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Tuesday 21st January v. Cliftonville (neutral) - Toals Co Antrim Shield F - k.o: 7:45pm

Dungannon Swifts Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 13th Dec, 2019 at 13:04

BALLYMENA United host Dungannon Swifts in the Danske Bank Premiership at the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon.
The sides last met on the opening day of the season at Stangmore Park, the Swifts grabbing a share of the points with a last minute penalty put away by Seanan Clucas after Ross Lavery had taken down Rhyss Campbell just inside the box.
Latest results v Dungannon Swifts (all league unless stated):
Dungannon Swifts 2-2 Ballymena United, Stangmore Park, 10th August 2019. Att: 853
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:
Dungannon Swifts have 5 wins, 2 draws and 11 defeats in the league this season, and since the start of November have lost 2-0 at home to Coleraine, 1-0 at home to Larne, 6-1 away to Glentoran, 6-1 at home to Crusaders, defeating basement side Warrenpoint Town 3-1 at home.

They were knocked out of the BetMcLean League Cup in the 3rd round with a 4-0 home defeat to Linfield after easing past Dergview with a 2-0 home win in the previous round. Having knocked Armagh City out of the Mid-Ulster Cup with a 4-1 home win, the Swifts went on to face Loughgall who beat them 3-1 on penalties after the game finished 3-3 after extra-time.
Ballymena United:
United have 5 wins, 5 draws and 9 defeats in the league this season, leaving them sitting in 8th place, just 3 ahead of the Swifts who have a game in hand. Since the start of November, the Sky Blues have lost 3-0 at home to Larne, 2-1 to Carrick Rangers at home, 1-0 away to Cliftonville, drawn 1-1 at home to Institute, lost 2-1 away to Linfield, 2-1 away to Warrenpoint Town, finally getting their first league win in 11 games against Crusaders last Saturday, a single goal from Joshua Kelly in the 88th minute enough to grab all 3 crucial points.

United were knocked out of the BetMcLean League Cup at the quarter-final stage by Crusaders, losing 2-1 at home after extra-time, but have made it to the final of the Toals Co Antrim Shield, where the will face Cliftonville, with wins over Dundela, Crusaders and Harland & Wolff Welders.
Club Shop:
With just two home games before Christmas, make sure to visit the Club Shop in the concourse of the home stand to grab some Ballymena United branded merchandise!
Match Officials:
Referee: Keith Kennedy. Assistant 1: Kristian Hanna. Assistant 2: Gavin Andrews. 4th Official: Peter McGrath.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
The Braidmen will be looking to grab another 3 points as it's vital to increase the gap over the Swifts and capitalise on a fantastic win over Crusaders last weekend. 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