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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 22 February 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 1395

Referee: Shane Andrews

Cliftonville home-team
1 FT 0
away-team Warrenpoint Town
  •   Luke Turner 43'
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Luke Turner celebrates scoring what proved to be the match winner ©Jonathan Porter/PressEye

REDS WIN TO CLOSE GAP AT THE TOP

Cliftonville kept their title hopes very much alive with a narrow one-goal defeat of bottom club Warrenpoint Town at Solitude.

Paddy McLaughlin's charges remain third in the standings just a point behind leading duo of Linfield and Glentoran in what is developing into an intriguing three-horse race at the top of the table.

The Reds bossed possession during the opening half-an-hour and came close to breaking the deadlock when Jamie McDonagh produced a fine stop from 'Point keeper Stephen McMullan with his firm downward header after 14 minutes.

The visitors had a chance, too, when Dylan Hand saw his shot from a scrappy corner was well blocked by the home defence.

Cliftonville moved in front just a couple of minutes before the interval through defender Luke Turner when he bundled home the rebound after Ryan Curran's initial header from a corner was well saved by McMullan.

It was more of the same after the break as Paddy McLaughlin's side enjoy the majority of play without that cutting edge up front, although that almost changed after the hour when substitute Joe Gormley - only on the pitch for a few minutes - forced another good stop from McMullan.

And McMullan was called into action again twice in quick succession towards the end to keep Barry Gray's side in with a fighting chance of salvaging something from the game but the Reds managed to hold on to claim the points.

Cliftonville: McNicholas, Ives, Hale, R. Curran, McDonagh, Lowe, Addis, Doherty, Turner, Gallagher, Kearns subs McKenna (not used), McDermott (not used), C. Curran (replaced Kearns 76), O'Neill (not used), Donnelly (not used), Gormley (replaced Hale 62), Coates (not used)

Warrenpoint Town: McMullan, Ball, Hand, Dillon, Wixted, Wade Slater, Moorhouse, Leddy, McKenna, Byrne, R. O'Sullivan subs Coleman (not used), A. O'Sullivan (replaced Moorhouse 70), Gallagher (not used), McCaffrey (not used), Hutchinson (replaced Wixted 65), Shotayo (not used), Wilson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   1 - 0 Warrenpoint Town
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Larne

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Gregory Moorhouse

    Portadown

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Alan O'Sullivan

    Warrenpoint Town

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Wixted

    Warrenpoint Town

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stuart Hutchinson

    Warrenpoint Town

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    62'
  • GOAL

    Luke Turner

    Cliftonville

    43'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kealan Dillon

    Warrenpoint Town

    30'

Cliftonville

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Levi Ives
  • Rory Hale red substitution 62'
  • Ryan Curran
  • Jamie McDonagh
  • Kris Lowe
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Luke Turner 43'
  • Chris Gallagher
  • Daniel Kearns red substitution 76'

Substitutes

  • Ruadhán McKenna
  • Conor McDermott
  • Chris Curran green substitution 76'
  • Paul O'Neill
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Joe Gormley green substitution 62'
  • Colin Coates

Warrenpoint Town

  • Stephen McMullan
  • Steven Ball
  • Dylan Hand
  • Kealan Dillon 30'
  • Luke Wade-Slater
  • Gregory Moorhouse red substitution 70'
  • Jonathan Leddy
  • Daniel McKenna
  • Daniel Byrne
  • Ray O'Sullivan
  • Adam Wixted red substitution 65'

Substitutes

  • Francis McCaffrey
  • Andy Coleman
  • Luke Gallagher
  • Stuart Hutchinson green substitution 65'
  • Dauda Shotayo
  • Joshua Wilson
  • Alan O'Sullivan green substitution 70'
© Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

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