Match Centre

Premiership
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 2824

Referee: Andrew Davey

Crusaders home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Billy Joe Burns
  •   Chris Hegarty
  •   Jamie McGonigle
  •   David Cushley 2'
  •   Declan Caddell
  •   Jarlath O'Rourke
  •   Kyle Owens
  •   Paul Heatley
  •   Garry Breen
  •   Ryan Curran
  •   Liam Bagnall
  •   Joe Gormley
  •   Conor McMenamin 7' 79'
  •   Ronan Wilson
  •   Thomas Maguire
  •   Joe Gorman
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Conor McMenamin celebrates knocking home Cliftonville's winner ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

McMENAMIN BAGS BOXING DAY DOUBLE AS REDS TOP TABLE

Two Conor McMenamin goals helped Cliftonville move back to the top of the table with a big victory over rivals Crusaders at Seaview.

The game got off to a frantic start with the Crues seizing the advantage with less than two minutes on the clock through David Cushley after he fired into the bottom corner after Ross Clarke rolled the ball across from the right.

But, on six minutes, the Reds levelled when McMenamin showed great composure when he received the ball with his back to goal before turning to finish past Gerard Doherty.

Cliftonville might have edged in front midway through the first half but Declan Caddell was on hand to clear off the line after Garry Breen appeared to have made the most of a mistake by Doherty.

McMenamin then threatened with a left foot effort only for the ball to flash just the wrong side of the post while, for the Crues, Jordan Owens was thwarted by a Jamie Harney block before the break.

Doherty did well to deny McMenamin at the near post early in the second half before his opposite number, Richard Brush, was alert to Owens' threat soon after at the other end.

Crusaders then thought they had regained the lead through Jarlath O'Rourke but his close range finish was ruled out offside.

And it proved to be a pivotal moment in the game when, just over ten minutes later, McMenamin claimed Cliftonville's winner with a cleanly executed quality finish into the corner of the net.

Crusaders: Doherty, Burns, Hegarty, Lowry, McGonigle, Cushley, Caddell, O'Rourke, J. Owens, Brown, Clarke subs O'Neill (not used), K. Owens (replaced O'Rourke 80), Ruddy (not used), Thompson (not used), Heatley (replaced McGonigle 58), McGinley (not used), McElroy (not used)

Cliftonville: Brush, Breen, Harney, C. Curran, R. Curran, Foster, Bagnall, Doherty, Gormley, McMenamin, A. Donnelly subs Dunne (not used), McKee (not used), Wilson (replaced McMenamin 90+1), Maguire (replaced R. Curran 82), Rocks (not used), McCurry (not used), Gorman (replaced Gormley 84)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   1 - 2 Cliftonville
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Hegarty

    Crusaders

    88'
  •  Yellow Card

    Liam Bagnall

    Cliftonville

    88'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    87'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor McMenamin

    Cliftonville

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gorman

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Maguire

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle Owens

    Ballymena United

    80'
  • GOAL

    Conor McMenamin

    Cliftonville

    79'
  •  Yellow Card

    Garry Breen

    Cliftonville

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    58'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    55'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    37'
  • GOAL

    Conor McMenamin

    Cliftonville

    7'
  • GOAL

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McMenamin

    Cliftonville

    0'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Wilson

    Cliftonville

    0'

Crusaders

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Billy Joe Burns 37
  • Chris Hegarty 88
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jamie McGonigle red subsititutions  58
  • David Cushley  2
  • Declan Caddell 87
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 55 red subsititutions  80
  • Jordan Owens
  • Rodney Brown
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutions

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Kyle Owens green subsititutions  80
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Gary Thompson
  • Paul Heatley green subsititutions  58
  • Reece McGinley
  • Paul McElroy

Cliftonville

  • Richard Brush
  • Garry Breen 65
  • Jamie Harney
  • Chris Curran
  • Ryan Curran red subsititutions  82
  • Seanan Foster
  • Liam Bagnall 88
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley red subsititutions  84
  • Conor McMenamin 87 red subsititutions  90+1  7
  • Aaron Donnelly

Substitutions

  • Declan Dunne
  • Mark McKee
  • Ronan Wilson green subsititutions  90+1
  • Thomas Maguire green subsititutions  82
  • Donal Rocks
  • Calvin McCurry
  • Joe Gorman green subsititutions  84

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