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Crusaders Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 11th Oct, 2019 at 12:44

BALLYMENA United host Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership at the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon.
The last meeting between the sides was in the league on the last day of last season, Crusaders winning the tie 3-0 but United given the points due to an administrative error in the Crues team sheet.
Recent results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 3-0 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 27th April 2019. Att: 999
Crusaders 3-0 Ballymena United, Seaview, 2nd March 2019. (Tennent's Irish Cup Quarter-Final)
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
Crusaders:
The North Belfast side have won 8, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their league games this season and sit top of the table on 25 points, 5 points ahead of 2nd placed Coleraine.

Crusaders were drawn against Lurgan Celtic in the 2nd round of the BetMcLean League Cup, but were automatically put through to the 3rd round after their opponents pulled out of the NIFL, going on to register a 4-1 win away to Limavady United. They also defeated Sirocco Works 8-1 at home in the 1st round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield, and will be back at the Showgrounds on Tuesday night for the 2nd round game.
Ballymena United:
The Sky Blues have played one less league game than the Crues and have won 4, drawn 3 and lost 2 games, leaving them sitting 6th in the league on goal difference, with 15 points.

United have beaten Newington YC 3-0 at home in the 2nd round of the BetMcLean League Cup and, on Tuesday evening, defeated Dollingstown 6-0 in the 3rd round. The draw for the next round will be held live on BBC Radio Ulster on Saturday afternoon at 5:30pm. A win over Dundela in the 1st round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield set up Tuesday evening's clash against Crusaders in the 2nd round.
Match Officials:
Referee: Andrew Davey. Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Shane Andrews.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Crusaders are in excellent form at the minute, and promise to be our hardest test so far this season. United have been able to grind out results, and go into the game on the back of a morale lifting 6-0 on Tuesday evening. 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