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Loughgall Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 7th Jan, 2022 at 16:21

BALLYMENA United get their Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup campaign underway on Saturday afternoon when they host Loughgall in the first round.
The last time the sides met in a competitive game was in Loughgall's final season in the top flight, United winning 4-1 at home thanks to goals from Kevin Kelbie (2), Garth Scates and Simon Kelly. The teams have met only once in the Irish Cup, in January 2000 a single goal from Glenn Hunter enough to secure a place in the following round.
Loughgall:
The mid-Ulster side sit 4th in the Lough 41 Championship, with 11 wins out of 21 games, 4 draws and 6 defeats, most recently defeating Queen's University 1-0 away from home.
Ballymena United:
The Sky Blues sit 6th in the Danske Bank Premiership, with 10 wins out of 21 games, 1 draw and 10 defeats, most recently defeating Portadown 4-0 at home thanks to goals from David Parkhouse (2), Jude Winchester and Ross Redman.
Match Tickets:
Tickets are available for both home and away fans at a price of £10 for adults and £6 concession. As Season Tickets are not valid for this game, holders MUST buy a ticket. Please choose your option below to purchase your tickets.

Tickets for Ballymena United supporters are available at Tickets - Home Fans.

Tickets for Loughgall supporters are available at Tickets - Away Fans. Loughgall supporters will be housed in the away (Warden Street) stand.
Match Officials:
Referee: Diarmuid Harrigan. Assistant 1: Bogdan Sfirloaga. Assistant 2: Richard Hegarty. 4th Official: Louise Thompson.
Match Information:
The match kicks off at 3:00pm.

Should the match result in a draw after 90 minutes, two 15 minutes of extra-time will be played, and should the score be equal at the end of extra-time, the match shall be decided on penalty kicks.
Ballymena will go into this game high in confidence after back to back wins over the festive period, while Loughgall will be a very difficult task given their league position. 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