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Newington Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 3rd Feb, 2023 at 18:19

BALLYMENA United host Newington in the 6th round of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The last game between the sides was in the 1st round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield in September, David McDaid and Kenneth Kane goals sandwiching a stunning equaliser from Tiarnan McNicholl to take a 2-1 victory at Solitude.
Latest results v Newington (all league unless stated):
Newington 1-2 Ballymena United, Solitude, 6th September 2022. (Toals Co Antrim Shield Round 1)
Ballymena United 3-0 Newington, Ballymena Showgrounds, 27th August 2019. (BetMcLean League Cup Round 2)
Ballymena United 4-1 Newington, Ballymena Showgrounds, 30th August 2016. (BetMcLean League Cup Round 2)
Ballymena United 3-0 Newington, Ballymena Showgrounds, 25th August 2014. (BetMcLean League Cup Round 2)
Newington sit 11th in the Lough 41 Championship with 24 points from 25 games in their first season after promotion. With 7 wins, 3 draws and 15 defeats, they are level on points with Dergview who have 2 games in hand, and 4 ahead of Knockbreda who have 1 game in hand.
Ballymena United:
Ballymena United are 7th in the Danske Bank Premiership, with 9 wins, 3 draws and 12 defeats, and are 3 points ahead of Glenavon.

The Sky Blues needed extra-time and penalties to overcome Carrick Rangers in the fifth round tie at Loughshore Leisure Arena. Last season United made the final, where they were defeated 2-1 after extra-time by Crusaders.
Admission of £10 for adults and £5 concessions/kids is payable at the gate, and entrance by car remains via Warden Street only.
Match Officials:
Referee: Lee Tavinder. Assistant 1: Andrew Nethery. Assistant 2: George Argyropoulos. 4th Official: Diarmuid Harrigan.
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.
It's a timely break from league action for United, but they know that Newington can push them, and will be hoping for a good start to the game. 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