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Cliftonville Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United travel to Solitude to face Cliftonville in the semi-finals of the Europa League play-offs on Wednesday night.
The last time the sides met was in their first post split game at the Showgrounds, Cliftonville running out 3-0 winners with an early goal from Joe Gormley, and late first and second half goals from Rory Donnelly.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 0-3 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 3rd April 2018. Att: 878
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 finished the league in 5th place, 17 points ahead of United, and reached the final of the Tennent's Irish Cup which they lost 3-1 last weekend to Coleraine.

They reached the end of season Europa League play-offs last year, going down 3-5 at home to Glenavon in their semi-final at Solitude.
Ballymena United:
United made it into the top six by winning their last three pre-split games and faced Crusaders the Showgrounds in the final league game of the season, taking the lead through Cathair Friel but losing out 2-1 to the now League Champions.

Last season the Sky Blues qualified for the Europa League through the play-offs, beating Dungannon Swifts 5-2 in the semi-final and Glenavon 2-1 in the final.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 6:45pm.

There are also a very limited number of spaces available on the Spirit Of '89 bus, leaving from The Smithfield Arms at 6:30pm, free of charge. If you wish to reserve your space please contact Davy McCaig on 078 4916 2945.
PSNI Information:
The PSNI have asked us to convey this information regarding the match against Cliftonville on Wednesday night.
Match Officials:
Referee: Raymond Crangle. Assistant 1: Richard Storey. Assistant 2: Andrew Neeson. 4th Official: Steven Gregg.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
After an excellent performance against Crusaders in the last league, Ballymena United will go into this match with high hopes. Can the Braidmen take a step towards qualifying for European competition for the second season in a row? Make your way to Solitude on Wednesday evening and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin