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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 22 February 2020 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 1035

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Cliftonville home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Joe Gormley 68'
  •   Leroy Millar 30'
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Action from Solitude ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter

SKY BLUES HALT LOSING STREAK

Ballymena United halted their losing streak with a point against Cliftonville at Solitude.

David Jeffrey's side had been beaten in their last seven league outings but seemed in a determined mood to buck that trend with a bright opening, coming closest when Steven McCullough send over a free-kick to which both Jonny Addis and Adam Lecky but narrowly missed connecting with in front of goal.

Ballymena's efforts were rewarded after half-an-hour, though, when Leroy Millar opened the scoring with a drilled effort through Richard Brush's legs after Lecky had created the opportunity when Chris Curran lost possession.

The visitors came close to doubling their lead early in the second half when another McCullough ball was fractionally out of reach for Joe McCready as he rushed to make contact.

However, Cliftonville increasingly pushed for the equaliser as the game progressed with Ryan Curran testing Ross Glendinning before, on 67 minutes, Joe Gormley did find the net with an instinctive volley in off an upright from Chris Curran's right-sided cross.

Both sides had an opportunity to secure all three points in the closing moments of the game. 

A neat Cliftonville build up almost produced dividends when Conor McMenamin curling a shot toward goal which was met by an acrobatic stop from Glendinning while, at the other end, McCullough unleashed an effort to the left of Brush which the home keeper did well to turn behind to safety.

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Breen, C. Curran, Foster, McCrudden, Doherty, Gormley, McMenamin, Donnelly, McCurry subs Dunne (not used), R. Curran (replaced McCurry 55), Wilson (not used), Casey (not used), Rocks (replaced Foster 61), McKiernan (replaced McCrudden 85), Spencer (not used)

Ballymena United: Ross Glendinning, T. Kane, Addis, Whiteside, Harpur, McCullough, McCready, Winchester, Lecky, Millar, Reece Glendinning subs Williamson (not used), Friel (not used), Knowles (replaced Harpur 62), K. Kane (not used), Andrew Burns (not used), Balmer (not used), Owens (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   1 - 1 Ballymena United
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael McCrudden

    Cliftonville

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Peter McKiernan

    Cliftonville

    85'
  • GOAL

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Ballymena United

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Seanan Foster

    Cliftonville

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Donal Rocks

    Cliftonville

    61'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Calvin McCurry

    Cliftonville

    55'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    55'
  • GOAL

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    30'
  •  Yellow Card

    Scot Whiteside

    Ballymena United

    1'

Cliftonville

  • Richard Brush
  • Conor McDermott
  • Garry Breen
  • Chris Curran
  • Seanan Foster red substitution 61'
  • Michael McCrudden red substitution 85'
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley 68'
  • Conor McMenamin
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Calvin McCurry red substitution 55'

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Ryan Curran green substitution 55'
  • Ronan Wilson
  • Odhran Casey
  • Donal Rocks green substitution 61'
  • Peter McKiernan green substitution 85'
  • Brodie Spencer

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Tony Kane
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Scot Whiteside 1'
  • Ryan Harpur red substitution 62'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Joe McCready
  • Jude Winchester
  • Adam Lecky
  • Leroy Millar 30'
  • Reece Glendinning

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Cathair Friel
  • James Knowles green substitution 62'
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Andrew Burns
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Kyle Owens

Cliftonville

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Ballymena United

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