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BALLYMENA United and Cliftonville face each other at the National Football Stadium in the Final of this season's Toals Co Antrim Shield on Tuesday evening.
The last time the sides met was in the Danske Bank Premiership in November, Cliftonville running out 1-0 home winners thanks to a 51st minute Rory Donnelly strike into the bottom corner of the net past Ross Glendinning.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Cliftonville 1-0 Ballymena United, Solitude, 16th November 2019. Att: 1441
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
Cliftonville:
Currently sitting 5th in the league, just 3 points behind leaders Glentoran, Cliftonville have had a good season to date, despite only winning 1 out of their last 3 league games, beating Glenavon 1-0 at home before losing 2-1 at home to Linfield and 1-0 away to Carrick Rangers on Saturday. They've also won their Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup 5th round tie 6-0 at home to Hanover.

Road to the Final: -

In the first round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield this season, Cliftonville eased through with a 4-0 win over Knockbreda, followed by an away win over Linfield in the 2nd round which finished 2-2 after extra-time, the Reds winning 4-3 on penalties, and a 1-0 home win over Glentoran.
Ballymena United:
United dropped down to 9th place in the league table on Saturday afternoon with their 4th league defeat in a row, losing away to Coleraine and Glentoran, and at home to Larne and Glenavon. The only win in 2020 so far was the 2-0 home win over Crumlin Star in the 5th round of the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup.

Road to the Final: -

The first round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield saw United squeeze past Dundela at home thanks to a Declan Carville header deep into injury time in the second half. It didn't get any easier in the second round, a home tie against Crusaders ending in a 1-1 draw after extra-time, converted penalties from Ryan Harpur, Leroy Millar and Ryan Mayse enough to win the tie. The semi-final saw United host Harland & Wolff Welders, an Adam Lecky hat-trick and a solitary goal from Shane McGinty booking a place in the final against Cliftonville.
Tickets:
This game has been designated an all-ticket affair - please check our Twitter and Facebook feeds for news on tickets.
Away Fans Transport:
Translink have announced they'll be running a special Sky Blue Express service to and from Adelaide Station on the evening of the game. Please click here for further details.

Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street Car Park at 6:30pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Raymond Crangle.
Match Information:
Admission to this game is strictly by ticket only (see above). Season Tickets and Youth Academy Passes etc. aren't valid for this game.

Kick off is 7:45pm.

If the score is level after 90 minutes, two 15-minute periods of extra-time will be played. If the score is level after extra-time, the tie will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
They say when it comes to cup matches, especially finals, form goes out the window - let's hope that's the case as United try to win the Toals Co Antrim Shield for the first time since the 2015/16 season when they lifted the trophy at the National Football Stadium with a 3-2 victory over hosts Linfield. Make your way to the same venue and make sure you're as loud and colourful as usual in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin

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