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

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Uploaded Sunday, 13th Nov, 2022 at 20:03

BALLYMENA United head to Seaview in Belfast on Monday night to face Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The last time the sides met was also at Seaview in the Danske Bank Premiership, the Crues running out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Philip Lowry, Jarlath O'Rourke and Jordan Forsythe.
Latest results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Crusaders 3-0 Ballymena United, Seaview, 23rd September 2022. Att: 1368
Ballymena United 1-1 (1-2 aet) Crusaders, National Stadium, 7th May 2022. (Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup Final)
Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 15th March 2022. Att: 802
Ballymena United 2-0 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 27th November 2021. Att: 1055
Crusaders 1-1 (2-3 aet) Ballymena United, Seaview, 13th October 2021. (BetMcLean League Cup Round 3)
Ballymena United 0-1 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 9th October 2021. Att: 1282
Crusaders:
Since the 3-0 win over United in September, Crusaders have won 4 league games, beating Glenavon and Portadown at home and Dungannon Swifts and Coleraine away. They've also drew 0-0 with Cliftonville and lost to both Carrick Rangers and Larne, all away from home.

The North Belfast men sit 4th in the Danske Bank Premiership, a single point behind rivals Cliftonville and 6 points behind leaders Larne.
Ballymena United:
The week after the defeat to Crusaders seen the Sky Blues get a much needed win over Portadown at home, followed by a 2-1 defeat of derby rivals Coleraine. In the following period United drew with Dungannon Swifts and beat Newry City, before losing narrowly to the same side a few days later.

United sit 10th in the table, 10 points ahead of Dungannon Swifts with 2 games in hand. Above us are Newry City with a 1 point advantage having played 2 extra games.
Tickets:
Ballymena United fans can buy their tickets from the Crusaders ticket portal at https://crusadersfootballclub.com/tickets. Adults cost £12 and concessions £8.
Match Officials:
Referee: Tony Clarke. Assistant 1: Ryan Kelsey. Assistant 2: Stephen Bell. 4th Official: Ben McMaster.
Match Information:
United supporters will be housed in the Fonacab Stand, entering the ground via Community Gate A.

The match kicks off at 7:45pm.
In November last season, Ballymena United beat Crusaders at Seaview in the league, second half goals from Jude Winchester and Paul McElroy grabbing a shock 3 points. Could the same happen again? Make your way to Seaview and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin