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Dundela Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 4th Jan, 2019 at 13:15

BALLYMENA United get their Tennent's Irish Cup campaign underway on Saturday afternoon when they face Bluefin Championship side Dundela at Wilgar Park.
The last time United faced Dundela was in a pre-season friendly at Wilgar Park in July 2016, the visitors winning 5-2 with goals from Darren Henderson, Eoin Kane, Nathan Hanley, Leroy Millar (2).
Competitive results v Dundela:
Ballymena United 1-3 Dundela, Ballymena Showgrounds, 17th October 2006. (Co Antrim Shield Round 1)
Dundela 1-4 Ballymena United, Wilgar Park, 9th August 1997. (League Cup Round 1)
Dundela:
The Duns currently sit 4th in the Bluefin Sport Championship with 10 wins, 4 draws and 6 defeats, their most recent game a 2-1 win over Loughgall away from home. That was their first league win in 7 games after a run of 2 draws and 4 defeats.
Ballymena United:
After a draw on Boxing Day against Coleraine and their first defeat in 20 games on New Years Day at Crusaders, the Sky Blues have been overtaken by Linfield at the top of the table, and now sit a point behind the Blues and 2 points ahead of Crusaders who have played an extra game.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 1:45pm.

The Spirit Of '89 Supporters Club bus leaves The Smithfield Arms at 1:30pm - please contact Davy McCaig on 078 4916 2945 if you're interested in travelling with them.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ross Dunlop. Assistant 1: Gareth Eakin. Assistant 2: Matthew Thornbury.
Match Information:
Admission of £8 for adults and £4 concession is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, 2 additional periods of extra-time will be played. If the scores are level after extra-time, the match will be settled by a penalty shootout.
United will be looking to bounce back from the defeat at Seaview on Tuesday and secure a place in the last 16 of the Tennent's Irish Cup, while Dundela will be hoping to be one of the lower league sides hoping to cause an upset. The new recent signings, keeper Jordan Williamson and midfielder Ryan Harpur, will be eligible to play, while Cathair Friel is out through suspension. Make your way to East Belfast and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin