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Cliftonville Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 21st Sep, 2018 at 11:58

BALLYMENA United travel to Solitude on Saturday afternoon to face Cliftonville in the Danske Bank Premiership, after a three week break from action.
The sides last met in a Europa League Play-Off semi-final at the end of last season, the Reds running out 4-0 winners and ending the Sky Blues hopes of European qualification.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Cliftonville 4-0 Ballymena United, Solitude, 9th May 2018. (Europa League Play-Off Semi-Final)
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
After losing 3-1 on aggregate in the 1st qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, Cliftonville have went on to win 2, draw 2 and lose 3 of their league games, leaving them in 7th place in the Danske Bank Premiership with 8 points.

They overcame Lisburn Distillery 5-1 and 5-0 at Solitude to secure berths in the third round of the BetMcLean League Cup and second round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield.
Ballymena United:
United have had an excellent start to their league campaign, losing a single league game 4-0 at Mourneview Park, drawing with league champions Crusaders at Seaview, and defeating Dungannon Swifts 2-0 at Stangmore Park, Ards 2-1 at Bangor Fuels Arena and Warrenpoint Town 6-1 in their last game which will have been 3 weeks ago on Saturday, leaving the Braidmen sitting 5th in the league on 10 points with 2 games in hand over leaders Linfield who have 17 points.

They secured a berth in the third round of the BetMcLean League Cup, where they will face Harland & Wolff Welders, thanks to a 5-1 win over Dollingstown at Dixon Park, and are facing the Welders in the first round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield, the date for that game to be arranged after the scheduled tie was postponed due to storm Ali.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 2:00pm.
PSNI Information:
The PSNI have asked us to convey this information regarding the match against Cliftonville on Saturday afternoon.
Match Officials:
Referee: Jamie Robinson. Assistant 1: Andrew Nethery. Assistant 2: Ryan Kelsey. 4th Official: Chris Morrison.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
It's been a long break for the Sky Blues with no competitive football for 3 weeks, but the management team have had them training hard over the past few weeks. While Cliftonville did defeat United in the Braidmen's last game of the season at Solitude in May, Johnny McMurray and Johnny Flynn game Ballymena a 2-1 in the previous meeting at the North Belfast venue in April. It's all up for grabs on Saturday afternoon so make your way to Solitude and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin