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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 17 April 2021 (kick off: 5.30 PM)

Venue: Shamrock Park

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Tim Marshall

Portadown home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Ben Tilney 44'
  •   Ryan Curran 27' 33'
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Ryan Curran in action with Barney McKeown ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

CURRAN DOUBLE SECURES TOP SIX SPOT

Ryan Curran bagged both goals as Cliftonville secured a post-split top six spot with victory over Portadown at Shamrock Park.
 
Cliftonville got off to a storming start with three chances in quick succession from Rory Hale, Daire O'Connor and Chris Curran with further opportunities presenting themselves for Michael McCrudden and Aaron Donnelly.
 
Then, on 14 minutes, Chris Curran almost opened the scoring with a hooked effort from O'Connor's cross but Jacob Carney did well to save.
 
Carney then denied O'Connor again midway through the first half before, on 27 minutes, Ryan Curran opened the scoring after stabbing the ball home from Hale's scuffed effort which appeared to be going wide.
 
And Ryan Curran doubled Cliftonville's lead six minutes after that, this time with a deflected finish off Adam McCallum after McCrudden created the opening.
 
Cliftonville continued to push forward with Donnelly coming close with a low effort while Carney then produced a great diving save to tip away a McCrudden lob.
 
However Portadown pulled one back a minute from the break. A loose ball from a corner fell for Ben Tilney who responded with a volley from inside the area which deflected off Garry Breen on its way past Aaron McCarey.
 
Ports keeper Carney produced another good stop to deny Ryan O'Reilly early in the second half before, just after the hour, Hale sliced an effort wide of the right post.
 
Then, on 73 minutes, Donnelly fired over the top which was followed moments later by McCrudden's poked effort wide.
 
Cliftonville came closest to restoring their two-goal cushion late in the game after O'Connor's initial effort was let slip by Carney but he recovered to stop the ball creeping over the line.
 
Portadown: Carney, Hall, McCallum, Finnegan, McKeown, Tipton, Salley, Bonis, Conaty, Kerr, Tilney subs Buchanan (not used), Lavery (not used), Murray (not used), Guy (replaced Conaty 67), Teggart (replaced Tipton 74), Warde (replaced McKeown 60), Scannell (not used)
 
Cliftonville: McCarey, O'Reilly, Breen, C. Curran, O'Connor, R. Curran, McCrudden, Donnelly, Bagnall, Hale, Lowe subs Dunne (not used), Harney (not used), Doherty (replaced Hale 86), Casey (not used), Kearns (not used), O'Neill (replaced C. Curran 82), Coffey (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Portadown   1 - 2 Cliftonville
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Doherty

    Cliftonville

    86'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ben Guy

    Portadown

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    George Tipton

    Portadown

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Teggart

    Portadown

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Oisin Conaty

    Portadown

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Guy

    Portadown

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Barney McKeown

    Portadown

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sam Warde

    Portadown

    60'
  • GOAL

    Ben Tilney

    Portadown

    44'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    33'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    27'

Portadown

  • Jacob Carney
  • Greg Hall
  • Adam McCallum
  • Paul Finnegan
  • Barney McKeown red substitution 60'
  • George Tipton red substitution 74'
  • Adam Salley
  • Lee Bonis
  • Oisin Conaty red substitution 67'
  • Nathan Kerr
  • Ben Tilney 44'

Substitutes

  • Gareth Buchanan
  • Chris Lavery
  • Stephen Murray
  • Ben Guy 84' green substitution 67'
  • Stephen Teggart green substitution 74'
  • Sam Warde green substitution 60'
  • Eamon Scannell

Cliftonville

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Ryan O'Reilly
  • Garry Breen
  • Chris Curran red substitution 82'
  • Daire O'Connor
  • Ryan Curran 27' 33'
  • Michael McCrudden
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Liam Bagnall
  • Rory Hale red substitution 86'
  • Kris Lowe

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Jamie Harney
  • Ronan Doherty green substitution 86'
  • Odhran Casey
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Paul O'Neill green substitution 82'
  • Barry Coffey

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