|Portadown Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 15th Oct, 2021 at 15:30|
|BALLYMENA United travel to Shamrock Park on Saturday afternoon to face Portadown in the Danske Bank Premiership, kicking off at 3:00pm.|
|The last meeting between the sides was on the final day of last season, United running out 4-2 winners at the Showgrounds thanks to goals from Seamus McCartan, Trai Hume, Conor Keeley, Ryan Harpur.|
|Recent results v Portadown (all league unless stated):|
Ballymena United 4-2 Portadown, Ballymena Showgrounds, 29th May 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 4-1 Portadown, Ballymena Showgrounds, 27th April 2021. (Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup Round 1)
Ballymena United 2-1 Portadown, Ballymena Showgrounds, 13th March 2021. Att: Behing Closed Doors
Portadown 1-2 Ballymena United, Shamrock Park, 27th February 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Portadown 0-0 Ballymena United, Shamrock Park, 5th December 2020. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Portadown have struggled for form since the start of the season, winning a single league game early in October, drawing their opening game and losing 5.
They've fared better in cup competition though, defeating Dollingstown 2-0 in the Mid-Ulster Cup and Newington YC 2-0 in the BetMcLean League Cup, both at Shamrock Park.
Similarly, United have won just one league game, a 4-3 battle at home to Dungannon Swifts in late September, drawing 1-1 against Glenavon and losing their other 5 games. This leaves the Sky Blues in 9th place in the table, level with the Ports but ahead on goal difference.
Again, Ballymena have fared much better in cup competition, sailing past Harland & Wolff Welders with a 2-0 win at home in the 1st round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield, defeating Annagh United 4-2 in the 2nd round of the BetMcLean League Cup, then securing a spot in the quarter finals with a 3-2 win over Crusaders at Seaview on Wednesday evening thanks to a late extra-time Jonte Smith goal.
|Ballymena United fans can access match tickets by clicking here.|
|Referee: Evan Boyce. Assistant 1: Kristian Hanna. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Barry Monaghan.|
|The game will kick off at 3:00pm.|
|This is a huge game in the context of league position as both teams are at the wrong end of the table, a single point ahead of bottom placed Warrenpoint Town. Make your way to Shamrock Park and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!|
|Match Preview by Paul Irwin|
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