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Harland & Wolff Welders Match Preview
Uploaded Tuesday, 19th Nov, 2019 at 12:22

BALLYMENA United host Harland & Wolff Welders in the semi-finals of the Toals Co Antrim Shield on Wednesday evening.
The last time United faced the Welders was in the 1st round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield last October, the Sky Blues running out 5-0 winners, goals coming from Reece Glendinning, Adam Lecky (2), Tony Kane (penalty) and James Knowles.
Recent results v Harland & Wolff Welders:
Ballymena United 5-0 HW Welders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 16th October 2018 (Toals Co Antrim Shield Round 1)
Ballymena United 1-0 HW Welders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 9th October 2018 (BetMcLean League Cup Round 3)
HW Welders 0-1 Ballymena United, Tillysburn Park, 7th July 2018 (Pre-Season Friendly)
Ballymena United 3-0 HW Welders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 19th September 2017 (Toals Co Antrim Shield Round 1)
HW Welders 2-0 Ballymena United, Tillsyburn Park, 22nd July 2017 (Pre-Season Friendly)
Harland & Wolff Welders:
The Welders have fared poorly in the Bluefin Sport Championship this season, with 5 wins, 3 draws and 8 defeats leaving them in 9th place with 18 points.

They beat Armagh City 6-0 away from home in the 1st round of the BetMcLean League Cup and Warrenpoint Town 4-2 away in the 2nd round, before Institute knocked them out 3-0 in the 3rd round. They've reached the semi-finals of the Toals Co Antrim Shield with a 2-1 win away to Carrick Rangers and a 1-0 win away to Ards.
Ballymena United:
United have failed to win any of their last 7 games in the Danske Bank Premiership, and with 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 defeats, the Sky Blues sit in 7th spot with 16 points.

United beat Newington YC 3-0 at home in the 2nd round of the BetMcLean League Cup, going on to defeat Dollingstown 6-0 at home before losing 2-1 to Crusaders after extra-time in the quarter-finals. In the Toals Co Antrim Shield a 2-1 home victory over Dundela set up a tie against Crusaders, who United managed to defeat 3-2 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after extra-time at the Showgrounds.
Match Officials:
Referee: Tony Clarke. Assistant 1: Kristian Hanna. Assistant 2: Rachel Greer. 4th Official: Peter McGrath.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, 2 additional 10 minute periods of extra-time will be played. If the scores are level after extra-time, the match will be settled by a penalty shootout.
Champions Linfield sent United out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield at the semi-final stage last season, a brace from Andrew Waterworth enough to secure the win for the Blues, who went on to lose to Crusaders in the final. Despite losing to Cliftonville at the weekend, the Braidmen will have taken positives out of a much improved performance while aiming to reach the first final of the season. 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