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Cliftonville Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 15th Nov, 2019 at 10:49

BALLYMENA United travel to Solitude to face second placed Cliftonville in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was in September when United ran out 2-1 winners thanks to a Conor McDermott own goal. That was Cliftonville's last defeat in the league this season, and United's last win in the league.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-1 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 28th September 2019. Att: 1547
Cliftonville 1-1 Ballymena United, Solitude, 12th April 2019. Att: 1117
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
Since the defeat to the Sky Blues in September, Cliftonville have went on a superb run in the league, notching up 6 wins on the trot to move up to 2nd place, a single point behind leaders Coleraine and 5 ahead of 3rd placed Crusaders.

The Reds were knocked out of the BetMcLean League Cup, losing 1-0 away to Linfield at the quarter-final stage, but were able to overcome the Blues in the Toals Co Antrim Shield, winning 4-3 on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after extra-time, and go on to host Glentoran on Wednesday evening in the semi-final.
Ballymena United:
As mentioned, the win against Cliftonville in September was United's last win in the league, and since then the Sky Blues have dropped down to 7th place, 4 points behind 6th placed Larne.

Like Cliftonville, United were dumped out of the BetMcLean League Cup at the quarter-final stage, losing 2-1 at home to Crusaders after extra-time. The Braidmen had already knocked Crusaders out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield 3-2 on penalties after drawing 1-1 after extra-time, and host Harland & Wolff Welders on Wednesday evening in the semi-finals.
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: Lee Tavinder. Assistant 1: Gareth Eakin. Assistant 2: Adrian Sobieski. 4th Official: Gareth Stewart.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
On form, Cliftonville should win this game at a canter, but United manager David Jeffrey will have his side fired up in an attempt to turn around the recent run of poor results and beat the Reds for the second time this season. Make your way to Solitude and be loud and proud of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin