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Cliftonville Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United host Cliftonville on Tuesday evening in the first round of post-split league games.
The last time the sides met was in the replay of the game which was abandoned at half-time in January, the Sky Blues running out 2-1 winners at Solitude a fortnight ago on their way to securing a place in the top-six.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Cliftonville 1-2 Ballymena United, Solitude, 20th March 2018. Att: 1134
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:
This is the 5th meeting between the sides this season, the first two of which were a 1-0 each home win in the league, followed by the league game at Solitude which was abandoned at half-time with the score at 1-1. United knocked Cliftonville out of the BetMcLean League Cup at the semi-final stage with a 3-1 at the Showgrounds before the abandoned game was replayed in March, United winning 2-1 this time thanks to goals from Johnny McMurray and Johnny Flynn.

The Reds now sit 5th in the Danske Bank Premiership on 58 points with 18 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats.
Ballymena United:
After a poor run of form, including losing the Co Antrim Shield and BetMcLean League Cup Finals, and getting knocked out of the Tennent's Irish Cup at the quarter-final stage by Larne, the Sky Blues were left needing to win their last 3 pre-split games to make the top-six. They started at Solitude, with a 2-1 win over Cliftonville, followed by a huge game against then 6th placed Glentoran at the Oval, United winning 2-1 again, and finally, a home game against Ballinamallard United where Matthew Shevlin grabbed a brace, and the glory, securing what looked like an unlikely top half finish just a few weeks ago.

This resulted in a 6th place finish going into the split, United now sitting on 47 points with 14 wins, 5 draws, and 14 defeats.
Information for both sets of supporters:
Ballymena United supporters will enter through the Ecos end of the ground, although those on foot can enter via Farm Lodge. After the game, supporters wishing to leave via Farm Lodge will be subject to a short delay.

Cliftonville supporters will enter through the Warden Street entrance.
Linfield Match Tickets:
Tickets for this Saturday's game against Linfield at the National Stadium will be on sale during half-time from the Des Allen Suite. Click here for more information.
Match Officials:
Referee: Tim Marshall. Assistant 1: David Anderson. Assistant 2: Paul Robinson. 4th Official: Ken Gibbons.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
After finding their form in the last few days, the Braidmen will be hoping to keep it up. Cliftonville will be coming out to get revenge for the recent defeat at Solitude and are hot off a 4-1 Tennent's Irish Cup semi-final win over Loughgall. Make your way to the Showgrounds on Tuesday night and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin