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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 18 December 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 1051

Referee: Christopher Morrison

Cliftonville home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Carrick Rangers
  •   Paul O'Neill 17'
  •   Ryan Curran 44'
football
Ryan Curran doubled Cliftonville's lead just before the break ©Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

FIRST HALF FINISHES SEND REDS BACK TO THE TOP

First half goals from Paul O'Neill and Ryan Curran fired Cliftonville back to the top of the table after victory over Carrick Rangers at Solitude.

The Reds had been knocked off the summit overnight following wins for both Linfield and Glentoran but restored their two point advantage the following afternoon.

O'Neill opened the scoring for Paddy McLaughlin's side with just over a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock. Levi Ives created the opportunity with a ball over the top for O'Neill to run onto and chip the finish over keeper Matthew Skeet into the corner of the net.

Cliftonville might have doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark when, from Jamie McDonagh's delivery, Joe Gormley headed wide at the back post.

However Curran did make it 2-0 a minute from the break. Conor McDermott knocked the ball into the middle of the box for the unmarked Curran to direct a half volley home.

And there was almost a third moments after that only for O'Neill's header from a Gormley cross to be scrambled off the line.

Gormley then came close nine minutes into the second half with an effort into the side netting while, for Carrick, Alex Gawne threatened with a 20-yard drive which sailed just over.

Indeed, Carrick had further opportunities later in the game to fashion a comeback of sorts. Lloyd Anderson will regret dragging a low effort wide of the target after the home defence failed to clear, while Luke McNicholas took three attempts to deal with another ball under pressure from Emmett McGuckin.

Cliftonville: McNicholas, McDermott, Ives, C. Curran, R. Curran, O'Neill, J. McDonagh, Lowe, Addis, Gormley, Turner subs Dunne (not used), Harney (not used), Hale (replaced McDonagh 90), A. Donnelly (replaced Lowe 86), Doherty (replaced McDermott 75), Coates (not used), Kearns (replaced Gormley 75)

Carrick Rangers: Skeet, Forsythe, Ervin, Cushley, McGuckin, D. Kelly, Gawne, Cherry, Gibson, Tilney, Anderson subs Shields (not used), Gordon (not used), E. Kelly (replaced Gawne 82), Kalla (replaced Cushley 82), McGimpsey (replaced Anderson 87), Hoy (replaced Ervin 87), Quinn (replaced Cherry 82)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   2 - 0 Carrick Rangers
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jim Ervin

    Carrick Rangers

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lloyd Anderson

    Carrick Rangers

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross McGimpsey

    Carrick Rangers

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Bailey Hoy

    Carrick Rangers

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kris Lowe

    Cliftonville

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Donnelly

    Cliftonville

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Carrick Rangers

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Alex Gawne

    Carrick Rangers

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle Cherry

    Carrick Rangers

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ewan Kelly

    Carrick Rangers

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Kalla

    Carrick Rangers

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor Quinn

    Carrick Rangers

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McDermott

    Cliftonville

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Doherty

    Cliftonville

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Cliftonville

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    63'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jim Ervin

    Carrick Rangers

    45'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    44'
  • GOAL

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    17'

Cliftonville

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Conor McDermott red substitution 75'
  • Levi Ives
  • Chris Curran
  • Paul O'Neill 17'
  • Ryan Curran 44'
  • Jamie McDonagh red substitution 90'
  • Kris Lowe red substitution 86'
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Joe Gormley 63' red substitution 75'
  • Luke Turner

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Jamie Harney
  • Rory Hale green substitution 90'
  • Aaron Donnelly green substitution 86'
  • Ronan Doherty green substitution 75'
  • Colin Coates
  • Daniel Kearns green substitution 75'

Carrick Rangers

  • Matthew Skeet
  • Kurtis Forsythe
  • Jim Ervin 45' red substitution 87'
  • David Cushley red substitution 82'
  • Emmett McGuckin
  • Daniel Kelly
  • Alex Gawne red substitution 82'
  • Kyle Cherry red substitution 82'
  • Jordan Gibson
  • Ben Tilney
  • Lloyd Anderson red substitution 87'

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Steven Gordon
  • Ewan Kelly green substitution 82'
  • Ronan Kalla green substitution 82'
  • Ross McGimpsey green substitution 87'
  • Bailey Hoy green substitution 87'
  • Conor Quinn green substitution 82'
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