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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 8 March 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: BetMcLean Oval

Attendance: 3750

Referee: Tim Marshall

Glentoran home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Rory Hale 51'
football
Rory Hale is mobbed by his Cliftonville team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game ©Jonathan Porter/INPHO

REDS 'HALE' RORY'S WINNER

Cliftonville collected a potentially crucial three points in the race for the title with a narrow victory over Glentoran at the BetMcLean Oval.

The first half was full of industry at both ends of the pitch, although it was the Glens - going into the game on top of the table - that posed the most threat in front of goal.

Jay Donnelly had an early chance at the back post but couldn't control the ball enough to make it count while, a little later, Seanan Clucas pounced on a short back pass only to fail to get the better of keeper Luke McNicholas in a 50/50 situation.

The Glens did have the ball in the net after that but Hrvoje Plum's finish after Conor McMenamin, who had played the ball across the face of goal, was adjudged to have been offside.

At the other end the on form Jamie McDonagh had a chance on the edge of the area but couldn't prevent the ball going over the top.

But Glentoran continued to look the more likely to find a way through with Donnelly and McMenamin both having opportunities later in the ultimately scoreless first half.

However, the deadlock was finally broken six minutes into the second half with what proved to be the only goal of the game when Rory Hale slotted past Aaron McCarey after getting on the end of Ryan Curran's ball forward from the edge of the area.

McMenamin squandered a big chance to level just a few minutes after that with a header straight at McNicholas from a right-sided cross.

Rory Donnelly was next to have a go for the Glens but he couldn't direct his 61st minute effort on target, and this was followed soon after with another McMenamin effort which McNicholas did well to save out.

Looking to double their advantage, Cliftonville offered up a McDonagh long range effort but McCarey got down well to deal with the low ball.

With time running out Glentoran stepped up a gear but despite Jay Donnelly and Shay McCartan having opportunities they couldn't craft that elusive equaliser ... although they almost found a way through right at the end of normal time only for Bobby Burns to volley just past the far post from Robbie McDaid's clipped ball onto the edge of the area.

Glentoran: McCarey, Burns, Marshall, J. Donnelly, R. Donnelly, Murray, Clucas, Marron, McMenamin, Plum, Cole subs Garrett (not used), McCartan (replaced Cole 75), McDaid (replaced R. Donnelly 70), O’Connor (replaced Murray 82), Cushnie (not used), Wightman (not used), Glendinning (not used)

Cliftonville: McNicholas, Ives, Hale, R. Curran, McDonagh, Lowe, Addis, Doherty, Turner, Gallagher, Kearns subs McKenna, McDermott, C. Curran (replaced McDonagh 84), O’Neill, Donnelly (replaced Doherty 84), Gormley (replaced Hale 65), Coates (replaced Addis 59)

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

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Doherty

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Donnelly

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Murray

    Glentoran

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael O'Connor

    Glentoran

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Darren Cole

    Glentoran

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shay McCartan

    Glentoran

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Caolan Marron

    Glentoran

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ruaidhrí Donnelly

    Glentoran

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie McDaid

    Glentoran

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Addis

    Cliftonville

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Colin Coates

    Cliftonville

    59'
  • GOAL

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    51'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ruaidhrí Donnelly

    Glentoran

    23'

Glentoran

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Bobby Burns
  • Rhys Marshall
  • Jay Donnelly
  • Ruaidhrí Donnelly 23' red substitution 70'
  • Sean Murray red substitution 82'
  • Seanan Clucas
  • Caolan Marron 72'
  • Conor McMenamin
  • Hrvoje Plum
  • Darren Cole red substitution 75'

Substitutes

  • William Garrett
  • Shay McCartan green substitution 75'
  • Robbie McDaid green substitution 70'
  • Michael O'Connor green substitution 82'
  • Ben Cushnie
  • Aaron Wightman
  • Ross Glendinning

Cliftonville

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Levi Ives
  • Rory Hale red substitution 65' 51'
  • Ryan Curran
  • Jamie McDonagh red substitution 84'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Jonathan Addis red substitution 59'
  • Ronan Doherty red substitution 84'
  • Luke Turner
  • Chris Gallagher
  • Daniel Kearns

Substitutes

  • Ruadhán McKenna
  • Conor McDermott
  • Chris Curran green substitution 84'
  • Paul O'Neill
  • Aaron Donnelly green substitution 84'
  • Joe Gormley green substitution 65'
  • Colin Coates green substitution 59'
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