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Saturday 26th January v. Ards (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Uploaded Tuesday, 2nd Jan, 2018 at 22:08

Date: Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018; Competition: Danske Bank Premiership; Attendance: N/A;
Cliftonville [1] [1]
Ballymena United [1] [1]
Venue: Solitude; Kick-Off: 19:45;
Referee: Evan Boyce; Assistant 1: Stephen Bell; Assistant 2: Neil Gillespie; 4th Official: Shane Andrews;
[1-0] WINCHESTER, Jude (11 mins), [1-1] OWENS, Kyle (18 mins)

BALLYMENA United and Cliftonville were drawing 1-1 at half-time on Tuesday night when the decision was taken to abandon the game.
The first chance of the game fell to Cathair Friel when he was found by Kevin Braniff, but his shot from distance went straight at Brian Neeson. The home side's first effort came via the head of Rory Donnelly. The striker met Ross Lavery's corner near post but glanced his header wide.
Cliftonville controlled play without really creating good chances. However, on 11 minutes The Reds led. The ball made its way to Tomás Cosgrove on the right of the box and his low ball across goal found Jude Winchester at the back post, his shot touching Kofi Balmer on the way in.
7 minutes later United levelled the scores. A deep cross from Conor McCloskey found Friel and his deflected header fell to Kyle Owens whose deflected shot flew past Neeson.
There was a worrying sight for United when Friel pulled up with no one around him and had to be helped off the pitch as he was replaced by Joe McKinney. Manager David Jeffrey has confirmed that Friel is likely to have a lengthy spell out.
With the wind gaining strength and unpredictability, Tony Kane tried his luck with a free kick from at least 40 yards, and his effort was heading for the top corner until Neeson saved well.
With goal kicks becoming awkward, Kane needing 7 attempts to hit a corner due to the wind and the floodlights looking rather unstable, referee Evan Boyce made the sensible decision to abandon the game during the break.
The only winner tonight was Storm Eleanor which brought incredibly strong winds and heavy rain and we hope all supporters and officials had a safe journey home.
As soon as a decision has been taken with regards to the game being rescheduled we will let you know.
Ballymena United get their Tennent's Irish Cup campaign started on Saturday with a fifth round tie at home to Moyola Park.
Match Report by Author Name
Ballymena United Team:
Ross Glendinning, Tony Kane, Kyle Owens, Stephen McAlorum, Cathair Friel ( Joe McKinney 27), Kevin Braniff, Conor McCloskey, Matthew Shevlin, Kofi Balmer, Jim Ervin, Steven McCullough.

Subs not used: Conor Brennan, Fra McCaffrey, Caolan Loughran, Jake McNeill.