|Newington Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 3rd Feb, 2023 at 18:19|
|BALLYMENA United host Newington in the 6th round of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup on Saturday afternoon.|
|The last game between the sides was in the 1st round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield in September, David McDaid and Kenneth Kane goals sandwiching a stunning equaliser from Tiarnan McNicholl to take a 2-1 victory at Solitude.|
|Latest results v Newington (all league unless stated):|
Newington 1-2 Ballymena United, Solitude, 6th September 2022. (Toals Co Antrim Shield Round 1)
Ballymena United 3-0 Newington, Ballymena Showgrounds, 27th August 2019. (BetMcLean League Cup Round 2)
Ballymena United 4-1 Newington, Ballymena Showgrounds, 30th August 2016. (BetMcLean League Cup Round 2)
Ballymena United 3-0 Newington, Ballymena Showgrounds, 25th August 2014. (BetMcLean League Cup Round 2)
|Newington sit 11th in the Lough 41 Championship with 24 points from 25 games in their first season after promotion. With 7 wins, 3 draws and 15 defeats, they are level on points with Dergview who have 2 games in hand, and 4 ahead of Knockbreda who have 1 game in hand.|
Ballymena United are 7th in the Danske Bank Premiership, with 9 wins, 3 draws and 12 defeats, and are 3 points ahead of Glenavon.
The Sky Blues needed extra-time and penalties to overcome Carrick Rangers in the fifth round tie at Loughshore Leisure Arena. Last season United made the final, where they were defeated 2-1 after extra-time by Crusaders.
|Admission of £10 for adults and £5 concessions/kids is payable at the gate, and entrance by car remains via Warden Street only.|
|Referee: Lee Tavinder. Assistant 1: Andrew Nethery. Assistant 2: George Argyropoulos. 4th Official: Diarmuid Harrigan.|
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.
|It's a timely break from league action for United, but they know that Newington can push them, and will be hoping for a good start to the game. Make your way to the Showgrounds and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!|
|Match Preview by Paul Irwin|
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