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Saturday 24th August v. Glentoran (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Portadown Match Preview
Uploaded Sunday, 10th Feb, 2019 at 16:34

BALLYMENA United host Portadown in the sixth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup on Monday evening.
The last time the sides met was in the third round of last seasons BetMcLean League Cup, United running out 2-0 winners at the Showgrounds thanks to goals from Kyle Owens and Kevin Braniff.
Latest results v Portadown (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-0 Portadown, Ballymena Showgrounds, 10th October 2017. (BetMcLean League Cup 3rd Round)
Portadown 1-2 Ballymena United, Shamrock Park, 5th August 2017. (Pre-Season Friendly)
Portadown:
After being relegated at the end of the 2016/17 season, the Ports finished fourth in the Bluefin Sport Championship last season, and currently sit third in the league, 19 points behind runaway leaders Larne and 1 point behind Carrick Rangers.

Since the start of December Portadown have recorded 5 wins, including a 5-1 victory over Abbey Villa in the fifth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup and 5 defeats, including a 2-1 home loss to Linfield in the quarter-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup and, most recently, lost 2-1 to Larne on Saturday afternoon.
Ballymena United:
United currently sit 2nd in the Danske Bank Premiership, 6 points behind leaders Linfield and 6 points ahead of 3rd placed Crusaders, with a game in hand over both sides.

Since the start of December United have recorded 9 wins, including a 1-0 win over Crusaders at Seaview in the semi-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup and a 3-1 win away to Dundela in the fifth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup. 2 draws in the past month were coupled with a 3-2 away defeat to Crusaders on New Years Day and a 2-1 home loss to Linfield in the semi-finals of the Toals Co Antrim Shield. United go into this game on the back of a 2-1 win over Institute at the Brandywell on Saturday afternoon.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ross Dunlop. Assistant 1: Richard Storey. Assistant 2: Bogdan Sfirloaga. 4th Official: Mark Robert Dillon.
Match Information:
Admission fee of £11 (Adult) and £7 (Concession) is payable at the gate.

Season Tickets, JSB Memberships and Youth Academy passes are not valid for this match.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
The Irish Cup has managed to elude the Sky Blues since 1989, when Paul Hardy backhealed a low cross past Vince Magee of Larne in a 1-0 victory. Portadown last won the Irish Cup in 2005, also against Larne, with goals from Vinny Arkins (2), John Convery, Peter McCann and Darren Kelly sealing a 5-1 win. The Sky Blues have been impressive in their last few outings but know they will need to be at their best to beat promotion chasing Portadown. 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