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

Crusaders Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 10th Aug, 2018 at 13:02

BALLYMENA United travel to Seaview to face Danske Bank Premiership champions Crusaders on Saturday afternoon.
The sides met in the final league game of last season, Crusaders running out 2-1 winners with a late David Cushley goal securing the points, and the league title, in front of a crowd of 2430.
Recent results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 1-2 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 28th April 2018. Att: 2430
Crusaders 3-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 24th February 2018. Att: 1147
Ballymena United 2-4 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 23rd January 2018. (Toals Co Antrim Shield Final)
Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 22nd December 2017. Att: 1479
Ballymena United 1-4 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 11th August 2017. Att: 1840
Crusaders:
Crusaders started the season with a win on Monday night, defeating Ards 4-2 at home with goals from Michael Carvill, Rory Patterson, Jordan Forsythe and Declan Caddell.
Ballymena United:
The Braidmen also secured victory in their first game of the season, beating Dungannon Swifts 2-0 with a fine first half goal from Willie Faulkner after a sublime pass from Steven McCullough, and a second half penalty from Tony Kane after Ryan Mayse had been brought down in the box. The game was played front of 878 spectators, the biggest crowd recorded between the sides at Stangmore Park.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 2:00pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ian McNabb. Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson. Assistant 2: Paul Robinson. 4th Official: Ken Gibbons.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
The last time the Sky Blues beat the Crues was in the penultimate league game of the 2016/17 season, United winning 3-0 with goals from Conor McCloskey and Cathair Friel (2). The last win against Crusaders at Seaview was in the quarter-final of the Toals Co Antrim Shield in October 2015, goals from David Cushley and Tony Kane sealing a 2-0 win which led, ultimately, to United lifting the Shield with a 3-2 win over Linfield in the final. We look forward to a large crowd of travelling fans on Saturday so make sure to get down early and cheer on YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin