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Match Centre

Premiership
Monday 17 January 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 2150

Referee: Andrew Davey

Cliftonville home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Glentoran
  •   Jamie McDonagh 5'
  •   Jay Donnelly 45' 50'
football
Jay Donnelly heads home his second goal of the evening against Cliftonville ©Stephen Hamilton / Presseye

DONNELLY DOUBLE SENDS GLENS SECOND

Jay Donnelly's double strike for Glentoran against his former club Cliftonville moved the East Belfast men into second place in the Danske Bank Premiership table.

The Reds struck first in stunning fashion on four minutes as Luke Turner fed Jamie McDonagh and the winger cut inside and curled a superb shot from 30-yards which beat McCarey all the way.

An even first half failed to hit the early heights, as Joe Gormley laid claim to a penalty on 23 minutes after being upended by Patrick McClean, but referee Andrew Davey booked the Cliftonville striker for simulation.

Glentoran had to bide their time and equalised in the last minute of the first period as Rhys Marshall broke down the flank and delivered a cross into Jay Donnelly and the Premiership’s leading marksman nipped ahead of Jonny Addis in to knock home.

The visitors started the second half as strongly as they finished the first, as Patrick McClean’s header from a corner almost put Glentoran in front as it took both a save from McNicholas and a goal-line clearance from McDermott to prevent the effort going in.

The Glens did go ahead on 50 minutes when Hrvoje Plum’s corner was met by the unmarked Jay Donnelly who directed a powerful header home for his second goal of the evening and his 21st of the league campaign.

Cliftonville piled on the pressure for large parts of the second half and it almost paid off when Kris Lowe hit a rasping drive with two minutes remaining which brought out the best in Glentoran goalkeeper Aaron McCarey who had to react quickly to get an outstretched hand to stop the goalbound effort.

McCarey came to the rescue almost immediately after the Lowe effort to better himself with a further save from Levi Ives’ free-kick as Glentoran held out for a valuable three points in the Danske Bank Premiership title race.

Cliftonville: McNicholas, McDermott, Ives, R. Curran, McDonagh, Lowe, Addis, Doherty, Gormley, Turner, Gallagher subs McKenna (not used), Harney (not used), C. Curran (replaced Gallagher 70), O'Neill (replaced McDonagh 76), Donnelly (not used), Coates (not used), Kearns (replaced McDermott 59)

Glentoran: McCarey, Burns, Marshall, J. Donnelly, R. Donnelly, McDaid, Murray, McClean, Clucas, Marron, Plum subs Garrett (not used), Mitchell (not used), O'Connor (replaced J. Donnelly 78), Smith (not used), Crowe (replaced Murray 77), Cushnie (not used), Glendinning (not used)

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

    Jay Donnelly

    Glentoran

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael O'Connor

    Glentoran

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Murray

    Glentoran

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Crowe

    Glentoran

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Gallagher

    Cliftonville

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McDermott

    Cliftonville

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Cliftonville

    59'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ruaidhrí Donnelly

    Glentoran

    59'
  • GOAL

    Jay Donnelly

    Glentoran

    50'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor McDermott

    Cliftonville

    45'
  • GOAL

    Jay Donnelly

    Glentoran

    45'
  •  Yellow Card

    Rhys Marshall

    Glentoran

    43'
  •  Yellow Card

    Seanan Clucas

    Glentoran

    40'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    23'
  • GOAL

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    5'

Cliftonville

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Conor McDermott 45' red substitution 59'
  • Levi Ives
  • Ryan Curran
  • Jamie McDonagh red substitution 76' 5'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley 23'
  • Luke Turner
  • Chris Gallagher red substitution 70'

Substitutes

  • Ruadhán McKenna
  • Jamie Harney
  • Chris Curran green substitution 70'
  • Paul O'Neill green substitution 76'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Colin Coates
  • Daniel Kearns green substitution 59'

Glentoran

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Bobby Burns
  • Rhys Marshall 43'
  • Jay Donnelly red substitution 78' 45' 50'
  • Ruaidhrí Donnelly 59'
  • Robbie McDaid
  • Sean Murray red substitution 77'
  • Patrick McClean
  • Seanan Clucas 40'
  • Caolan Marron
  • Hrvoje Plum

Substitutes

  • William Garrett
  • Andrew Mitchell
  • Michael O'Connor green substitution 78'
  • Malachy Smith
  • Joe Crowe green substitution 77'
  • Ben Cushnie
  • Ross Glendinning
© Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

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