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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 21 January 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Inver Park

Attendance: 2250

Referee: Steven Gregg

Larne home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Ryan Curran 13'
football
Cliftonville scorer Ryan Curran shields the ball from Kofi Balmer ©Jonathan Porter/INPHO

CURRAN STRIKE ENOUGH FOR CLIFTONVILLE

An early Ryan Curran finish proved enough for Cliftonville to defeat Larne at Inver Park.

Larne might have opened the scoring with around ten minutes on the clock when Tomas Cosgrove sent over a cross from the right for Ronan Hale but he could only direct his header straight at keeper Luke McNicholas.

But the deadlock was broken in favour of the visitors on 13 minutes after a Jonny Addis punt out of defence reached Ryan Curran who beat Rohan Ferguson to the ball to head home from inside the area.

Larne pressed for the equaliser, and might have grabbed it later in the half through John Herron who saw his first effort charged down and his follow up go just wide of an upright.

At the other end Cliftonville came close to doubling their advantage when Conor McDermott's drilled effort from distance was pushed away by Ferguson before another Curran effort was deflected just over the top.

Ben Doherty and Lee Bonis combined for Larne early in the second half for the former to see his long range attempt go over while, for Cliftonville, Kris Lowe's back post chance from Levi Ives' corner was blocked on the line from Cian Bolger.

As the game progressed Larne continued to seek out the leveller, and might have found it just after the hour when Bonis rose to meet a Cosgrove delivery but could only head over at the back post while Doherty had an effort from a good position blocked by Luke Turner.

Both sides had their chances late on. David McDaid did well to turn inside the box to test McNicholas with a rifled effort with Paul O'Neill fizzing an effort on target only to be saved by Larne substitute keeper Conor Devlin.

Tiernan Lynch's side had one last chance in the closing moments when Mark Randall offered up a curling effort outside the area only for the ball to whistle just past the post.

Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Kelly, Herron, Randall, Hale, Doherty, Bolger, Bonis, Cosgrove, Jarvis subs Devlin (replaced Ferguson 46), Watson (not used), Nasseri (not used), McDaid (replaced Hale 76), Scott (replaced Jarvis 76), Lynch (replaced Doherty 83), Mitchell (not used)

Cliftonville: McNicholas, McDermott, Ives, R. Curran, McDonagh, Lowe, Addis, Doherty, Turner, Gallagher, Kearns subs McKenna (not used), Harney (replaced McDonagh 80), C. Curran (replaced McDermott 58), O'Neill (replaced Kearns 70), Donnelly (replaced Doherty 70), Gormley (not used), Coates (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Larne   0 - 1 Cliftonville
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Coleraine

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Harney

    Unregistered Players

    80'
  •  Yellow Card

    Cian Bolger

    Larne

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Cliftonville

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Dean Jarvis

    Coleraine

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Scott

    Larne

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Doherty

    Cliftonville

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Larne

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Larne

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Donnelly

    Larne

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McDermott

    Coleraine

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    58'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    55'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kofi Balmer

    Unregistered Players

    50'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rohan Ferguson

    Larne

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor Devlin

    Unregistered Players

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ronan Doherty

    Cliftonville

    35'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    32'
  •  Yellow Card

    Rohan Ferguson

    Larne

    14'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    13'

Larne

  • Rohan Ferguson 14' red substitution 46'
  • Kofi Balmer 50'
  • Graham Kelly
  • John Herron
  • Mark Randall 32'
  • Ronan Hale red substitution 76'
  • Ben Doherty red substitution 83'
  • Cian Bolger 77'
  • Lee Bonis
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Dean Jarvis red substitution 76'

Substitutes

  • Conor Devlin green substitution 46'
  • Albert Watson
  • Navid Nasseri
  • David McDaid green substitution 76'
  • Andy Scott green substitution 76'
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 83'
  • Andy Mitchell

Cliftonville

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Conor McDermott red substitution 58'
  • Levi Ives
  • Ryan Curran 13'
  • Jamie McDonagh 55' red substitution 80'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ronan Doherty 35' red substitution 70'
  • Luke Turner
  • Chris Gallagher
  • Daniel Kearns red substitution 70'

Substitutes

  • Ruadhán McKenna
  • Jamie Harney green substitution 80'
  • Chris Curran green substitution 58'
  • Paul O'Neill green substitution 70'
  • Aaron Donnelly green substitution 70'
  • Joe Gormley
  • Colin Coates
© Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

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