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Larne Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 14th Aug, 2023 at 08:09

BALLYMENA United make the short trip over Shane's Hill to face Champions Larne on Tuesday evening.
The last time the sides met was in the Semi-Final of last seasons Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup at Seaview, United winning 2-0 thanks to second half goals from Craig Farquhar and Douglas Wilson.
Latest results v Larne (all league unless stated):
Larne 0-2 Ballymena United, Inver Park, 31st March 2023. (Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup Semi-Final)
Larne 1-0 Ballymena United, Inver Park, 17th March 2023. Att: 2033
Ballymena United 0-3 Larne, Ballymena Showgrounds, 21st February 2023. Att: 1156
Larne 1-0 Ballymena United, Inver Park, 11th October 2022. (Toals Co Antrim Shield Quarter-Final)
Larne 3-0 Ballymena United, Inver Park, 26th August 2022. Att: 1905
After the defeat to Ballymena in the Irish Cup, Larne went on to secure the Gibson Cup with 2 wins, a draw and a defeat.

They were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the first qualifying stage by HJK Helsinki, losing 3-2 after extra-time in the second leg. This dropped them down into the second qualifying stage of the UEFA Europa Conference league were they were defeated 7-1 on aggregate by Kosovan side Ballkani.

Their league campaign has started with a 4-4 home draw against Dungannon Swifts and a 2-1 away win over Glentoran, leaving them sitting 2nd in the table.
Ballymena United:
After scoring the first goal of this seasons Sports Direct Premiership, United lost 2-1 to Coleraine on the opening night of the league. On Friday evening United lost their second game to Crusaders going 2 goals down before grabbing a last minute goal by Ryan Waide.

With no points, the Sky Blues are lucky not to be bottom of the table, Carrick Rangers and Glenavon below them on goal-difference.
Match Tickets:
Tickets for Ballymena United supporters are available at Tickets - Ballymena United Fans.

Adult admission costs £13 and concessions are £9, while primary children children cost £2.
Match Officials:
To Be Confirmed
Match Information:
The match kicks off at 7:45pm.
Ballymena United desperately need a win but they don't come tougher than Larne, even moreso with Colin Coates suspended after being shown a straight red card on Friday. The Sky Blues are always likely to spring a surprise when it's unexpected so make your way to Inver Park and get behind YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin