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Cliftonville Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 19th Mar, 2018 at 12:08

BALLYMENA United travel to Solitude to face Cliftonville in the match that was abandoned earlier in the season due to the weather.
The original clash was tied at 1-1 when the decision was taken at half-time to abandon the game because of high winds posing danger to fans. Since then United faced Cliftonville at the Showgrounds in the semi-final of the BetMcLean League Cup, running out 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Leroy Millar, Tony Kane and Cathair Friel.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 3-1 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 10th February 2018. (BetMcLean League Cup Semi-Final)
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:
Since the game in February, Cliftonville have beaten Warrenpoint Town 3-1 at Milltown Playing Fields, Crusaders 3-1 at Solitude, Linfield 1-0 at the National Stadium in the Tennent's Irish Cup and Carrick Rangers 1-0 at Belfast Loughshore Arena. They've also lost 2-1 at home to Linfield and 1-0 to Glentoran at The Oval.

The Reds sit in 5th place in the league, 4 points behind Linfield with a game in hand and only 2 games until the league splits, and will be eager to take full advantage against a Ballymena side who have now lost 6 of their last 7 games.
Ballymena United:
Since beating Cliftonville in February, United have lost 3-1 to Dungannon Swifts in the final of the BetMcLean League Cup, lost 3-1 to Crusaders at Seaview, 1-0 to Ards at Bangor Fuels Arena, 2-0 to Coleraine and 3-1 to Warrenpoint Town at home, and were knocked out of the Tennent's Irish Cup with a 2-1 home defeat to Larne. Their single league win was against Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.

The Sky Blues are left in 7th place in the league, 7 points behind Glentoran, and need to win all their games to finish in the top six. United must make a huge improvement on their recent form to overcome Cliftonville, otherwise it looks like it'll be a battle until the end of the season to hold onto 7th and have an outside chance of European qualification.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 6:45pm.
PSNI Information:
The PSNI have asked us to convey this information regarding the match against Cliftonville on Tuesday night.
Match Officials:
Referee: Lee Tavinder. Assistant 1: Paul Robinson. Assistant 2: Andrew Nethery. 4th Official: Jamie Robinson.
Match Information:
Cliftonville have offered free admission to fans of both sides tonight, so you only need to turn up.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
It seems an age ago since the victory over Cliftonville at the Showgrounds, but it was a little over 5 weeks ago. Form has been poor recently and 3 points are vital if United want to finish in the top six. Make your way to Solitude on Tuesday night and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin