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Friday 20th December v. Glenavon (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 7:45pm

Coleraine Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 13th Sep, 2019 at 12:44

BALLYMENA United host derby rivals Coleraine at the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The last time the sides met was in April this year, United running out 1-0 winners at the Showgrounds thanks to a sixth minute goal from Leroy Millar which hit the post before finding it's way into the net.
Latest results v Coleraine (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 1-0 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 20th April 2019. Att: 1448
Coleraine 0-4 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 9th March 2019. Att: 2313
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:
After Oran Kearney's departure at the start of last season, Coleraine had a poor season, finishing 6th, a huge 22 points behing United. They were dumped out of the Tennent's Irish Cup at the semi-final stage with a 2-0 defeat to Crusaders, who ultimately went on to win the competition, and fared even worse in the BetMcLean League Cup where Glentoran defeated them 3-2 on penalties after extra-time at The Oval.

With the unexpected return of Kearney at the start of this season, Coleraine have won 3 league games and drawn 3, made it through to the 3rd round of the BetMcLean League Cup with a 4-0 win over Annagh United, their only defeat so far coming in the North-West Cup on Tuesday evening 2-1 to Moyola Park at Coleraine Showgrounds. They currently sit 2nd in the table on 12 points, 2 ahead of United who have a game in hand.
Ballymena United:
United finished 2nd in the league last season, securing automatic qualification for the Europa League, and made the most of it, getting through a round for the first time in their history before losing to Malmo FF of Sweden. They were knocked out of the Tennent's Irish Cup by Crusaders at the quarter-final stage, lost to Linfield in the final of the BetMcLean League Cup and lost to the same side in the semi-final of the Toals Co Antrim Shield.

So far this season, United have 3 wins, a draw and a defeat in the Danske Bank Premiership and currently occupy 4th place, 6 points behind leaders Crusaders with a game in hand. They also reached the 3rd round of the BetMcLean League Cup with a 3-0 win at home over Newington YC and the 2nd round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield with a 2-1 over Dundela at the Showgrounds on Tuesday evening.
Information for all supporters attending the game:
Supporters from both sides should also read other important information by clicking here.
Information for Coleraine supporters travelling from Coleraine by train:
A connecting bus will leave Ballymena Train Station at 2:15pm to travel to the Showgrounds. Straight after the match, a bus will then leave to connect with the 5:03pm train to Coleraine.
Match Officials:
Referee: Tim Marshall. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Andrew Nethery. 4th Official: Arnold Hunter.
Match Information:
Admission to this game is strictly ticket only - check our Twitter and Facebook feeds for ticket details.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
This is shaping up to be a classic derby game, with both sides at the top end of the table and both sides having lost only one game each so far this season. Make sure to arrive early at the Showgrounds and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin