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Match Centre

Premiership
Monday 13 January 2020 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 1998

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Cliftonville home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Joe Gormley 27'
  •   Andy Mitchell 14p'
  •   Mark Stafford 56'
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Linfield's match winner Mark Stafford celebrates at the final whistle ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter

BLUES BEAT REDS TO MOVE BACK TO THE SUMMIT

Linfield returned to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership following victory over Cliftonville at Solitude live on Sky Sports.

The Blues moved into pole position on goal difference from Glentoran and the Reds, with Crusaders a point behind and Coleraine only slightly further adrift.

Cliftonville started brightly, crafting an opening chance when Conor McMenamin directed an effort straight at Linfield keeper Rohan Ferguson while, a little later, Conor McDermott sent over a corner which Rory Donnelly turned onto the top of the crossbar.

However Linfield broke the deadlock on 14 minutes after referee Raymond Crangle punished Liam Bagnall for handball from an Ethan Boyle shot and, from the subsequent spot-kick, Andrew Mitchell stepped up to beat Richard Brush.

The Reds had a great chance to get back on level terms after 26 minutes when Joe Gormley sent the ball across the face of goal with Ryan Curran just failing to get a touch at the back post.

But the home supporters only had to wait a matter of moments to cheer an equaliser thanks to Joe Gormley's dinked finish over Ferguson after Boyle had been caught in possession.

That was how it stayed at the break, but Linfield almost regained the advantage early in the second half when Jimmy Callacher's header was cleared off the line by Rory Donnelly.

The Blues move back in front, though, on 56 minutes with what proved to be the winner after substitute Mark Stafford broke free at the back post to volley home from Boyle's flick.

Shayne Lavery might have added a third just after the hour but was thwarted by Brush as he closed down on goal.

That would have put the game to bed but as it was Cliftonville pressed for the equaliser, and almost grabbed it with a couple of minutes remaining only for Stafford to clear a Ryan Curran touch off the line.

Then, in stoppage time, Aaron Donnelly sent a corner against the outside of the post while, with almost the last move of the game, he just missed making a connection to Ronan Doherty's cross when any touch would found the net.

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Breen, R. Curran, R. Donnelly, Foster, Bagnall, Doherty, Gormley, McMenamin, A. Donnelly subs Dunne (not used), Ives (not used), Harney (not used), C. Curran (replaced Bagnall 61), Wilson (not used), McCrudden (replaced Gormley 66), Maguire (replaced Foster 83)

Linfield: Ferguson, Haughey, Callacher, Cooper, Stewart, Lavery, Clarke, Fallon, Mulgrew, Boyle, Mitchell subs Moore (not used), Stafford (replaced Haughey 46), Waterworth (not used), Shevlin (not used), Millar (replaced Stewart 74), Kearns (not used), Hery (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   1 - 2 Linfield
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor McDermott

    Cliftonville

    90+3'
  • GOAL

    Andy Mitchell

    Larne

    14p'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Seanan Foster

    Cliftonville

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Maguire

    Cliftonville

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael McCrudden

    Cliftonville

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Liam Bagnall

    Cliftonville

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    61'
  •  Yellow Card

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    58'
  • GOAL

    Mark Stafford

    Linfield

    56'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Haughey

    Linfield

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Stafford

    Linfield

    46'
  • GOAL

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    27'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ethan Boyle

    Linfield

    25'
  •  Yellow Card

    Liam Bagnall

    Cliftonville

    13'

Cliftonville

  • Richard Brush
  • Conor McDermott 90+3'
  • Garry Breen
  • Ryan Curran
  • Ruaidhrí Donnelly
  • Seanan Foster red substitution 83'
  • Liam Bagnall 13' red substitution 61'
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley red substitution 66' 27'
  • Conor McMenamin
  • Aaron Donnelly

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Levi Ives
  • Jamie Harney
  • Chris Curran green substitution 61'
  • Ronan Wilson
  • Thomas Maguire green substitution 83'
  • Michael McCrudden green substitution 66'

Linfield

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Mark Haughey red substitution 46'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Joel Cooper
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 74'
  • Shayne Lavery
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Stephen Fallon 58'
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Ethan Boyle 25'
  • Andy Mitchell 14p'

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Mark Stafford green substitution 46' 56'
  • Andrew Waterworth
  • Matthew Shevlin
  • Kirk Millar green substitution 74'
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Bastien Hery

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