|Larne Match Preview|
|Uploaded Monday, 18th Oct, 2021 at 16:01|
|BALLYMENA United are back in action on Tuesday evening when they host Larne in the quarter-finals of the Toals Co Antrim Shield.|
|The last time the sides met was March last season, goals coming from Albert Watson (own goal) and Rory Hale, resulting in a 1-1 draw at the Showgrounds.|
|Latest results v Larne (all league unless stated):|
Ballymena United 1-1 Larne, Ballymena Showgrounds, 6th March 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Larne 0-1 Ballymena United, Inver Park, 2nd January 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Larne 2-0 Ballymena United, Inver Park, 31st October 2020. Att: 490
After an excellent season last year, Larne qualified for the Europe Conference League where they defeated both Bala Town and Aarhus over two legs, ultimately going out to Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira.
Winning 5 of their league games so far this season, drawing one and losing 2 leaves them 3rd in the table on 16 points, just 4 behind leaders Cliftonville.
They've also beaten Limavady United at home in the BetMcLean League Cup, but were thrown out of the competition after fielding an ineligible player. In the Toals Co Antrim Shield they overcame Glentoran with a 2-1 home victory, setting up this derby game against Ballymena.
It's been a tough start to the season for the Sky Blues, who now sit in 9th place after 2 wins, a draw and 5 defeats. This leaaves us 4 points behind 8th placed Glenavon with a game in hand.
The BetMcLean League Cup has been favourable to United, who beat Annagh United 4-2 away from home in the 2nd round and Crusaders in the 3rd round last Wednesday evening, the quarter-final throwing up a home tie against either Linfield or PSNI.
A 2-0 home win over Harland & Wolff Welders was needed to take us through to face Larne in the quarter-finals of the Toals Co Antrim Shield.
|Ballymena United fans should read this article for details on how to get your tickets for the match. Season tickets are NOT valid and will not scan.|
|Details of entrance and exit arrangements can be found in this article.|
Kick off is 7:45pm.
If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the game will be decided on penalty kicks.
|The spoils were shared last season with United winning one, Larne winning one, and the most recent ending in a draw. Larne are coming into this tie on the back of a 2-1 defeat away to league leaders Cliftonville, and United go into it on the back of wins over Portadown and Crusaders, both away from home. Grab your ticket and 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|
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