|Cliftonville Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 22nd Oct, 2021 at 15:02|
|BALLYMENA United take on league leaders Cliftonville at the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon.|
|The last the sides met was also at the Showgrounds, the game ending in a 1-1 draw after Ryan Curran scored from the spot on 76 minutes and Seamus McCartan who grabbed a superb equaliser with just 5 minutes left in the game.|
|Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):|
Ballymena United 1-1 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 2nd March 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Cliftonville 2-1 Ballymena United, Solitude, 23rd February 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Cliftonville 0-4 Ballymena United, Solitude, 24th November 2020. Att: 346
Cliftonville sit proudly atop the Danske Bank Premiership with 8 wins and 2 draws in the league. Along the way wins have came against Carrick Rangers, Coleraine, Glentoran, Dungannon Swifts, Warrenpoint Town, Larne and draws against Crusaders and Linfield.
The Toals Co Antrim Shield brought ties against Knockbreda, who they swept past 9-0 and Bangor, who were 2-0 ahead after an hour only for the North Belfast side to reply with 4 of their own to secure a place in the semi-finals.
They've had a single tie in the BetMcLean League Cup, beating Harland & Wolff Welders 2-0 and setting up a 3rd round tie away to Ards.
Ballymena are 9th in the Danske Bank Premiership with just 2 league wins, a single league draw and 5 defeats. Our latest league outing was last weekend against Portadown with the Sky Blues beating Portadown 1-0 at Shamrock Park. Glenavon sit 3 points ahead of us in 8th place, but with one less game to play.
United were knocked out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield at the quarter-final stage midweek with a heavy defeat to Larne at the Showgrounds.
The draw for the quarter-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup has thrown up either Linfield or PSNI, which is due to be played early in November, the Braidmen securing their place with a 3-2 win after extra-time over Crusaders at Seaview.
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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.|
|Referee: Ian McNabb. Assistant 1: Gareth Eakin. Assistant 2: Jamie Carnduff. 4th Official: Declan Hassan.|
|The match kicks off at 3:00pm.|
|The Reds come to the Showgrounds unbeaten in the league, having dropped only 4 points all season, and sit on 20 points with current champions Linfield 2 behind. The Sky Blues will be looking to bounce back from their midweek defeat at the hands of Larne in the Toals Co Antrim Shield. 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|
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