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

Knockbreda Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 28th Aug, 2017 at 18:38

BALLYMENA United begin their defence of the League Cup at home to Knockbreda on Tuesday night.
The last time the sides met was in a pre-season friendly last July, United running out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Johnny McMurray, Willie Faulkner and Conor McCloskey.
Knockbreda:
The East Belfast side currently sit 5th in the Bluefin Sport Championship having drew their first game 0-0 away to PSNI, lost their second game at home to Ballyclare Comrades, then got their first win of the season on Saturday 3-0 away to Harland & Wolff Welders.
Ballymena United:
It will be a welcome break from league action for United who, so far have lost 3 and drew 1 league game, sitting a point ahead of Ards at the bottom of the table.
Last season was the first time the Sky Blues had won the Northern Ireland League Cup, which is sponsored this season by BetMcLean, with a 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers in the final in February. David Jeffrey will demand the players show the same attitude as they did on Saturday against Linfield, stating "there is no point performing to the level they did at Linfield if they do not do something similar on Tuesday night."
Manager David Jeffrey, Main Sponsor Norman McBurney OBE, Ballymena United Chairman John Taggart and Assistant Manager Bryan McLaughlin with the NI League Cup
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Match Officials:
Referee: Chris Morrison. Assistant 1: Kristian Hanna. Assistant 2: Andrew Butler.
Match Information:
Season Tickets, Junior Sky Blues Membership & Youth Academy Passes are invalid for this game.

Admission is payable at the gate.

Adults 8, Concessions 5.

Home and away fans will be seated in the home stand, and can enter through the Slemish end, following the turn-off for the Ecos Centre, or via the turnstiles at the old social club end of the ground.
Can the Sky Blues get their first win of the season as they start their defence of the League Cup? After the much improved performance on Saturday, United will be expected to repeat that and go through, but anything can happen in a cup game. Make your way to the Showgrounds and be loud and proud in your support - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin