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Ballinamallard United Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United host Ballinamallard United on Monday night, needing a win to finish in the top six after the league splits.
The last time the sides met was at the start of February in the Tennent's Irish Cup 6th round, the Sky Blues needing penalties to go through after the game finished 2-2 after extra-time at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
Recent results v Ballinamallard United (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-2 (2-2 aet, 4-3 pens) Ballinamallard United, Ballymena Showgrounds, 3rd February 2018. (Tennent's Irish Cup Round 6)
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:
After a poor season to date, manager Gavin Dykes threw the towel in shortly after a 4-0 home defeat to Ards, being replaced before their next game, away to Glenavon, which they drew 0-0. They went on to draw 2-2 at home to Linfield last Friday evening, but remain at the foot of the league table staring relegation in the face.
Ballymena United:
After a miserable period when United lost the Toals Co Antrim Shield final 4-2 to Crusaders, the BetMcLean League Cup final 3-1 to Dungannon Swifts, and were dumped out of the Tennent's Irish Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 3-1 defeat by Larne, it looked implausible that United could finish in the top six.

With 3 games left before the split, the Sky Blues were 7 points behind Glentoran with 2 games in hand and a trip to The Oval, needing to win them all. A much improved display against Cliftonville at Solitude last Tuesday night ended 2-1 to United, keeping the hopes alive. Friday was a huge night at The Oval with Cathair Friel putting United ahead only to have their lead pegged back by a 67th minute Curtis Allen goal. A magic volley from Kofi Balmer on 77 minutes secured the win and the chance to finish in the top six with a win on Monday night.
Flash Sale:
Don't forget, our club shop are selling Uhlsport leisurewear and adult replica home shirts for half the usual price from this game until the end of the season. For more information please read this article.
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Match Officials:
Referee: Andrew Davey. Assistant 1: George Argyropoulos. Assistant 2: Gavin Andrews. 4th Official: Shane Andrews.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 8:00pm.
This is a high stakes game for both teams, the Braidmen attempting to finish in the top six for the second season running, and the Mallards fighting relegation. 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