|Carrick Rangers Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 6th Jan, 2023 at 12:50|
|BALLYMENA United travel to Loughshore Leisure Arena on Saturday afternoon to face Carrick Rangers in the fifth round of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup.|
|The last game between the sides, in the Danske Bank Premiership in November, ended in a 2-0 win for United, goals from Douglas Wilson and Sean Graham enough to bring home the points.|
|Latest results v Carrick Rangers (all league unless stated):|
Carrick Rangers 0-2 Ballymena United, Loughshore Leisure Arena, 26th November 2022. Att: 432
Ballymena United 0-1 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 17th September 2022. Att: 966
Ballymena United 3-0 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 23rd April 2022. Att: 1098
Carrick Rangers 3-0 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 25th January 2022. Att: 441
Ballymena United 0-1 Carrick Rangers, Ballymena Showgrounds, 20th November 2021. Att: 884
Carrick Rangers 2-1 Ballymena United, Belfast Loughshore Arena, 2nd October 2021. Att: 483
Since the game in November, Carrick Rangers have lost 3-1 away to Linfield, 4-1 away to Dungannon Swifts, drew 1-1 with Larne at Inver Park and lost 3-0 away to Crusaders.
This leaves the Amber Army in 9th in the league table with 23 points from 21 games, 3 points behind Glenavon who have played 19 and 5 ahead of Newry City who have 20 games under their belts.
The Sky Blues have played just 4 league games in the same period, beating Cliftonville 4-1 at Solitude, losing to Portadown and Coleraine away from home and, on Monday, beat Glentoran 2-0 at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
United are now in 7th place with 26 points from 20 games, 9 points behind Glentoran who have an extra game to play, and 3 points ahead of Glenavon who also have a game in hand.
|Tickets for Ballymena United supporters are available at Match Tickets. Cash will also be accepted at the gate.|
|Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Bogdan Sfirloaga. Assistant 2: David Burns. 4th Official: Michael McKenna.|
The match kicks off at 3:00pm.
If the score is level after 90 minutes, the game will go to extra-time with 2 periods of 15 minutes. If the score remains level after extra-time, the game will proceed to a penalty shoot out.
|Can you feel cup fever yet? Make your way to Loughshore Leisure Arena in Carrick and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!|
|Match Preview by Paul Irwin|
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