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

Dungannon Swifts Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 9th Aug, 2019 at 12:22

BALLYMENA United get their 2019/20 Danske Bank Premiership campaign underway with a trip to Stangmore Park to face Dungannon Swifts on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was in January at the Showgrounds, the game ending in a draw after the Swifts equalised twice, Daniel Hughes cancelling out a Jude Winchester goal, then Oisin Smyth scoring two minutes after a 75th minute Cathair Friel to grab a point.
Latest results v Dungannon Swifts (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-2 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th January 2018. Att: 1003
Ballymena United 1-1 Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena Showgrounds, 20th October 2018. Att: 1363
Dungannon Swifts 0-2 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 4th August 2018. Att: 878
Dungannon Swifts:
The Swifts finished 9th in the Danske Bank Premiership last season, a 15 point gap behind them to Ards who were relegated by Carrick Rangers in the promotion/relegation play-offs. They reached the quarter-finals of the Tennent's Irish Cup where Ballinamallard United defeated them on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after extra-time. They went a step further in the BetMcLean League Cup, losing 1-0 at Linfield after extra-time in the semi-finals. Their Mid-Ulster Cup campaign ended at the semi-final stage too, Glenavon running out 5-1 winners at Mourneview Park before going on to defeat Warrenpoint Town in the final.
Ballymena United:
After periods at the summit of the league the Sky Blues finished 2nd in the Danske Bank Premiership last season after an ongoing battle with eventual champions Linfield, securing automatic qualification for the UEFA Europa League. They were knocked out of the Tennent's Irish Cup by Crusaders, who won 3-0 at home in the quarter-finals, lost to Linfield in the BetMcLean League Cup Final, a single Andrew Waterworth goal after 15 minutes enough to settle the game, and also lost 2-1 to Linfield in the Toals Co Antrim Shield semi-final despite a late goal from Cathair Friel and a flurry of missed chances towards the end of the game.
For the first time in their history, United made it through a round in European Competition, beating NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Leroy Millar and Jude Winchester, drawing 0-0 away from home to set up a tie against top Swedish side Malmo FF. While the results against Malmo went against the Sky Blues, losing 7-0 in Malmo and 4-0 in the return leg at the Showgrounds, it's fair to say the players will have learnt a lot from the games, and the supporters had an absolutely fantastic time on their European Tour!
Manager David Jeffrey has stated
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 1:30pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Keith Kennedy. Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson. Assistant 2: Richard Storey. 4th Official: Ross Dunlop.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Can United get off to a winning start at a traditionally tough Stangmore Park on Saturday afternoon? Make your way to Dungannon and, as always, be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin