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Saturday 22nd February v. Cliftonville (away) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Crusaders Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United are back to Danske Bank Premiership action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Seaview to face Crusaders.
The last time the sides met was at Seaview in December, the visiting Sky Blues running out 1-0 winners thanks to an 88th minute goal from Joshua Kelly after he had replaced Ryan Harpur in the 85th minute.
Recent results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Crusaders 0-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 7th December 2019. Att: 989
Ballymena United 1-1 (1-2 aet) Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 29th October 2019. (BetMcLean League Cup Quarter-Final)
Ballymena United 1-1 (1-1 aet 3-2 pens) Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 15th October 2019. (Toals Co. Antrim Shield Quarter-Final)
Ballymena United 1-1 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th October 2019. Att: 1423
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:
Since the defeat to United in December, the Crues have had 4 wins in the Danske Bank Premiership, beating Dungannon Swifts 5-0 at home, Warrenpoint Town 4-0 away from home, Coleraine 1-0 away from home and 3-0 at home to Larne. They've also drawn two games 1-1, both away from home, against Glentoran and Linfield, with a single home defeat, losing 2-1 to Cliftonville on Boxing Day. The North Belfast men currently sit second in the league on 52 points, a point behind leaders Glentoran, but have played an extra game, and Linfield are a point behind with 2 games in hand.

They've also defeated Dundela 3-0 at home in the fifth round of the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup, and will face Coleraine in the BetMcLean League Cup Final in February.
Ballymena United:
In the same period the Sky Blues have had just 2 wins in the Danske Bank Premiership, beating Dungannon Swifts 3-2 and Glenavon 2-1 at home. There have also been 2-0 defeats to Coleraine and Glentoran, both away from home, and 3-2 and 3-0 losses to Larne and Glenavon respectively at the Showgrounds. United are 9th in the league, 2 points behind Carrick Rangers and 7 points ahead of Dungannon Swifts.

A 2-0 win over Crumlin Star at the Showgrounds in early January was enough to set up a 6th round tie against Warrenpoint Town away from home in the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 2:00pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Kristian Hanna. Assistant 2: Mark O'Brien. 4th Official: Peter McGrath.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
The Braidmen went ahead in the final of the Toals Co Antrim Shield on Tuesday evening, but shipped 2 goals deep into injury time to Cliftonville to ultimately lose the tie after an excellent performance. While the players and fans may be stinging, they should also realise the effort and commitment shown was of an incredibly high standard and hopefully bring it into the game against Crusaders. Make your way to Seaview and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin