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Cliftonville Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 25th Feb, 2019 at 15:56

BALLYMENA United host Cliftonville at the Ballymena Showgrounds in the Danske Bank Premiership on Tuesday evening.
If it seems like an age since we played the reds, that's because the last game between the sides was at the Showgrounds in November. Goals from Cathair Friel and Steven McCullough put United in the lead, while Conor McDonald scored a late consolation goal for Cliftonville.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-1 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 17th November 2018. Att: 1509
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:
After the North Belfast side parted company with previous manager Barry Gray, Paddy McLaughlin was appointed to the role in February. Since taking charge Cliftonville have defeated Newry City 1-0 at home and Warrenpoint Town 2-0 away.

This leaves Cliftonville sitting sixth in the Danske Bank Premiership on 45 points, 3 points behind Coleraine with 2 games in hand.
Ballymena United:
After an excellent run of 25 games with just 3 draws and 2 defeats, United have lost 1-0 twice in a row to Linfield at the National Stadium, first in the BetMcLean League Cup Final and the league.

Tuesday night will give the Sky Blues the chance to respond to the disappointment of narrowly losing both games with two good performances, a win taking them back to within 6 points of Linfield with 9 games to play.
Match Officials:
Referee: Tony Clarke. Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson. Assistant 2: Kristian Hanna. 4th Official: Declan Hassan.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
This will be McLaughlin's toughest game since taking charge of Cliftonville, who will be looking to make a statement in this game. Can United bounce back after two defeats in a row to make a statement of their own? 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