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

Coleraine Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 8th Mar, 2019 at 13:33

BALLYMENA United travel up the A26 on Saturday afternoon to face derby rivals Coleraine in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The last meeting between the sides seen hosts Ballymena United draw 3-3 with Coleraine on Boxing Day, the Sky Blues coming back from 1-0 down and 3-1 down to grab a draw thanks to a Johnny McMurray equaliser as the game approached injury time.
Latest results v Coleraine (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 3-3 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 26th December 2018. Att: 3352
Coleraine 2-2 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 25th September 2018. Att: 2079
Coleraine 1-0 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 14th April 2018. Att: 2440
Ballymena United 0-2 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 10th March 2018. Att: 1661
Coleraine 1-1 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 26th December 2017. Att: 3204
Ballymena United 0-2 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 30th September 2017. Att: 2227
Since the draw in December, Coleraine have won 8 games, including 3 in the Tennent's Irish Cup, drawn 1 and lost 3. Last weekend they scraped through to the semi-finals of the Irish Cup thanks to a last gasp comeback at Larne.

They currently sit 6th in the Danske Bank Premiership, level on points with Cliftonville.
Ballymena United:
United have won 7 games in the same period, drawn 1 and lost 5, including 3 season-changing defeats to Linfield - losing 2-1 in the semi-final of the Toals Co Antrim Shield, 1-0 in the BetMcLean League Cup Final, and 1-0 in the league. Last weekend United were sent crashing out of the Tennent's Irish Cup with a 3-0 defeat away to Crusaders.

United remain 2nd in the Danske Bank Premiership, 9 points behind Linfield and 5 points ahead of Crusaders with a game in hand over both teams.
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.
Information for fans:
Ballymena United supporters should approach Coleraine Showgrounds along the Ballycastle Road from the direction of the Ring Road.

Supporters coaches are requested not to stop on the Ballycastle Road at any point to let fans disembark. Supporters coaches will be facilitated with parking within the ground. Coaches are requested to enter via the entrance off Hillmans Way.

Supporters travelling by car are requested to park on the Ballycastle side of Coleraine Showgrounds or avail of the Vineyard Church Car Park at the end of Hillmans Way.
Match Officials:
Referee: Evan Boyce. Assistant 1: George Argyropoulos. Assistant 2: Mark O'Brien. 4th Official: Ian McNabb.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
With 3 defeats in the last 8 games, including the 3-0 hammering by Crusaders last weekend, the Sky Blues will be looking to get back to winning ways and there won't be much motivation needed going in to face their derby rivals. The Bannsiders are looking to get some more points on the table as they try to finish as high up the table as they can. Make your way to the Coleraine Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin