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Crusaders Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 8th Oct, 2021 at 15:34

BALLYMENA United host Crusaders, in the first of two consecutive games between the sides in a week, on Saturday afternoon.
The last meeting between the sides was in April last season, a single Aidan Wilson goal giving the Crues all 3 points and ending a run of 10 games unbeaten from the Sky Blues.
Recent results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 0-1 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 2nd April 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 20th February 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 1-4 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 7th November 2020. Att: 600
Crusaders started the season with a 2-0 defeat to Linfield away from home, but have improved greatly since then, winning 3 home league games, drawing with Cliftonville at home in the North Belfast derby, and losing 2-0 at home to Coleraine on Monday evening. They sit 7th in the league with 10 points, 2 behind Glentoran with a game in hand.

They also made it through the opening rounds of the Toals Co Antrim Shield with a 4-0 win over Newington and the BetMcLean League Cup with a 5-0 win over Moyola Park. The third round of the league cup sees them host Ballymena United on Wednesday evening.
Ballymena United:
Expectations amongst Ballymena United fans are currently very low after a poor start to the season which shows no sign of letting up. It took 3 league game to get their first point on the board with a 1-1 draw against Glenavon, and it was their 5th league game which gave them their first league win, all other 4 games defeats. With just 4 points on the board, United sit in 9th place, just 1 point from the bottom of the table.

Relief has came from wins in the opening rounds of the Toals Co Antrim Shield with a 2-0 win over Harland & Wolff Welders and a 4-2 defeat of Annagh United in the BetMcLean League Cup. It's fair to say the draws for the next rounds in either competition weren't kind to the Sky Blues, throwing up Crusaders in the league cup and Larne in the Toals Co Antrim Shield.
Match Tickets:
Ballymena United fans can access match tickets by clicking here.

Crusaders fans can access match tickets clicking here.
Match Officials:
Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Bogdan Sfirloaga. 4th Official: Peter McGrath.
Match Information:
The game will kick off at 3:00pm.
Can the Sky Blues get their season back on track with what would be a huge 3 points against Crusaders? 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