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Monday 27th July v. Coleraine (neutral) - Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup SF - k.o: 4:00pm

Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup semi-final

Carrick Rangers Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 7th Feb, 2020 at 12:19

BALLYMENA United are back in action at the Showgrounds when they host Carrick Rangers in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last meeting between the sides was in November, the visitors running out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Gerard Kelly and Lee Chapman, either side of an Aaron Burns headed goal.
Latest results v Carrick Rangers (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 1-2 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 9th November 2019. Att: 740
Carrick Rangers 0-1 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 30th August 2019. Att: 696
Carrick Rangers 1-2 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 21st July 2018 (Pre-Season Friendly)
Ballymena United 3-0 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 13th January 2018. Att: 699
Ballymena United 3-1 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 16th December 2017. Att: 778
Carrick Rangers:
Since the game in November, the Amber Army have racked up 3 league wins, a draw and 9 defeats, leaving them 8th in the table on 28 points.

After defeating Ards 3-1 in the 5th round of the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup, they were hammered 5-1 at home by a rampant Crusaders side in the 6th round.
Ballymena United:
United have won 3 leagues wins in the same period, 1 draw and 8 defeats, and now sit 9th in the table, 2 points behind Carrick with a game in hand.

It's a balancing act for Sky Blues boss David Jeffrey at the moment, working to ensure all players remain fit for the rest of the season and aiming to progress in the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup where they beat Warrenpoint Town in the 5th round with a very late goal on Saturday and now go on to face Ballinamallard United away from home at the end of February in the quarter-finals.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ian McNabb. Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson. Assistant 2: Adam Jeffrey. 4th Official: Neil Robinson.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Prior to Carrick Rangers winning in November, it was 8 years since the East Antrim side managed to win at the Showgrounds in the league. Let's start that run again and secure an important 3 points which would move us ahead of Carrick in the Danske Bank Premiership. 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