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Cliftonville Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 15th Jan, 2018 at 16:06

BALLYMENA United host Cliftonville in the semi-final of the BetMcLean League Cup on Tuesday evening.
United travelled to Solitude for a league game on the 2nd of January and were drawing 1-1 at half time when the decision was taken by referee Evan Boyce to abandon the game due to high winds caused by Storm Eleanor.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Cliftonville 1-1 Ballymena United, Solitude, 2nd January 2018. (Abandoned at half-time)
Cliftonville 1-0 Ballymena United, Solitude, 25th November 2017. Att: 1304
Ballymena United 1-0 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 2nd September 2017. Att: 1241
Ballymena United 4-1 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 18th April 2017. Att: 874
Cliftonville 2-1 Ballymena United, Solitude, 25th March 2017. Att: 1211
Ballymena United 1-1 Cliftonville (1-1 aet) (4-3 pens), Ballymena Showgrounds, 7th January 2017. Tennent's Irish Cup Round 5
Cliftonville 2-0 Ballymena United, Solitude, 26th November 2016. Att: 1062
Ballymena United 3-2 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 10th September 2016. Att: 1019
Cliftonville:
In the months of December and January Cliftonville had 3 wins, 1 away from home and 2 at home, including their extra-time win over Warrenpoint Town in the Tennent's Irish Cup. They've drawn 2 home games and lost 2 on the road. This leaves them sitting in 5th place in the table, 8 points ahead of United.

They reached the semi-final of the BetMcLean League Cup with a 4-0 win over Banbridge Town at home in the 2nd round, a 7-0 thrashing of PSNI at home in the 3rd round and a 1-0 away win over Carrick rangers in the quarter final.
Ballymena United:
In the same period United have won 5 games at home, including a 4-0 win over Moyola Park in the Tennent's Irish Cup, drawn their Boxing Day derby at Coleraine and lost at Crusaders, leaving them in 6th spot in the league.

The road to the semi-final of the BetMcLean League Cup has included a 3-0 win over Knockbreda in the 2nd round, a 2-0 win over Portadown in the 3rd round and a 3-2 extra-time win over Ards in the quarter-final, all at home.
Entrance/Exit Information:
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Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
United have won 9 home games on the trot and remain unbeaten at home in 13 games in all competitions. Two clean sheets in their last 2 games will have boosted confidence and sets them up nicely for this tough encounter with a side who had won the League Cup 4 times on the trot until Ballymena United lifted it last season with a 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers in the final. Make your way to the Showgrounds and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team as they try to reach another final and a chance to retain the trophy - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin