|Carrick Rangers Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 28th Apr, 2023 at 08:57|
|BALLYMENA United host Carrick Rangers in their last league game of the season on Saturday.|
|The last game between the sides was in February at the Loughshore Leisure Arena, the home side winning 1-0 thanks to a first half goal from Nedas Macuilaitis.|
|Latest results v Carrick Rangers (all league unless stated):|
Carrick Rangers 1-0 Ballymena United, Loughshore Leisure Arena, 14th February 2023. Att: 320
Carrick Rangers 1-1 aet (0-3 pens) Ballymena United, Loughshore Leisure Arena, 7th January 2023. (Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup Round 5)
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
|Carrick will finish the season in 8th place no matter what the result on Saturday. They've won 3 league games and lost 8 in the period since the meeting in February.|
In the same period United have won 1 in the league, drawn 2 and lost 8, leaving them finishing 9th in the Danske Bank Premiership.
United will feature in the final of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup against Crusaders on Sunday 7th May, kicking off at 2:30pm.
|Tickets are not required for this game, and a cash gate will be available for both sets of fans. Adult admission will cost £12, concessions £8 and children under the age of 16 will be admitted free of charge.|
|Pre-Game and Awards Buffet:|
The Des Allen Suite will be open from 2:30pm with Rodney Beggs playing music from 3pm to 5pm.
The Awards buffet will take place from 8pm, with limited tickets available from the club shop for £10 per person.
|Referee: Mark Dillon. Assistant 1: Ken Ross. Assistant 2: John Doherty. 4th Official: Shane Andrews.|
|The match kicks off at 5:30pm.|
|Given that it's the last league game of the season, and both sides know exactly where they'll finish, there's little to play for except pride. United have an Irish Cup Final to look forward to next weekend, so will be keen to put on a decent performance while protecting their crucial players. 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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