|Ballyclare Comrades Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 3rd Mar, 2023 at 08:26|
|BALLYMENA United travel to Dixon Park on Saturday afternoon to take on Ballyclare Comrades in the quarter-final of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup.|
|United have already faced Ballyclare at Dixon Park last July in a pre-season friendly, goals from Spencer Beattie and Nathan Clarke securing a win after a Darius Roohi had put the home side ahead after just 2 minutes.|
|Latest results v Ballyclare Comrades:|
Ballyclare Comrades 1-2 Ballymena United, Dixon Park, 26th July 2022. (Pre-Season Friendly)
The last competitive meeting between the sides was in October 2018 when United won 3-0 in the quarter-finals of the Toals Co Antrim Shield, goals coming from Ryan Mayse, Leroy Millar (pen) and Cathair Friel.
With 29 games played in the Lough 41 Championship, Ballyclare sit 6th in the league with 10 wins, 9 draws and 10 defeats, leaving them level with Harland & Wolff Welders on goal difference and 2 points ahead of Ards.
The Comrades have reached this stage of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup with a 1-0 win at home to Dollingstown and a 1-0 away win over Institute.
United have also played 29 games in the Danske Bank Premiership and sit in 7th place with 9 wins, 5 draws and 15 defeats, leaving them a point ahead of Carrick Rangers who have a game in hand, and 3 ahead of Glenavon who have played the same number of games.
The Sky Blues have reached this stage of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup with a win on penalties over Carrick Rangers and a 4-1 home win over Newington, goals coming from Douglas Wilson, a Ross Redman penalty and a brace from Ryan Waide.
|Admission for all fans is payable at the gate, with adults paying £12, concessions paying £8 and Ballymena United Youth Academy players paying £3 on production of their pass.|
|Referee: Tim Marshall. Assistant 1: John Doherty. Assistant 2: Brian Wilson. 4th Official: Steven Gregg.|
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'll be a tough task to beat Ballyclare on their own patch, but an excellent reward in the shape of an Irish Cup semi-final should provide much needed inspiration. Make your way to Dixon Park and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!|
|Match Preview by Paul Irwin|
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