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Ballinamallard United Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 28th Feb, 2020 at 12:47

BALLYMENA United travel to Ferney Park to take on Ballinamallard United in the quarter-finals of the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was a pre-season friendly in July last year, Ballymena running out 2-1 winners thanks to a Tony Kane penalty in the 12th minute and a last minute goal from Kenneth Kane, his first for the club.
Ballinamallard United:
With 17 wins, 3 draws and 8 defeats, Ballinamallard sit 2nd in the Bluefin Sport Championship, 9 points behind leaders Portadown with a game in hand. Last weekend they beat PSNI in a ding-dong battle at home, the game finishing 6-4.

After reaching last years final, the Mallards lost 3-0 to Crusaders, and this season they've reached the quarter-final stage of the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup with a 1-0 home win over Dollingstown and a 5-2 away win over Knockbreda.
Ballymena United:
The Sky Blues finally broke their run of 7 defeats in the Danske Bank Premiership with a 1-1 draw away to Cliftonville last weekend, leaving them sitting 9th in the league, 5 points behind Carrick Rangers with a game in hand.

Ballymena were knocked out of last years cup in the quarter-finals, losing 3-0 at Seaview to current holders Crusaders. A 5th round 2-0 home defeat over Crumlin Star and a 2-1 6th round away defeat, with a last gasp goal from Andrew McGrory, helped the Braidmen side reach the quarter-finals of the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup.
Match Officials:
Referee: Keith Kennedy. Assistant 1: Gareth Eakin. Assistant 2: Richard Storey. 4th Official: Lee Tavinder.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
The last time the sides met in the Irish Cup was at the Showgrounds in the 6th round in February 2018, Ballymena coming from 2-0 down to take the game into extra-time and a penalty shoot-out which the home side won 4-3. It's a wholly different scenario this time round with high-scoring Ballinamallard in a rich vein of form and the Sky Blues attempting to rescue something positive from a poor season. Make your way to Ferney Park and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin