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Saturday 23rd September v. Ballinamallard United (away) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

HW Welders Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 21st Jul, 2017 at 12:58

BALLYMENA United face Harland & Wolff Welders at Tillysburn Park on Saturday in a pre-season friendly game.
The last time the sides faced each other was in the 6th round of the Tennent's Irish Cup in February last season at Tillysburn, the game ending 1-1 after 90 minutes but United making the Quarter-Finals thanks to goals from Tony Kane and debutant Kevin Braniff either side of half-time in extra-time.
Debutant Kevin Braniff scored the first goal, and the secured the win deep into extra-time
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Recent results v Harland & Wolff Welders:
HW Welders 1-1 (1-3 aet) Ballymena United, Tillysburn Park, 4th February 2017 (Tennent's Irish Cup Round 6)

Ballymena United 3-0 HW Welders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 20th September 2016 (Toals Co Antrim Shield Round 1).

HW Welders 2-1 Ballymena United, Tillysburn Park, 23rd July 2016 (Pre-Season Friendly).
Cathair Friel scored the 3rd goal of the 3-0 win in the Toals Co Antrim Shield 1st round game in August 2016
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Harland & Wolff Welders:
The Welders finished top of Section B in the NIFL Championship last season. They finished with enough points to claim 3rd place but failed to make the top 6 at the time of the league split. They were knocked out of the Tennent's Irish Cup in the 6th round by Ballymena United, and United also dumped them out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield at the 1st round stage. They made the 3rd round of the Northern Ireland League Cup, getting knocked out by Glenavon at Mourneview Park in October.
Ballymena United:
Finishing last season in 4th place in the Danske Bank Premiership ensured a place on the Europa League Play-Off competition, with a 5-2 win over Dungannon Swifts and a 2-1 defeat of Glenavon grabbing a place in this seasons Europa League Qualifiers. The draw proved tough though, United facing Odds BK of Skien, Norway, but the club and fans were delighted with the performances against a well-drilled side well into their domestic season, losing 3-0 away from home and 2-0 in the return leg at Seaview.
Match Officials:
To Be Confirmed
Match Information:
Admission (2 adult - children and seniors free) is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm
As the start of the new domestic campaign approaches, it's important that the United squad get some game time against tough opposition, which the Welders are always guaranteed to provide. We look forward to our trip to a very welcoming club and hope to see as many of our fans making the journey. Come on Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin