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Saturday 11th February v. Portadown (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Newington MATCH REPORT

Carrick Rangers Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 6th Jan, 2023 at 12:50

BALLYMENA United travel to Loughshore Leisure Arena on Saturday afternoon to face Carrick Rangers in the fifth round of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup.
The last game between the sides, in the Danske Bank Premiership in November, ended in a 2-0 win for United, goals from Douglas Wilson and Sean Graham enough to bring home the points.
Latest results v Carrick Rangers (all league unless stated):
Carrick Rangers 0-2 Ballymena United, Loughshore Leisure Arena, 26th November 2022. Att: 432
Ballymena United 0-1 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 17th September 2022. Att: 966
Ballymena United 3-0 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 23rd April 2022. Att: 1098
Carrick Rangers 3-0 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 25th January 2022. Att: 441
Ballymena United 0-1 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 20th November 2021. Att: 884
Carrick Rangers 2-1 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 2nd October 2021. Att: 483
Carrick Rangers:
Since the game in November, Carrick Rangers have lost 3-1 away to Linfield, 4-1 away to Dungannon Swifts, drew 1-1 with Larne at Inver Park and lost 3-0 away to Crusaders.

This leaves the Amber Army in 9th in the league table with 23 points from 21 games, 3 points behind Glenavon who have played 19 and 5 ahead of Newry City who have 20 games under their belts.
Ballymena United:
The Sky Blues have played just 4 league games in the same period, beating Cliftonville 4-1 at Solitude, losing to Portadown and Coleraine away from home and, on Monday, beat Glentoran 2-0 at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

United are now in 7th place with 26 points from 20 games, 9 points behind Glentoran who have an extra game to play, and 3 points ahead of Glenavon who also have a game in hand.
Tickets:
Tickets for Ballymena United supporters are available at Match Tickets. Cash will also be accepted at the gate.
Match Officials:
Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Bogdan Sfirloaga. Assistant 2: David Burns. 4th Official: Michael McKenna.
Match Information:
The match kicks off at 3:00pm.

If the score is level after 90 minutes, the game will go to extra-time with 2 periods of 15 minutes. If the score remains level after extra-time, the game will proceed to a penalty shoot out.
Can you feel cup fever yet? Make your way to Loughshore Leisure Arena in Carrick and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin