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Saturday 24th April v. Coleraine (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

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Portadown Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 12th Mar, 2021 at 16:37

BALLYMENA United are back at the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon when they host Portadown in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The last time the sides met was a fortnight ago when United grabbed their first win in a month, Sam Warde opening the scoring for home side, before Seamus McCartan and Ross Redman sealed the points for the visitors.
Latest results v Portadown (all league unless stated):
Portadown 1-2 Ballymena United, Shamrock Park, 27th February 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Portadown 0-0 Ballymena United, Shamrock Park, 5th December 2020. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 4-1 Portadown, Ballymena Showgrounds, 11th February 2019. (Tennent's Irish Cup Round 6)
Portadown:
Portadown got their third win of the season last Saturday with a magnificent 4-1 win over derby rivals Glenavon at Shamrock Park, but were defeated 2-1 on Tuesday evening at the same venue against the same team. They currently sit 10th in the Danske Bank Premiership, 3 ahead of bottom places Dungannon Swifts and 8 behind 9th placed Warrenpoint Town.
Ballymena United:
As always, this season has proved to be a bit of a roller-coaster ride for the Braidmen, going unbeaten for 8 games before going on a losing streak of 5, and now back to unbeaten in the past 4 which includes 2 wins and 2 draws. On Tuesday night a 2-0 victory at The Oval will have provided a huge boost in confidence, leaving the Sky Blues 7th in the league, 5 points behind 6th placed Cliftonville with 2 games in hand, and level on points with 8th placed Glenavon who have a game in hand.
Ballymena United TV:
There will be a stream of the match live at https://ballymenaunitedfc.tv/live/. If you haven't already created an account, it's recommended you do so as soon as possible, and you'll have to make payment of £7.50 to watch the game. Ballymena United Season Ticket holders will gain access free of charge.
Match Officials:
Referee: Christopher Morrison. Assistant 1: Ryan Kelsey. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Declan Hassan.
Match Information:
No fans will be admitted to the Showgrounds because of current Covid-19 restrictions.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Despite several draws, the last home win for Ballymena came on the 1st December 2020 with a 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers. Victory over Portadown a fortnight ago, coupled with our upturn in form, will provide ample belief for United though. Make sure you tune into our live stream and get behind YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin