|Coleraine Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 24th Sep, 2021 at 11:18|
|BALLYMENA United travel to Coleraine on Saturday for the first derby game of the season in the Danske Bank Premiership.|
|The last meeting between the sides in April ended with Coleraine winning 2-1 and taking all 3 points away from Ballymena Showgrounds, a late goal from Ross Redman consolation after goals either side of the break from Aaron Traynor and Stephen Lowry.|
|Latest results v Coleraine (all league unless stated):|
Ballymena United 1-2 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 24th April 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 0-1 Coleraine, Ballymena Showgrounds, 16th February 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Coleraine 0-1 Ballymena United, Coleraine Showgrounds, 16th October 2020. Att: 450
After losing their opening two games in the league 4-2 away to Larne and 2-1 away to Cliftonville, Coleraine remain undefeated since, with wins over Carrick Rangers and Dungannon Swifts, drawing 1-1 at Linfield last Saturday. They sit 5th in the table with 7 points, 2 behind 4th placed Carrick Rangers and level with Crusaders and Linfield, both of whom have games in hand.
They also defeated Bangor 5-0 at Clandeboye Park in the 2nd round of the BetMcLean League Cup and will travel to face Carrick Rangers in the last 16.
The Sky Blues have fared poorly in the league, losing their opening two games 2-1 away to Warrenpoint Town and 4-1 at Glentoran. They managed to sneak a late 1-1 draw at home to Glenavon last weekend thanks to a Ryan Waide equaliser. United sit 10th in the league with a single point, ahead of both Portadown and Dungannon Swifts, and 2 behind Warrenpoint Town with 2 games in hand.
A 4-2 win away to Annagh United in the 2nd round of the BetMcLean League Cup set up a 3rd round tie away to Crusaders, and we await the draw for the 2nd round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield after beating Harland & Wolff Welders 2-0 at home.
|Ballymena United supporters wishing to attend the match on Saturday will be required to buy tickets in advance. For further details please read this article.|
|Referee: Christopher Morrison. Assistant 1: Paul Robinson. Assistant 2: Kristian Hanna. 4th Official: Steven Gregg.|
|Kick off is 3:00pm.|
|It's coming up to a year since United beat Coleraine, United winning 1-0 away in October last year. Over the past few seasons Coleraine have, by and large, been very impressive and have ran Linfield close to the Gibson Cup in the past two seasons. They say form goes out the window in derby so let's hope that's the case and we urge any United fans attending the game to be loud and proud of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!|
|Match Preview by Paul Irwin|
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