Saturday 30th September v. Dungannon Swifts (away) - Sports Direct Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

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Ards Match Preview
Uploaded Tuesday, 13th Sep, 2022 at 15:52

BALLYMENA United travel to Clandeboye Park, Bangor to face Ards in the opening round of the BetMcLean League Cup on Wednesday evening.
The sides last met in January 2019, a Danske Bank Premiership game at Ballymena Showgrounds, with goals from Cathair Friel, Adam Lecky (2) and Michael Kerr (og) securing the 3 points for United.
Latest results v Ards (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 4-1 Ards, Ballymena Showgrounds, 26th January 2019. Att: 880
Ballymena United 2-0 Ards, Ballymena Showgrounds, 22nd December 2018. Att: 1,007
Ards 0-1 Ballymena United, Clandeboye Park, 13th November 2018. (BetMcLean League Cup QF)
Ards 1-2 Ballymena United, Clandeboye Park, 18th August 2018. Att: 602
Ards have won 2 games and lost 3 in this seasons Lough 41 Championship, and sit 7th in the table, level with Knockbreda on points and a single point ahead of Newington.

They defeated Queens University 4-2 at home last week in the first round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield.
Ballymena United:
Ballymena United have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3 games in the Danske Bank Premiership and sit 9th in the table, a point behind Glenavon and a point ahead of Newry City.

The Sky Blues also won their first round Toals Co Antrim Shield tie away to Newington, goals from David McDaid and Kenneth Kane enough to secure a place in the draw for the second round.
Admission of £8 for adults and £5 concession is payable at the home turnstiles.
Match Officials:
Referee: Shane McGonigle. Assistant 1: George Argyropoulos. Assistant 2: Brian Wilson.
Match Information:
The match will be preceded with a minute of silence on memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The match kicks off at 8:00pm.

If at the end of normal playing time the scores are equal then two periods of fifteen minutes each way will be played. If there are no goals scored during extra time the tie shall be decided by kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the conditions set out in the laws of the game.
It's been a few seasons since Ards were in the top flight, but they've recently announced plans for a new ground in Newtownards, although in the meantime they continue to make use of Clandeboye Park. Both sides will be looking forward to this meeting and will hold hopes of a win and a place in the second round, so expect a tough encounter. Make your way to Bangor and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin

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