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Saturday 3rd December v. Cliftonville (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

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Coleraine Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 14th Oct, 2022 at 10:44

BALLYMENA United host Coleraine in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last meeting between the sides was at the Ballymena Showground just over a week ago in the second round of the BetMcLean League Cup, the visitors running out 1-0 winners thanks to a Conor McKendry goal shortly after Michael Place was shown a red card.
Latest results v Coleraine (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 0-1 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 4th October 2022. (BetMcLean League Cup Round 2)
Coleraine 1-1 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 26th February 2022. Att: 2913
Ballymena United 2-1 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 27th December 2021. Att: 3210
Coleraine 3-0 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 25th September 2021. Att: 3183
Coleraine:
Coleraine drew 0-0 at home to Linfield at the weekend, and remain in 5th spot in the Danske Bank Premiership, staying a point behind 4th placed Crusaders and 3 ahead of Linfield.
Ballymena United:
Ballymena United got their first win in six league games with a 2-0 defeat of Portadown at the Showgrounds, both goals coming from David McDaid, pushing the Sky Blues above Newry City by a point and 2 behind Glenavon.

Tuesday night seen United lose 1-0 away to Larne in the Toals Co Antrim Shield in a game which seen plenty of endeavour from the visitors, before Albert Watson finally grabbed the winning goal in the 70th minute.
Tickets:
Tickets, costing £12 for adults, £8 concessions and £2 for primary school children, are available to buy using this link.

Coleraine fans can avail of the same prices but should use this link.
Entrance/Exit Arrangements:
  • Ballymena United spectators will only be able to gain entry from the ECOS side of the stadium, in other words all spectators travelling to this match by car should drive to the roundabout on the Broughshane Road and take the turn off signposted to ECOS and follow Kernoghan's Lane into the car park at the rear of the Showgrounds.

  • Any home spectators walking to the stadium should walk down Suffolk Street onto Farm Lodge Avenue and make their way to Gate E, then around the new 2G pitch and along the rear of the Main Stand to the turnstiles at Gate P.

  • Slemish Drive turnstiles will NOT be open for this match and Slemish Drive car park will not be available for use by Ballymena United Supporters.

  • Supporters are also advised that at the end of the match Ballymena United spectators will be required to leave via gate P and on towards ECOS centre/Kernoghans Lane then Broughshane Road.

  • There will be no egress towards Slemish Drive or Warden Street egress to Suffolk Street may be subject to a short delay.
  • Your understanding and assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated by the club.
    Match Officials:
    Referee: Jamie Robinson. Assistant 1: George Argyropoulos. Assistant 2: Andrew Nethery. 4th Official: Evan Boyce.
    Match Officials:
    Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Stephen Donaldson. 4th Official: Shane Andrews.
    Match Information:
    The match kicks off at 3:00pm.
    Defeating Ballymena and drawing with Champions Linfield over the past while sees Coleraine high on confidence, while United's poor run of form has led to bowed heads, although the first half display against Larne may provide a much needed boost. Anything can happen in a derby game so 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