|Larne Match Preview|
|Uploaded Thursday, 30th Mar, 2023 at 10:25|
|BALLYMENA United and Larne travel to Seaview on Friday evening to play their Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup semi-final.|
|It'll be played exactly two weeks after the previous encounter between the sides, which Larne won 1-0 thanks to a first half Andrew Ryan goal.|
|Latest results v Larne (all league unless stated):|
Larne 1-0 Ballymena United, Inver Park, 17th March 2023. Att: 2033
Ballymena United 0-3 Larne, Ballymena Showgrounds, 21st February 2023. Att: 1156
Larne 1-0 Ballymena United, Inver Park, 11th October 2022. (Toals Co Antrim Shield Quarter-Final)
Larne 3-0 Ballymena United, Inver Park, 26th August 2022. Att: 1905
Larne 1-3 Ballymena United, Inver Park, 25th March 2022. Att: 2197
Ballymena United 3-3 Larne (4-3 after penalties), Ballymena Showgrounds, 5th March 2022. (Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup Quarter-Final)
Ballymena United 2-1 Larne, Ballymena Showgrounds, 10th December 2021. Att: 1106
Ballymena United 0-3 Larne, Ballymena Showgrounds, 30th October 2021. Att: 1208
Ballymena United 0-4 Larne, Ballymena Showgrounds, 19th October 2021. (Toals Co Antrim Shield Quarter-Final)
Since the game a fortnight ago, Larne have played a single league game, drawing 0-0 with Coleraine away from home.
They've reached this stage of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup with a 3-0 home win against Crumlin United, a 4-3 win at home against Linfield on penalties after the game had ended 1-1, and a tightly contested 1-0 win away to Harland & Wolff Welders.
Larne have been defeated finalists in the Irish Cup 6 times since 1928, but have yet to win the trophy.
While Larne played last weekend, United were due to host Glenavon, but the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and will now be played on Monday 3rd April.
The Sky Blues journey to the semi-final of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup has came thanks to a 4-3 win on penalties away to Carrick Rangers, a 4-1 win at home to Newington, and a 3-1 extra-time away to Ballyclare Comrades.
Ballymena United have won the Irish Cup 6 times, the last time the trophy was brought home to Ballymena was in 1989, when a 1-0 victory over Larne courtest of a late Paul Hardy goal. They've also been defeated finalists 10 times, most recently last season when they let Crusaders going into the last minutes of the game before Joshua Robinson levelled to take the game to extra-time, Jonathan McMurray scoring at the very end of additional period to help the Crues lift the cup.
Tickets will cost £12 (adult) and £8 (concession) and United fans will be housed in the North Stand (main home stand) and the Rite Price Stand (railway end). Seats are non allocated, however you will be allocated a specific block and be expected to sit on a seat within that block.
Please be aware there is a limited number of concession tickets and when sold out, no more concessions will be available.
Ticket sales are being conducted by the IFA via Ticketmaster. Ballymena United are not selling the tickets and have no facility to sell tickets at the Club. Please also note that this is a strictly all ticket game.
However, if you require an accessibility ticket, please do not purchase via the link. Please contact the Club via email@example.com and these can be arranged directly with the IFA.
Very limited tickets are left for the North Stand (main home stand).
|Ballymena United fans in the North (Main) Stand should enter via Gate A and those in the Riteprice (Railway) Stand should enter via Gate D.|
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|Referee: Jamie Robinson. Assistant 1: Adam Jeffrey. Assistant 2: John Doherty. 4th Official: Lee Tavinder.|
The match kicks off at 7:45pm.
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.
|While Ballymena United have been average at best in the league this season, they appear to have kept their best performances for cup games, but they'll be without goalkeeper Jordan Williamson who has been suspended for the next 3 games after seeing red in their last game against Larne. Table toppers Larne will be eager to make another final in their quest to do the double by lifting the league and Irish Cup trophies. 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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