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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 23 February 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Shane Andrews

Cliftonville home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Ryan Curran 31'
  •   Paul O'Neill 82'
  •   Shay McCartan 42'
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Cliftonville celebrate Paul O'Neill's late winner ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

LATE O'NEILL FINISH HANDS REDS THE POINTS

Paul O'Neill struck late in the game to hand Cliftonville the points from Ballymena United's visit to Solitude.
 
The sides traded chances during the opening 25 minutes. For Cliftonville Rory Hale saw a curling effort blocked for a corner while Aaron Donnelly drilled a low free-kick under the wall but straight at Ross Glendinning.
 
At the other end Aaron McCarey did well to smother the ball at Joe McCready's feet with Conor Keeley later having a free header from James Knowles' cross but he could only send the ball wide.
 
The deadlock was broken on 31 minutes when Ryan Curran fired the Reds in front with a clinical finish from just outside the area after Barry Coffey had played the ball into his path.
 
But Ballymena levelled just before the break through Shay McCartan after Garry Breen's attempted clearance from Trai Hume's cross fell for him.
 
Ballymena started the second half brightly with Knowles seeing a half volley drift wide followed quickly by a Ben Wylie effort fired over.
 
Cliftonville responded with an O'Neill flick into the side netting and Ciaran O'Connor's low shot into the arms of Glendinning.
 
That pattern continued. McCartan had a shot deflected away by Liam Bagnall while O'Connor got in between the defence only to see his attempt saved by Glendinning at the near post.
 
However, what proved to be the winner came with eight minutes remaining. Breen sent over a pinpoint delivery from the right which O'Neill did well to stoop to head low past Glendinning from close range.
 
Cliftonville: McCarey, Breen, O'Reilly, C. Curran, R. Curran, Donnelly, Bagnall, Hale, Lowe, O'Neill, Coffey subs Dunne (not used), O'Connor (replaced Hale 57), McCrudden (not used), Foster (not used), Casey (not used), O'Brien (not used), Kearns (replaced Coffey 76)
 
Ballymena United: Glendinning, Winchester, Knowles, McCartan, Hume, Ervin, Keeley, Kelly, S. Graham, Wylie, McCready subs D. Graham (not used), T. Kane (not used), Redman (replaced Keeley 46), McElroy (replaced McCready 76), Waide (replaced Knowles 61), McGrory (not used), Keenan (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   2 - 1 Ballymena United
  • GOAL

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Barry Coffey

    Unregistered Players

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Cliftonville

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe McCready

    Dungannon Swifts

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Dungannon Swifts

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    61'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    57'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daire O'Connor

    Unregistered Players

    57'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Redman

    Ballymena United

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Garry Breen

    Cliftonville

    45'
  • GOAL

    Shay McCartan

    Glentoran

    42'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    31'

Cliftonville

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Garry Breen 45'
  • Ryan O'Reilly
  • Chris Curran
  • Ryan Curran 31'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Liam Bagnall
  • Rory Hale red substitution 57'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Paul O'Neill 82'
  • Barry Coffey red substitution 76'

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Daire O'Connor green substitution 57'
  • Michael McCrudden
  • Seanan Foster
  • Odhran Casey
  • Lee O'Brien
  • Daniel Kearns green substitution 76'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Jude Winchester
  • James Knowles red substitution 61'
  • Shay McCartan 42'
  • Trai Hume
  • Jim Ervin
  • Conor Keeley red substitution 46'
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Sean Graham
  • Ben Wylie
  • Joe McCready red substitution 76'

Substitutes

  • Dylan Graham
  • Tony Kane
  • Ross Redman green substitution 46'
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 76'
  • Ryan Waide green substitution 61'
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Kavan Keenan

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