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Saturday 22nd December v. Ards (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Cliftonville Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 16th Nov, 2018 at 12:50

BALLYMENA United host Cliftonville in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was in September at Solitude, Cliftonville running out 3-2 winners, both sides holding the lead during the game but a goal from Jay Donnelly securing the points for the North Belfast side.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Cliftonville 3-2 Ballymena United, Solitude, 22nd September 2018. Att: 1256
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
Cliftonville:
Since the last meeting of the sides, Cliftonville have won 5 league games and lost just 1, leaving them sitting 4th in the Danske Bank Premiership, a single point behind United.

They defeated Carrick Rangers 3-2 at home to set up a BetMcLean League Cup quarter-final against Dungannon Swifts, but lost out in the Toals Co Antrim Shield quarter-finals with an extra-time defeat at the hands of Crusaders.
Ballymena United:
A week after the Cliftonville defeat, the Sky Blues lost 2-1 away to Linfield, and have since remained unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions. United sit 3rd in the league table, 4 points behind Linfield with a game in hand.

In cup competitions, United have had wins over Harland & Wolff Welders and Ards in the BetMcLean League Cup, securing a place in the semi-finals, and in the Toals Co Antrim Shield wins over Harland & Wolff Welders and Ballyclare Comrades, setting up a semi-final tie at home against Linfield.
Match Officials:
Referee: Arnold Hunter. Assistant 1: David Anderson. Assistant 2: Andrew Nethery. 4th Official: Shane Andrews.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
This is a crucial game for both sides as only a point separates the sides in the league, and both teams want to extend their unbeaten runs. The Reds always provide stiff competition for United, both at home and away, and both sides have injury problems to contend with, so we'd love to see you at the Showgrounds being loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin