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Crusaders Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 1st Mar, 2019 at 12:42

BALLYMENA United travel to Seaview on Saturday afternoon to face Crusaders in the quarter-finals of the Tennent's Irish Cup.
The sides last met on New Years Day, Crusaders bringing the fantastic unbeaten streak United were on to a crashing end with a 3-2 win at Seaview.
Recent results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Crusaders 3-2 Ballymena United, Seaview, 1st January 2019. Att: 2054
Crusaders 0-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 11th December 2018. (BetMcLean League Cup Semi-Final)
Ballymena United 3-0 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 27th October 2018. Att: 1275
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
Crusaders:
Since the sides last met in January, the Crues have won 5 games, including an extra-time win over Linfield in the Irish Cup, drawn a single league game and lost to Linfield and Dungannon Swifts.

In reaching this stage of the Tennent's Irish Cup, Crusaders have beaten Glentoran 4-1 at Seaview, and grabbed a 2-1 win over Linfield in extra-time after drawing 0-0 over 90 minutes.
Ballymena United:
In the same period, the Sky Blues have won 6 games, including a 4-1 win over Portadown in the previous round of the Irish Cup, drawn 2-2 with Dungannon Swifts, and lost 3 times to league leaders Linfield, getting knocked out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield at the semi-final stage, losing 1-0 in the BetMcLean League Cup final and, last Saturday afternoon, going down 1-0 in the Danske Bank Premiership. They bounced back from two defeats in a row at the hands of Linfield with a 2-1 home win over Cliftonville on Tuesday evening.

United beat Dundela 3-1 away from home in the fifth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup before sending Portadown crashing out in the sixth round with a 4-1 win.
Tickets:
Tickets remain on sale in Stirling Trophies and are available online at http://www.crusadersfc.com/static_page/page/future_ticketing. There will also be a cash turnstile at the 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 1:45pm - please contact Davy McCaig on 078 4916 2945 if you're interested in travelling with them.
Match Officials:
To Be Confirmed
Match Information:
Admission is £11 for adults and £7 for concessions.

Kick off is 3:00pm.

Should the scores be level after 90 minutes, 2 x 15 minute periods of extra time will be played. If the scores are still level after the end of the extra time, the tie shall be decided by a penalty shoot-out..
United beat Crusaders at Seaview in the semi-final of the BetMcLean League Cup and will hope to emulate that result on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Crusaders will be going all out for revenge and a semi-final spot in the Irish Cup for the first time since 2016. Make your way to Seaview and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin