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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 16 November 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 1441

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Cliftonville home-team
1 FT 0
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Ruaidhrí Donnelly 50'
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Rory Donnelly celebrates scoring Cliftonville's winner ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

REDS GO TOP AS DONNELLY WINNER KEEPS RUN GOING

Cliftonville moved to the top of the table with victory over Ballymena United at Solitude thanks to Rory Donnelly's goal just after half-time.

It was a seventh league win on the bounce for the Reds, but a sixth straight defeat in all competitions for the visitors.

Ballymena were granted an early let off when Joe Gormley failed to control the ball in front of goal while, not long after, keeper Ross Glendinning was forced into a diving save to palm away a Donnelly effort.

Cliftonville continued to press with a Gormley header appearing to skim the crossbar midway through the first half before, moments from the break, Donnelly crafted the best chance to date with a 20-yard drive which curled just wide.

But he went one better on 51 minutes with what proved to be the winner after a great first touch allowed him to fire left-footed into the bottom corner beyond Glendinning's reach.

Going behind seemed to spark Ballymena into life with Jonny Addis having a go from distance and then Ryan Mayse producing a save from Richard Brush.

Addis then sent the ball inches wide of the post before, later in the game, Jude Winchester squandered arguably the chance of the game from an Andy McGrory pass only for the ball to go wide.

David Jeffrey's side had one last chance to salvage something from the game but substitute Declan Carville couldn't trouble Brush with a header from around eight yards.

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Breen, Bagnall, Harney, C. Curran, R. Curran, R. Donnelly, Doherty, Gormley, A. Donnelly subs Foster (not used), Wilson (not used), McKee (not used), Dunne (not used), Maguire (not used), McMenamin (replaced Gormley 73), Gorman (not used)

Ballymena United: Ro. Glendinning, Addis, Mayse, McGinty, McCullough, K. Kane, Andrew Burns, Carville, McGrory, Winchester, Ervin subs Williamson (not used), Re. Glendinning (not used), Brown (replaced K. Kane 71), Lavery (replaced Mayse 71), Warnock (not used), Beattie (not used), Annett (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   1 - 0 Ballymena United
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan Addis

    Ballymena United

    88'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    87'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Carville

    Newry City

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McMenamin

    Cliftonville

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Mayse

    Ballinamallard United

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Leo Brown

    Ards

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Lavery

    Armagh City

    71'
  •  Yellow Card

    Shane McGinty

    Dungannon Swifts

    68'
  •  Yellow Card

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    65'
  • GOAL

    Ruaidhrí Donnelly

    Glentoran

    50'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew Burns

    Unregistered Players

    33'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Harney

    Cliftonville

    16'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ryan Mayse

    Ballinamallard United

    16'

Cliftonville

  • Richard Brush
  • Conor McDermott
  • Garry Breen
  • Jamie Harney 16'
  • Chris Curran 85'
  • Ryan Curran
  • Ruaidhrí Donnelly 50'
  • Liam Bagnall
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley red substitution 73'
  • Aaron Donnelly

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Mark McKee
  • Seanan Foster
  • Ronan Wilson
  • Thomas Maguire
  • Conor McMenamin green substitution 73'
  • Joe Gorman

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Jonathan Addis 88'
  • Ryan Mayse 16' red substitution 71'
  • Shane McGinty 68'
  • Steven McCullough 65'
  • Kenneth Kane red substitution 71'
  • Andrew Burns 33'
  • Declan Carville 85'
  • Andrew McGrory 87'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Jim Ervin

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Leo Brown green substitution 71'
  • Ross Lavery green substitution 71'
  • Ethan Warnock
  • Arynn Annett
  • Spencer Beattie

Cliftonville

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Ballymena United

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