|Crusaders Match Preview|
|Uploaded Sunday, 13th Nov, 2022 at 20:03|
|BALLYMENA United head to Seaview in Belfast on Monday night to face Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership.|
|The last time the sides met was also at Seaview in the Danske Bank Premiership, the Crues running out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Philip Lowry, Jarlath O'Rourke and Jordan Forsythe.|
|Latest results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):|
Crusaders 3-0 Ballymena United, Seaview, 23rd September 2022. Att: 1368
Ballymena United 1-1 (1-2 aet) Crusaders, National Stadium, 7th May 2022. (Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup Final)
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
Since the 3-0 win over United in September, Crusaders have won 4 league games, beating Glenavon and Portadown at home and Dungannon Swifts and Coleraine away. They've also drew 0-0 with Cliftonville and lost to both Carrick Rangers and Larne, all away from home.
The North Belfast men sit 4th in the Danske Bank Premiership, a single point behind rivals Cliftonville and 6 points behind leaders Larne.
The week after the defeat to Crusaders seen the Sky Blues get a much needed win over Portadown at home, followed by a 2-1 defeat of derby rivals Coleraine. In the following period United drew with Dungannon Swifts and beat Newry City, before losing narrowly to the same side a few days later.
United sit 10th in the table, 10 points ahead of Dungannon Swifts with 2 games in hand. Above us are Newry City with a 1 point advantage having played 2 extra games.
|Ballymena United fans can buy their tickets from the Crusaders ticket portal at https://crusadersfootballclub.com/tickets. Adults cost £12 and concessions £8.|
|Referee: Tony Clarke. Assistant 1: Ryan Kelsey. Assistant 2: Stephen Bell. 4th Official: Ben McMaster.|
United supporters will be housed in the Fonacab Stand, entering the ground via Community Gate A.
The match kicks off at 7:45pm.
|In November last season, Ballymena United beat Crusaders at Seaview in the league, second half goals from Jude Winchester and Paul McElroy grabbing a shock 3 points. Could the same happen again? Make your way to Seaview and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!|
|Match Preview by Paul Irwin|
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