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Tuesday 3rd October v. Lisburn Distillery (home) - BetMcLean League Cup rd1 - k.o: 7:45pm

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Linfield Match Preview
Uploaded Thursday, 17th Aug, 2023 at 15:33

Ballymena United host Linfield at the Showgrounds in the Sports Direct Premiership on Friday evening.
The last meeting between the sides was in January at the National Stadium when Linfield ran out 3-0 winners thanks to an Eetu Vertainen hat-trick.
Latest results v Linfield:
Linfield 3-0 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 21st January 2023. Att: 2376
Ballymena United 0-2 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 18th November 2022. Att: 1714
Ballymena United 0-4 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 3rd September 2022. Att: 1742
Linfield finished last season in 2nd place with 77 points, 6 behind league winners Larne.

The Blues started this season with a 3-2 win on aggregate over Albanian side Vllaznia in the 1st qualifying round of the UEFA Europa Conference League, going on to lose the 2nd qualifying round 8-4 on aggregate against Polish side Pogon.

Linfield have started this season with a 3-2 away win over Dungannon Swifts and a 4-2 win at home over basement side Glenavon on Tuesday evening.
Ballymena United:
The Braidmen have started the season with 3 defeats, losing 2-1 Coleraine away from home on the opening day, 2-1 to Crusaders in their first home game, and 3-0 at Larne on Tuesday evening.
Tickets cost £13 for adults and £9 for concessions. Children under 12 years old cost £3.

Ballymena United supporters can click this link and you'll be directed to the tickets page.

Linfield supporters can click this link and you'll be directed to the tickets page.
Ingress/Egress details:
Supporters should be aware that the Slemish Drive turnstiles are closed to Ballymena United fans tonight. Gate E down beside Northern Regional College will be open for pedestrians. Parking is available at Ecos and leisure centre car parks if main car park fills up. It was very close last week.
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Match Officials:
Referee: Jamie Robinson. Assistant 1: Ryan Kelsey. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Mark Dillon.
Match Information:
The match kicks off at 7:45pm.
The last time United beat Linfield was at the Showgrounds in the quarter-final of the BetMcLean League Cup in November 2021, a 3-1 win courtesy of goals from Douglas Wilson, Jude Winchester and Leroy Millar. Could we see another on Friday evening? 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