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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 26 January 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Cliftonville home-team
4 FT 3
away-team Linfield
  •   Michael McCrudden 18'
  •   Conor McMenamin 73' 82'
  •   Ryan Curran 90'
  •   Jordan Stewart 12'
  •   Jamie Mulgrew 65'
  •   Kirk Millar 90+3'
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Ryan Curran and Jordan Stewart in action ©Brian Little/PressEye

REDS COME OUT ON TOP OF SEVEN GOAL THRILLER

Cliftonville twice came from behind to defeat league leaders Linfield in a hugely entertaining clash at Solitude.
 
Paddy McLaughlin's side crafted the first effort of note after just four minutes when a short corner reached Rory Hale but his low shot from 25 yards went just wide.
 
Linfield moved in front after 12 minutes through Jordan Stewart. Jamie Mulgrew created the opening with a run through from midfield before laying the ball off to the right for Stewart to sweep into the opposite corner.
 
But the Reds levelled only six minutes after that. Hale did well to get behind the Linfield defence and squaring the ball for Michael McCrudden to slot home.
 
Conor McMenamin came close to edging Cliftonville in front just after the half-hour mark only to fire into the side netting from the left.
 
The visitors regained the lead on 65 minutes. Somewhat against the run of play, Mulgrew intercepted the ball before bringing it forward and beating Aaron McCarey with a deflection aided 25-yard strike.
 
Cliftonville almost responded immediately but Ryan Curran's header at the back post was cleared off the line by Mark Haughey.
 
However, it was 2-2 with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining after McMenamin got on the end of Jamie Harney's pass before despatching a finish low into the bottom corner.
 
Then, on 82 minutes, Cliftonville moved in front for the first time with McMenamin grabbing his second of the evening after cutting past Conor Pepper to beat Chris Johns.
 
And the Reds put the issue beyond doubt in the final minute of normal time courtesy of Ryan Curran's sweeping shot into the far corner after Daire O'Connor did well to create the opening.
 
Linfield did pull one back deep into stoppage time with a superbly executed Kirk Millar free-kick but it was too little, too late to spark a last minute revival for the Blues.

Cliftonville: McCarey, Breen, Harney, C. Curran, R. Curran, McCrudden, McMenamin, Donnelly, Bagnall, Doherty, Hale subs Brush (not used), O'Connor (replaced McCrudden 80), Foster (not used), Casey (not used), Maguire (not used), O'Brien (not used), Teggart (replaced McMenamin 84)
 
Linfield: Johns, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Stewart, Millar, Nasseri, McClean, Mulgrew, Pepper, Quinn subs Moore (not used), Larkin (not used), Lavery (replaced Waterworth 80), Clarke (not used), Kearns (not used), Fallon (replaced McClean 66), Cooper (replaced Nasseri 66)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   4 - 3 Linfield
  • GOAL

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    90+3'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McMenamin

    Glentoran

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Eoin Teggart

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • GOAL

    Conor McMenamin

    Glentoran

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael McCrudden

    Cliftonville

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daire O'Connor

    Cliftonville

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    80'
  • GOAL

    Conor McMenamin

    Glentoran

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Linfield

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    66'
  • GOAL

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    65'
  •  Yellow Card

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    63'
  • GOAL

    Michael McCrudden

    Cliftonville

    18'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    12'

Cliftonville

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Garry Breen
  • Jamie Harney
  • Chris Curran
  • Michael McCrudden red substitution 80' 18'
  • Conor McMenamin red substitution 84' 73' 82'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Ryan Curran 90'
  • Liam Bagnall
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Rory Hale

Substitutes

  • Richard Brush
  • Daire O'Connor green substitution 80'
  • Seanan Foster
  • Odhran Casey
  • Thomas Maguire
  • Eoin Teggart green substitution 84'
  • Lee O'Brien

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jordan Stewart 12'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Jamie Mulgrew 65'
  • Andrew Waterworth red substitution 80'
  • Kirk Millar 90+3'
  • Navid Nasseri red substitution 66'
  • Kyle McClean red substitution 66'
  • Conor Pepper
  • Niall Quinn 63'

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Ross Larkin
  • Shayne Lavery green substitution 80'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Stephen Fallon green substitution 66'
  • Joel Cooper green substitution 66'

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