|Cliftonville Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 27th Jan, 2023 at 10:33|
|BALLYMENA United travel to Solitude to face Cliftonville in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.|
|The last meeting between the sides was at the Showgrounds, Ballymena United running out 4-1 winners with goals from David McDaid (2), Kym Nelson, and Joshua Kelly sealing the 3 points.|
|Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):|
Ballymena United 4-1 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 3rd December 2022. Att: 1574
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
Since the game in December, Cliftonville have registered league wins against Portadown, Glentoran, Larne, Linfield and Glenavon. They lost a single game to North Belfast derby rivals Crusaders, and drew against Carrick Rangers and Coleraine. They now top the league, a single point ahead of Larne who have a game in hand.
They also beat Dundela 5-0 away from home in the 5th round of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup, setting up a 6th round tie at home to Coleraine next weekend.
United have won against Glentoran and Dungannon Swifts, lost to Portadown, Coleraine and Linfield, and drawn with Newry City since defeating Cliftonville. The Sky Blues sit in 7th place, 11 points behind Glentoran who have a game in hand, and 4 points ahead of Glenavon who have played the same amount of games.
A win on penalties over Carrick Rangers in the 5th round of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup set up a 6th round home tie at home to Newington next weekend.
Tickets for Ballymena United supporters are available at Tickets - Ballymena United Fans.
Adult admission costs £12 and concessions are £8.
|Referee: Jamie Robinson. Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson. Assistant 2: Gavin Hegarty. 4th Official: Michael McKenna.|
|The match kicks off at 3:00pm.|
|It's hard to believe the last time the sides met United ran out 4-1 winners, although that was at the Showgrounds. The last two meetings between the teams at Solitude both resulted in wins for the North Belfast side. Make your way to Solitude and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!|
|Match Preview by Paul Irwin|
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