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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 28 December 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Inver Park

Attendance: 1763

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Larne home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Jeff Hughes 4'
  •   Joe Gormley 1'
  •   Conor McMenamin 53'
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Conor McMenamin celebrates scoring Cliftonville's winner ©INPHO/Matt Mackey)

CLIFTONVILLE GO THREE CLEAR AT THE TOP

Cliftonville will go into the New Year with a three-point cushion at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership following victory over Larne at Inver Park.

The Reds stormed into the lead after barely 17 seconds when Ryan Curran intercepted a poor Mark Randall pass to beat Chris Ramsey and find Joe Gormley who duly headed past Conor Devlin.

But Larne hit back just three minutes later when Randall made up for his error by crossing for Jeff Hughes to guide the ball past Richard Brush into the far corner.

Garry Breen then had a chance to restore Cliftonville's lead but could only head wide from Conor McDermott's corner while, at the other end, Johnny McMurray tested Brush with a 25-yard snapshot.

McMurray had another opportunity not long after that but this was blocked by McDermott with a later effort turned away by Brush.

Larne continued to create the clearer opportunities, coming close again when Randall, in a good position, was denied by Brush.

But, eight minutes into the second half, what proved to be Cliftonville's winner came via the on form Conor McMenamin with a rifled finish into the top corner after Gormley had found him down the left.

Albert Watson almost responded for Larne just after the hour but his goalbound header was cleared off the line by Jamie Harney.

The always dangerous McMurray had a couple of later chances for Larne but Brush did well to deal with both but, with six minutes to go, Ryan Curran almost extended Cliftonville's lead only to strike the base of an upright with a low 20-yard effort.

Larne: Devlin, Flowers, Kelly, Watson, Ramsey, Sule, Randall, McDaid, Donnelly, Hughes, McMurray subs Mitchell (not used), McEleney (replaced Ramsey 64), Tilney (not used), Lynch (replaced Randall 56), McKendry (not used), Graham (not used), Gilmour (not used)

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Breen, Harney, C. Curran, R. Curran, Bagnall, Doherty, Gormley, McMenamin, A. Donnelly subs Dunne (not used), McKee (not used), Foster (not used), Wilson (replaced McMenamin 77), Maguire (replaced Gormley 82), Rocks (not used), McCurry (not used)

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

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Maguire

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McMenamin

    Cliftonville

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Wilson

    Coleraine

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Ramsey

    Unregistered Players

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shane McEleney

    Unregistered Players

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Ramsey

    Unregistered Players

    61'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    56'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Larne

    56'
  • GOAL

    Conor McMenamin

    Cliftonville

    53'
  • GOAL

    Jeff Hughes

    Larne

    4'
  •  Yellow Card

    Fuad Sule

    Larne

    32'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Harney

    Cliftonville

    16'
  • GOAL

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    1'

Larne

  • Conor Devlin
  • Harry Flowers
  • Graham Kelly
  • Albert Watson
  • Chris Ramsey 61' red substitution 64'
  • Fuad Sule 32'
  • Mark Randall red substitution 56'
  • David McDaid
  • Martin Donnelly
  • Jeff Hughes 4'
  • Jonathan McMurray

Substitutes

  • Conor Mitchell
  • Shane McEleney green substitution 64'
  • Ben Tilney
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 56'
  • Conor McKendry
  • Sean Graham
  • Cillin Gilmour

Cliftonville

  • Richard Brush
  • Conor McDermott
  • Garry Breen
  • Jamie Harney 16'
  • Chris Curran
  • Ryan Curran
  • Liam Bagnall
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley red substitution 82' 1'
  • Conor McMenamin red substitution 77' 53'
  • Aaron Donnelly

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Mark McKee
  • Seanan Foster
  • Ronan Wilson green substitution 77'
  • Thomas Maguire green substitution 82'
  • Donal Rocks
  • Calvin McCurry

Larne

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Cliftonville

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