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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 26 February 2022 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 2035

Referee: Tony Clarke

Cliftonville home-team
3 FT 1
away-team Crusaders
  •   Jonathan Addis 13'
  •   Ryan Curran 45'
  •   Levi Ives 79'
  •   Joshua Robinson 43'
football
Paul Heatley and Ryan Curran in action ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

REDS REIGN IN NORTH BELFAST

Cliftonville claimed the North Belfast derby honours with a 3-1 defeat of neighbours Crusaders at Solitude.

The Reds started brightly, enjoying periods of possession and a number of chances before, with 13 minutes on the clock, Jonny Addis opened the scoring with a downward header after connecting with Jamie McDonagh's inswinging corner.

The Crues responded well to going behind with Jordan Forsythe threatening with an effort just over after bringing the ball inside soon after.

However, the Crues were dealt a blow midway through the first half when Declan Caddell was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Chris Gallagher.

Buoyed by this, Cliftonville went in search of a second goal and almost grabbed it when Addis came close to doubling his tally only for his header from a McDonagh free-kick to be well kept out by Jonny Tuffey.

But Crusaders levelled a couple of minutes from the break through Josh Robinson who rose at the back post to nod home from Jarlath O'Rourke's free-kick.

Cliftonville regained the advantage in stoppage time, however, when Ryan Curran found himself through one-on-one to confidently slot the ball past Tuffey.

The second half took a little while to get going, but the Reds looked the more likely to add to the goal tally with Chris Gallagher testing Tuffey as did Daniel Kearns later in proceedings while, with around a quarter-of-an-hour to go, McDonagh was unable to convert at the back post from a Levi Ives cross.

That third goal did arrive with 11 minutes to go, though, when good build up play from Kearns and McDonagh teed Ives up to fire a strong finish home from the edge of the box.

Cliftonville: McNicholas, Ives, Hale, Curran, McDonagh, Lowe, Addis, Doherty, Turner, Gallagher, Kearns subs McKenna, McDermott, Curran, O’Neill, Donnelly, Gormley, Coates

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Wilson, Lowry, Caddell, Forsythe, O’Rourke, Winchester, Heatley, Robinson, Clarke subs Shields, Hegarty, Weir, Lecky, Patterson, Owes, McMurray

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   3 - 1 Crusaders
  •  Yellow Card

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    90+3'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • GOAL

    Levi Ives

    Cliftonville

    79'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    73'
  •  Yellow Card

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    70'
  •  Yellow Card

    Daniel Kearns

    Larne

    66'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    45'
  • GOAL

    Joshua Robinson

    Crusaders

    43'
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    31'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Donnelly

    Larne

    28'
  •  Red Card

    Declan Caddell

    Unregistered Players

    28'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan Addis

    Cliftonville

    13'

Cliftonville

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Rory Hale red substitution 73'
  • Jonathan Addis 13'
  • Jamie McDonagh red substitution 84'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Ryan Curran 45'
  • Levi Ives 79'
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Luke Turner
  • Chris Gallagher
  • Daniel Kearns 66'

Substitutes

  • Ruadhán McKenna
  • Conor McDermott
  • Chris Curran green substitution 73'
  • Paul O'Neill
  • Aaron Donnelly 28'
  • Joe Gormley 90+3' green substitution 84'
  • Colin Coates

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns red substitution 86'
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Philip Lowry 70'
  • Declan Caddell 28'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 77'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Paul Heatley 31' red substitution 77'
  • Joshua Robinson 43'
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Robbie Weir green substitution 86'
  • Adam Lecky
  • Lewis Patterson
  • Jordan Owens
  • Jonathan McMurray green substitution 77'
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