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Cliftvonille Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 12th Apr, 2019 at 12:24

BALLYMENA United travel to Solitude on Saturday afternoon to face Cliftonville in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The sides last met in February at the Showgrounds, United running out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Cathair Friel and Leroy Millar.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-1 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 26th February 2019. Att: 1111
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
Since the meeting between the sides in February, Cliftonville have won 4 of their games, defeating Glenavon at Mourneview Park, Institute, Glentoran and Coleraine at home, and lost a single game to Crusaders at Seaview.

Last Saturday they beat Coleraine 4-2 at home, and the Reds currently sit 5th in the table, 6 behind Glenavon and 6 ahead of Coleraine.
Ballymena United:
In the same period United have defeated Coleraine away from home and Institute at the Showgrounds, losing the Tennent's Irish Cup quarter-final 3-0 at Seaview and home league games against Glentoran, Warrenpoint Town and, last Friday evening, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Linfield.

This sees the Sky Blues sitting 2nd in the league, 12 points behind leaders Linfield and 4 ahead of chasing Crusaders.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 2:00pm.

The Spirit Of '89 Supporters Club bus leaves The Smithfield Arms at 1:45pm - please contact 078 4916 2945 if you're interested in travelling with them.
PSNI Information:
The PSNI have asked us to convey this information regarding the match against Cliftonville on Saturday afternoon.
Match Officials:
Referee: Evan Boyce. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: George Argyropoulos. 4th Official: Shane Andrews.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
A win in this game is vital for the Sky Blues as they attempt to secure automatic qualification for European competition, while Cliftonville are attempting to finish as high up the table as possible to increase their own chances of qualifying for Europe. Make your way to North Belfast and be loud and proud of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin