Windsor Park to host League Cup decider on 24 January

Ballymena's Neal Gawley and Martin Donnelly of Cliftonville

The League Cup final between Ballymena United and Cliftonville will be played at Windsor Park on Saturday 24 January, with a 17:30 GMT kick-off time.

The venue, date and kick-off time were confirmed by the Northern Ireland Football League on Tuesday.

Cliftonville are aiming to secure a third successive success in the competition, having beaten Crusaders in the last two finals in 2013 and 2014.

Ballymena United will contest a League Cup decider for the first time.

The Reds beat Bangor 4-3 in a thrilling semi-final at Solitude on 16 December, while Ballymena came from a goal down to defeat Ballinamallard United 3-2 at Ferney Park.

Cliftonville recorded a 7-0 victory over the Sky Blues in the last meeting between the sides in the Premiership at the end of November.

Ballymena lost 2-1 to Glenavon in the Irish Cup final in May.