Saturday 13th August v. Glenavon (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Danske Bank Premiership fixtures announced
Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup Final Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 6th May, 2022 at 10:19

BALLYMENA United travel to the National Stadium on Saturday afternoon to face Crusaders in this seasons Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup final.
Of the four times the sides have faced each other this season, Crusaders have won at home and away from home in the league, while Ballymena United secured one league win at home, and defeated Crusaders 3-2 after extra-time in the third round of the BetMcLean League Cup at Seaview.
Latest results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 15th March 2022. Att: 802
Ballymena United 2-0 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 27th November 2021. Att: 1055
Crusaders 1-1 (2-3 aet) Ballymena United, Seaview, 13th October 2021. (BetMcLean League Cup Round 3)
Ballymena United 0-1 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 9th October 2021. Att: 1282
Ballymena United 0-1 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 2nd April 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 20th February 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 1-4 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 7th November 2020. Att: 600
With 21 wins, 5 draws and 12 defeats, Crusaders have managed to secure 4th place in the Danske Bank Premiership, meaning should they fail to win the cup, they can fall back on the European play-offs.

How they reached the final...

  • Round 1 - Glenavon 0-4 Crusaders
  • Round 2 - Ballinamallard United 0-1 Crusaders
  • Quarter-Final - Crusaders 4-2 Dungannon Swifts
  • Semi-Final - Cliftonville 1-2 Crusaders
  • Ballymena United:
    With 16 wins, 5 draws and 17 defeats, Ballymena United missed out on a spot in the European play-offs by a single point, and rely solely on winning the cup which comes with an automatic place in European competition.

    How they reached the final...

  • Round 1 - Ballymena United 2-0 Loughgall
  • Round 2 - Ballymena United 3-0 Portstewart
  • Quarter-Final - Ballymena United 3-3 (AET) Larne (4-3 after penalties)
  • Semi-Final - Newry City 0-1 Ballymena United
  • Tickets:
    Ballymena United supporters wishing to attend the game will need to purchase tickets. For more details please click here.

    Supporters are advised to arrive with plenty of time and have their match tickets ready to be scanned at the entrance. There will be plenty of entertainment before the match to help build up the atmosphere, so the earlier the better.
    Pre-match display:
    When you get to your seat, you'll find a card on your seat. This is for use during a pre-match display when the teams come out. We'd really appreciate it if all fans join in to show your support for the Sky Blues.
    Sky Blue Express:
    Translink are running a return Sky Blue Express train service from Ballymena station, leaving at 10:35am and returning at 17:37 (or later if the game goes to extra-time. Tickets are available to buy directly from Translink.
    Match Officials:
    Referee: Tony Clarke. Assistant 1: Georgios Argyropoulos. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Lee Tavinder.
    Extra Official 1: John Doherty.
    Match Information:
    The match kicks off at 2:30pm. Should the scores be level after the regulation 90 minutes, the match will proceed to extra-time of 15 minutes per half, and if the scores are still level after extra-time, the tie will be decided in a penalty shootout.
    The final is back to it's traditional first Saturday in May slot, and promises to bring much excitement to both teams and supports. While Crusaders won the Irish Cup in 2019, beating Ballinamallard United 3-0 in the final, Ballymena United were runners-up to Glenavon in the 2014 final and to Glentoran the 2020 final, the last victory in the final was in 1989, the famous Paul Hardy back-heel securing a 1-0 win over Larne. Who will lift the trophy on Saturday afternoon? Make your way to the National Stadium and, as always, be loud and proud in support of YOUR team as they attempt to win the first Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup!
    Match Preview by Paul Irwin

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