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Saturday 11th February v. Portadown (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

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Cliftonville Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 2nd Dec, 2022 at 10:35

BALLYMENA United host Cliftonville in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last meeting between the sides was in August, the Reds running out 2-1 winners with goals from Ryan Curran and Luke Turner, Jack Henderson grabbing a consolation goal in between the two.
Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 1-2 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 23rd August 2022. Att: 1670
Ballymena United 2-0 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 6th August 2022. (Tony Kane Testimonial)
Ballymena United 2-2 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 28th January 2022. Att: 1436
Cliftonville 3-0 Ballymena United, Solitude, 14th December 2021. (BetMcLean League Cup Semi-Final)
Cliftonville 1-0 Ballymena United, Solitude, 4th December 2021. Att: 1406
Ballymena United 1-0 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 23rd October 2021. Att: 1246
Cliftonville:
Since the meeting in August, Cliftonville have went on to win 9 league games, draw 3 and lost a single game away to Larne. Ahead of the game between Glenavon and Larne on Friday evening, they sit 2nd in the league with a game in hand on top placed Larne and are 2 points behind.
Ballymena United:
In the same period United have won 5 league games, drawn 1 and lost 7, most recently beating Carrick Rangers 2-0 away from home thanks to goals from Douglas Wilson and Sean Graham.

This leaves the Sky Blues 9th in the league, level with Glenavon on points but with a game in hand. They are 5 ahead of 10th placed Newry City but also have a game in hand over the Co Down side.
Tickets:
Tickets for Ballymena United supporters are available at Tickets - Home Fans.

Tickets for Cliftonville supporters are available at Tickets - Home Fans.
Entrance/Exit arrangements for Ballymena United fans:
Ballymena United spectators will only be able to gain entry from the ECOS side of the stadium, in other words all spectators travelling to this match by car should drive to the roundabout on the Broughshane Road and take the turn off signposted to ECOS and follow Kernoghan's Lane into the car park at the rear of the Showgrounds.

Any home spectators walking to the stadium should walk down Suffolk Street onto Farm Lodge Avenue and make their way to Gate E, then around the new 2G pitch and along the rear of the Main Stand to the turnstiles at Gate P.

Slemish Drive turnstiles will NOT be open for this match and Slemish Drive car park will not be available for use by Ballymena United Supporters.

Supporters are also advised that at the end of the match Ballymena United spectators will be required to leave via gate P and on towards ECOS centre/Kernoghans Lane then Broughshane Road.

There will be no egress towards Slemish Drive or Warden Street egress to Suffolk Street may be subject to a short delay.
Your understanding and assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated by the club.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ian McNabb. Assistant 1: Ken Ross. Assistant 2: David Burns. 4th Official: Tim Marshall.
Match Information:
The match kicks off at 3:00pm.
Despite the points difference of 16 and Cliftonville's form, the Braidmen will know they can take the game to the Belfast side, having recently beaten Crusaders on their own patch. Can the Sky Blues grab another vital 3 points on Saturday afternoon? Make your way to the Showgrounds and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin