|Crusaders Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 24th Feb, 2023 at 16:49|
|Ballymena United are back in action when they host Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.|
|The last meeting between the sides was in November, a stunning late strike from Kym Nelson in the 80th minute enough to give United the points at Seaview.|
|Latest results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):|
Crusaders 0-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 14th November 2022. Att: 1041
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 meeting of the sides in November, Crusaders have went on to win 8 league games, draw 3 and lose 3, their most recent fixture a 2-0 victory over Coleraine at Seaview last Saturday afternoon. This helped them leap over Coleraine in the league table to 4th place with 56 points, 2 points behind 3rd placed Linfield and 3 points behind 2nd placed Cliftonville.
They've also secured a home tie against Glentoran in the quarter-finals of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup with wins over Dergview and Bangor in the last two rounds.
The Sky Blues have won 4 of their league games since beating the Crues in November, drawing twice and losing 8. Their most recent game seen them lose 3-0 at home to Larne, extending their winless streak in the league to 7 games with a single goal in those games. United remain 7th in the Danske Bank Premiership sit on 31 points, level with 8th placed Carrick Rangers who have a game in hand.
A quarter-final tie away to Ballyclare Comrades awaits after wins over Carrick Rangers and Newington in the 5th and 6th rounds.
Tickets cost £12 for adults and £8 concessions. Children under the age of 12 cost £1.
Ballymena United supporters can click this link and you'll be directed to the tickets page.
Crusaders supporters can click this link and you'll be directed to the tickets page.
Entrance for all fans remains via Warden Street only, due to ongoing works at the Ecos entrance of the ground.
All Crusaders supporters buses and cars must park in The Northern Regional College car park at Granville Drive and walk to the turnstiles. No Crusaders buses will be allowed to park at the ground, and buses will not be allowed to offload or collect at the ground afterwards.
|Referee: Steven Gregg. Assistant 1: Kristian Hanna. Assistant 2: Shane Geary. 4th Official: Keith Kennedy.|
|The match kicks off at 3:00pm.|
|Can the Braidmen find the magic touch against a side they've already beaten away from home this season? 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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