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Carrick Rangers Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 3rd May, 2021 at 17:24

BALLYMENA United travel to Belfast Loughshore Arena to face Carrick Rangers on Tuesday evening.
The last meeting between the sides in March at the Showgrounds ended in a 2-0 win to United, an own goal from Gordon squeezing past Aaron Hogg into his own net and a dinked ball from Seamus McCartan going over Hogg to make it 2-0.
Latest results v Carrick Rangers (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-0 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 30th March 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Carrick Rangers 0-2 Ballymena United, Loughshore Hotel Arena, 30th January 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 2-0 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 1st December 2020. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 0-2 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 8th February 2020. Att: 1039
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:
Since the defeat to United in March, Carrick have had a single league win, defeating Dungannon Swifts 2-0 away from home last Friday night, with 3 draws and 4 defeats along the way. They sit 5th in section B of the league, 7 behind Warrenpoint Town and Portadown and 7 ahead of Dungannon Swifts.

They did make it through the first round of this seasons Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup, beating Belfast Celtic 3-0 at home.
Ballymena United:
In the same period, the Sky Blues have also had a single league win, beating Glenavon 3-1 on Saturday afternoon, along with a draw against Glentoran and single goal defeats to Crusaders, Glenavon, Linfield and Coleraine. This leaves United 3 points behind Glenavon in 2nd place in section B of the league.

A 4-1 win at home to Portadown last Tuesday night in the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup, goals coming from Paul McElroy, Ryan Waide (2) and a Seamus McCartan penalty plenty to secure a berth in the last sixteen where they will host PSNI on Saturday afternoon.
Where to watch:
The game will be streamed on the BBC Sport NI website and BBC iPlayer, starting at 7:30pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ross Dunlop. Assistant 1: Paul Robinson. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Shane McGonigle.
Match Information:
No fans will be admitted to the ground because of the current Covid-19 restrictions.

Kick off is 7:30pm.
With just 4 games left in the Danske Bank Premiership, Carrick are only playing for pride, while the Sky Blues are trying to boost their hopes of a coveted 7th place finish and a chance to compete in Europe next season. Make sure you tune into the BBC stream of the game and get behind YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin