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Match Centre

League Cup
Tuesday 14 December 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Referee: Andrew Davey

Cliftonville home-team
3 FT 0
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Ryan Curran 27' 44' (pen)
  •   Joe Gormley 51'
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Ryan Curran scored twice for the Reds ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

THREE AND EASY FOR THE REDS

Cliftonville swept to a comfortable three-goal defeat of Ballymena United at Solitude to reach the BetMcLean League Cup final.

The Reds enjoyed the majority of possession right from the start although the first effort of note fell to Ballymena's Ryan Waide with a cross-cum-shot which looped the wrong side of the far post.

However, the deadlock was broken in Cliftonville's favour just before the half-hour mark when a low Joe Gormley cross from the wide on the right was dummied by Paul O'Neill into the path of Ryan Curran who made no mistake from close range.

Curran almost doubled Cliftonville's lead on 35 minutes with an effort from outside the box which looked destined for the top corner but he did make it 2-0 moments from the break with a successfully converted spot-kick awarded after United keeper Jordan Williamson was adjudged to have upended Gormley.

Gormley then put the issue beyond doubt just six minutes into the second half after a Conor McDermott ball into the area was played back for him to send it rising high into the net despite Williamson getting a hand to it.

And he almost added a fourth towards the end only to chip his effort onto the roof of the net.

The Reds will meet holders Coleraine in the final next March after the Bannsiders continued their defence of the trophy with a crushing defeat of Warrenpoint Town.

Cliftonville: McNicholas, McDermott, Ives, C. Curran, R. Curran, O'Neill, McDonagh, Lowe, Addis, Gormley, Turner subs Dunne (not used), Harney (replaced Turner 88), Foster (not used), Donnelly (replaced O'Neill 75), Doherty (not used), Coates (replaced Addis 88), Kearns (replaced C. Curran 86)

Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, Wilson, McElroy, Waide, McCullough, Kane, Barr, McGrory, Keeley, Millar subs Johnston (not used), Chapman (not used), Henderson (not used), Bramall (not used), Parkhouse (replaced Waide 57), Graham (replaced Redman 81), Smith (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   3 - 0 Ballymena United
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kris Lowe

    Cliftonville

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Luke Turner

    Cliftonville

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Harney

    Cliftonville

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Colin Coates

    Cliftonville

    88'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Williamson

    Ballymena United

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Cliftonville

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Redman

    Ballymena United

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Donnelly

    Cliftonville

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    57'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    57'
  • GOAL

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    51'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    44'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    27'

Cliftonville

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Conor McDermott
  • Levi Ives
  • Chris Curran red substitution 86'
  • Ryan Curran 27' 44'
  • Paul O'Neill red substitution 75'
  • Jamie McDonagh
  • Kris Lowe red substitution 88'
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Joe Gormley 51'
  • Luke Turner red substitution 88'

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Jamie Harney green substitution 88'
  • Seanan Foster
  • Aaron Donnelly green substitution 75'
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Colin Coates green substitution 88'
  • Daniel Kearns green substitution 86'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson 88'
  • Ross Redman red substitution 81'
  • Douglas Wilson
  • Paul McElroy
  • Ryan Waide red substitution 57'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Brendan Barr
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Conor Keeley
  • Leroy Millar

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Lee Chapman
  • Jack Henderson
  • Daniel Bramall
  • David Parkhouse green substitution 57'
  • Sean Graham green substitution 81'
  • Jonte Smith
© Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

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