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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 16 October 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 2105

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Cliftonville home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Larne
  •   Rory Hale 10' 64'
  •   David McDaid 38'
football
Rory Hale heads home Cliftonville's winner ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

HALE DOUBLE KEEPS REDS AHEAD OF THE PACK

Rory Hale hit a double at Solitude as Cliftonville continued their unbeaten run to defeat Larne and maintain a two point gap at the top of the table.

A bright start to the game saw Joe Gormley test Rohan Ferguson with a header early on while, for Larne, Ben Doherty blasted a low effort straight at Declan Dunne.

Cliftonville edged in front after just ten minutes with Hale's first of the afternoon. Levi Ives sent over a pass from the left for Ronan Doherty to have a shot on goal but that was blocked only for the ball to fall for Hale to send a first time volley past Ferguson and into the net.

The Reds had a chance to double their advantage around the half-hour mark after a poor clearance from Ferguson only went as far as Ryan Curran but his attempt to make the opportunity count was blocked by Albert Watson.

Ferguson was called into action soon after when Kris Lowe charged forward to have a shot on goal but the visiting keeper did well to gather.

Larne levelled seven minutes before half-time. Tomas Cosgrove did well to send over a great cross for David McDaid to control and turn past Dunne from close range.

Cliftonville had an opportunity to extend their lead early in the second half on the counter attack but Hale, from a Gormley lay off, could only drag his shot wide.

The sides traded chances around the hour. Ferguson proved equal to another Lowe effort before play switched for Graham Kelly to see an effort blocked with Dunne then turning away a curler from Doherty.

However Cliftonville's winner came on 64 minutes. Jamie McDonagh provided the assist on this occasion with a cross from the right side for Hale to meet with his head and direct the ball beyond Ferguson from close range.

Larne pushed for the equaliser as the game progressed although they were largely restricted to a few long range efforts although Kelly did have a real opening just before the end only to volley over.

Cliftonville: Dunne, Ives, Hale, R. Curran, McDonagh, Lowe, Addis, Doherty, Gormley, Turner, Gallagher subs McNicholas (not used), Harney (not used), C. Curran (replaced Hale 66), O’Neill (replaced Gormley 85), Foster (replaced Lowe 85), Donnelly (replaced Ives 21), Kearns (not used)

Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Kelly, Watson, Nasseri, Randall, McDaid, Doherty, Lynch, Mitchell, Cosgrove subs Argyrides (not used), Sule (replaced Mitchell 66), Herron (replaced Randall 74), Hale (replaced McDaid 74), Scott (replaced Nasseri 66), Hughes (not used), Jarvis (not used)

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

    Kris Lowe

    Cliftonville

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Seanan Foster

    Cliftonville

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ronan Doherty

    Cliftonville

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Larne

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    John Herron

    Larne

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    74'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Gallagher

    Cliftonville

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Larne

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Mitchell

    Larne

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Fuad Sule

    Larne

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Scott

    Larne

    66'
  • GOAL

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andy Mitchell

    Larne

    42'
  • GOAL

    David McDaid

    Larne

    38'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Levi Ives

    Cliftonville

    21'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Donnelly

    Cliftonville

    21'
  • GOAL

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    10'

Cliftonville

  • Declan Dunne
  • Levi Ives red substitution 21'
  • Rory Hale red substitution 66' 10' 64'
  • Ryan Curran
  • Jamie McDonagh
  • Kris Lowe red substitution 85'
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ronan Doherty 79'
  • Joe Gormley red substitution 85'
  • Luke Turner
  • Chris Gallagher 70'

Substitutes

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Jamie Harney
  • Chris Curran green substitution 66'
  • Paul O'Neill green substitution 85'
  • Seanan Foster green substitution 85'
  • Aaron Donnelly green substitution 21'
  • Daniel Kearns

Larne

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Graham Kelly
  • Albert Watson
  • Navid Nasseri red substitution 66'
  • Mark Randall red substitution 74'
  • David McDaid red substitution 74' 38'
  • Ben Doherty
  • Lee Lynch
  • Andy Mitchell 42' red substitution 66'
  • Tomas Cosgrove

Substitutes

  • Michael Argyrides
  • Fuad Sule green substitution 66'
  • John Herron green substitution 74'
  • Ronan Hale green substitution 74'
  • Andy Scott green substitution 66'
  • Jeff Hughes
  • Dean Jarvis
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