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Joe Gormley (16)
Liam Boyce (72)
Barry Johnston (80)
James Knowles (89)


Birthday boy Joe Gormley celebrates with James Knowles and Stephen Garrett after opening the scoring (Picture: Darren Kidd/


CLIFTONVILLE restored their seven-point gap at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership with this defeat of Lisburn Distillery in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Solitude.

The Whites, languishing at the wrong end of the table, might have taken an eighth minute lead through Jordan Hughes who tested Conor Devlin with a left-foot effort from just outside the area which the Reds 'keeper did well to turn around an upright.

But the league leaders opened the scoring on 16 minutes after Joe Gormley collected the ball outside the area, took it past Philip Simpson before slotting it beyond Lee Windrum.

At the other end, Devlin was forced to rush out to thwart Scott Davidson after he had been played through by Hughes.

And his opposite number, Windrum, was also called into action to produce a great stop to deny a first-time Martin Donnelly strike.

The Reds should have doubled their lead on 65 minutes when, from a Simpson errort, Gormley brought the ball forward only to fail to beat Windrum at the near post despite Liam Boyce being better placed.

But that second goal arrived seven minutes later with a clinical Boyce header after Donnelly had floated the ball over the wing.

It was 3-0 on 80 minutes courtesy of a thundering Barry Johnston finish from the 18-yard line literally just 19 seconds after he had come on to replace Ryan Catney.

The scoring was completed in the 89th minute after a flowing move which ended with Gormley flicking the ball on for James Knowles to fire a low 20-yard shot into the opposite bottom corner.


Attendance: 1152