-1 to Loughgall at Lakeview Park. Their single win came against Glentoran when they won 2-1 at The Oval, Gary Haveron being sacked by the Glens several days after.

They remain 9th place in the table with a total of 8 wins, 3 draws and 18 defeats.
Ballymena United:
The Sky Blues haven't fared too well themselves, losing in both the Toals Co Antrim Shield and BetMcLean League Cup finals, although they had to overcome Cliftonville 3-1 at the Showgrounds to make the league cup final, and made it past Ballinamallard United in the 6th round of the Tennent's Irish Cup to set up a home tie against Larne. In the league United have held Linfield to a 2-2 draw and lost 3-1 on Saturday away to Crusaders.

This leaves the Braidmen in 7th place, 5 points behind Glentoran with 3 games in hand and 3 points ahead of Dungannon Swifts with 2 games in hand.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 6:30pm.

There are also a few seats available on the Spirit of 89 Supporters Club bus which leaves the Smithfield Arms at 6:15pm. To reserve a place please contact Davy McCaig on 078 4916 2945.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ross Dunlop.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
With a single league win in 2018 and a plethora of games to play before the league splits in April, Ballymena United really need to get back into form. Make your way to Bangor on Tuesday evening and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin