|Portadown Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 11th Mar, 2022 at 11:29|
|BALLYMENA United make the trip to Shamrock Park on Saturday afternoon to face Portadown in the Danske Bank Premiership.|
|The last meeting between the sides was at the Showgrounds on New Years Day, United running out 4-0 winners thanks to goals from Jude Winchester, David Parkhouse (2), and Ross Redman.|
|Recent results v Portadown (all league unless stated):|
Ballymena United 4-0 Portadown, Ballymena Showgrounds, 1st January 2022. Att: 1289
Portadown 0-1 Ballymena United, Shamrock Park, 16th October 2021. Att: 648
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
Since the defeat to United in January, Portadown have won a single league game, beating Warrenpoint Town 1-0 at home in February. They've drawn 3, including Saturday when they drew 2-2 away to Carrick Rangers, and lost 4, leaving them on 18 points in the relegation play-off spot, 6 behind Carrick and 6 ahead of Warrenpoint Town.
They were knocked out of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup at the second round stage, Coleraine defeating the Ports 2-0 at home.
In the same timeframe, the Sky Blues have won 2 league games, drawn 3 and lost 3, most recently going down 2-0 at home to Linfield. United are in the middle of a battle to finish in the top half of the table, sitting 7th on 40 points, 5 behind Coleraine with a game in hand, and 1 ahead of Glenavon, also with a game in hand.
They reached the semi-finals of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup last Saturday, defeating Larne 4-3 on penalties after extra-time, and were drawn to face Glentoran, although they have been replaced by Newry City after an ineligibility issue was highlighted.
|Ballymena United supporters can purchase tickets from Portadown FC's ticket portal. Adults cost £12, concessions cost £8, under 16's cost £5, and primary school children cost £1.|
|Referee: Keith Kennedy. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Stephen Donaldson. 4th Official: Jamie Robinson.|
|The match kicks off 3:00pm.|
|Positions in the league would suggest that United have the upper hand in this game, and they'll be eager to put in a good performance after the defeat to league champions and leaders Linfield. Portadown, however, will be dangerous as they're attempting to climb away from the relegation zone. 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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