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Crusaders Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 26th Oct, 2018 at 12:08

BALLYMENA United host Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership at the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon.
The sides met at Seaview in United's second league match of the season, Johnny McMurray and Ryan Mayse giving the visitors the lead twice, only to be pegged back by goals from Ross Clarke and Rory Patterson.
Recent results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Crusaders 2-2 Ballymena United, Seaview, 11th August 2018. Att: 1224
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
With 6 wins, 1 draw and 5 defeats in the league this season, the Crues sit third in the table on 19 points, a single point ahead of United who have a game in hand.

In cup competitions Crusaders are into the quarter-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup with wins away to PSNI and home to Ballinamallard United. They'll face either Glentoran or Coleraine away at the next stage. With wins at home to Knockbreda and Cliftonville, they're in the semi-finals of the Toals Co Antrim Shield.
Ballymena United:
The Sky Blues sit level with derby rivals Coleraine and a point behind Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership with 5 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats.

United have also made it into the quarter-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup where they will face Ards at Bangor Fuels Arena. A Toals Co Antrim Shield semi-final berth also awaits, with the draw taking place at approximately 5:30pm on BBC Radio Ulster Sportsound on Saturday.
Visiting Fans:
Crusaders fans will be the first of the season to avail of the Ballymena United/Translink scheme to help transport away fans direct to the Showgrounds via train and shuttle bus on Saturday afternoon. For more details please click here.
Match Officials:
Referee: Evan Boyce. Assistant 1: George Argyropoulos. Assistant 2: Adrian Sobieski. 4th Official: Keith Kennedy.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Their last 5 games have seen 2 home wins and an away defeat in the league, along with home wins in the BetMcLean League Cup and Toals Co Antrim Shield, the latter requiring extra-time to put away North Belfast rivals Cliftonville. In the same period the Braidmen are unbeaten, with an away win and a draw in the league, along with two home wins in the BetMcLean League Cup and another in the Toals Co Antrim Shield. With both sides in great form, it's all set up for a tight 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