Cliftonville chiefs hit out after semi-final "farce" and say lessons must be learned

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Update - Ballymena v Cliftonville part four confirmed for this Saturday, February 10, 3pm Showgrounds. As a result of this, two Danske Bank Premiership fixtures will be postponed. Warrenpoint v Cliftonville moved to Tuesday 13 Feb 7.45pm; Ballymena v Ballinamallard TBC


The clubs involved and league officials are to meet on Wednesday to set a new date for the Bet McLean League Cup semi-final between Ballymena and Cliftonville.

It was postponed for a third time in controversial circumstances on Tuesday night.

The frozen Showgrounds pitch failed a late inspection after earlier, surprisingly, been deemed playable.

Reds chairman Gerard Lawlor said it was farcical....

The final is due to be played on Saturday week, February 17. Cliftonville manager Barry Gray told Q Radio it all hinges on a suitable date being found for the semi-final...

On the playable pitches, Crusaders had a 3-0 win at Carrick to move three points clear at the top - new signing Darren Murray scored twice on his debut.

Glentoran beat Ballinamallard 2-1 at the Oval - the visitors finishing with nine men after goalkeeper Richard Brush was dismissed in the first half and midfielder David Kee got an early bath near the end. 

Mallards manager Gavin Dykes felt they got a raw deal, not for the first time against the Glens...

Curtis Allen grabbed the winner for the home side, his fifth goal in two games following his four-timer in the Irish Cup and ahead of Saturday's Premiership showdown at Seaview...

Linfield moved up to fourth place with a 3-1 win over Warrenpoint Town at the Q Radio Arena.

Meanwhile, Warrenpoint's teenage star Lorcan Forde could be on his way to the Premier League.

The 18-year-old forward is to have a trial with Burnley next week.

In the other match on Tuesday night, Glenavon beat Newry City 3-1 in the Mid-Ulster Cup final at the Showgrounds. 

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