Jay Donnelly (22)
Joe Gormley (30)
Christopher Curran (32)
Scott Davidson (OG) (49)
Joe Gormley (51)
Jay Donnelly (65)

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Jonathan Frazer (05)
Kyle Cherry (43)
Jonathan Frazer (76)

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Joe Gormley marked his return to Cliftonville with two goals (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)

SIX OF THE BEST FOR THE REDS

Cliftonville got the Barry Gray era off to a winning start with victory over Ards in this high-scoring season opener at Solitude.

Jonny Frazer opened the scoring for Ards after five minutes from a Guillaume Keke lay-off before Jay Donnelly levelled for the Reds on 22 minutes with a tap-in after Joe Gormley's initial effort was saved.

Gormley found the net himself after half-an-hour after reacting quickest to a saved Chris Curran shot.

Curran went one better a couple of minutes after that with a curling finish beyond Aaron Hogg but Kyle Cherry pulled one back for Ards just before the break.

Cliftonville restored their two-goal cushion four minutes into the second half when Scott Davidson fired into his own net via a wicked deflection while Gormley added another moments later.

The scoring continued on 65 minutes with Jay Donnelly's second of the afternoon - a header - before Frazer doubled his own tally for Ards with just under a quarter-of-an-hour remaining to wrap things up.

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Cliftonville: Long, Ives, Breen, Harney, Curran, Hughes, Garrett, Bagnall, Gormley, J. Donnellly, Cosgrove subs Neeson (not used), Ramsey (replaced Harney 72), M. Donnelly (replaced Gormley 72), Winchester (replaced Garrett 79), A. Donnelly (not used)

Ards: Hogg, Hall, Taylor, Byers, Hanley, Frazer, Cherry, Davidson, McAllister, Liggett, Keke subs Tommons (replaced Davidson 67), McLellan (not used), McComb (not used), Johnston (not used), McMillen (replaced Liggett 62)

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Attendance: 1015

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