PREVIEW: COLERAINE -V- NEWRY CITY (LIVE ON BBC TWO NI)

The Danske Bank Premiership is back on BBC Two NI this evening when Coleraine welcome Newry City to The Showgrounds.

It is the third live television broadcast on BBC Two this season as part of the new deal for Friday night football, and the second in November following on from Ballymena United's defeat of Glenavon.

Coleraine go into the game on the back of last Saturday's loss away to Warrenpoint Town, the youthful North-West Cup midweek defeat to Limavady United notwithstanding, and haven't tasted success since beating Linfield earlier this month.

Newry, too, lost on their most recent outing when they went down at home to high-flying Ballymena United last Friday night, ending the game with ten-men following keeper Andy Coleman's dismissal midway through the second half.

Recent Meetings
Last time, at the end of September, Declan Carville headed Newry into the lead after 19 minutes. They held that advantage until just before the hour when Aaron Burns levelled for the Bannsiders after getting on the end of Ian Parkhill's defence splitting pass.

The game might have ended 1-1 but the woodwork was rattled on no fewer than three occasions - Stephen Lowry and Darren McCauley for the Bannsiders, and Darragh Noonan for Newry late on.

Current season form
It has been very much a transitional campaign thus far for Coleraine following Rodney McAree's arrival to replace Oran Kearney a few weeks into the season. Although comfortably holding down a top six spot, the Bannsiders haven't quite reached the heights of last season.

Newry are adapting to life in the top flight following last season's promotion but find themselves in the bottom two, primarily because of their form on the road which has so far saw Darren Mullen's men leave empty handed from all eight away outings to date.

Officials
The man in the middle tonight will be Tony Clarke, assisted by Mark O'Brien and Gavin Hegarty with Shane Andrews as fourth official.

Coverage
Match coverage starts on BBC Two Northern Ireland from 7.30pm. The match is also available from the BBC Sport Website, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport App.

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