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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 9 April 2022 (kick off: 5.30 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 2384

Referee: Andrew Davey

Cliftonville home-team
0 FT 0
away-team Linfield
football
Conor McDermott and Jordan Stewart in action ©Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

NOTHING BETWEEN REDS AND BLUES AT SOLITUDE

Title contenders Cliftonville and Linfield battled to a tense scoreless draw at Solitude.

The Reds crafted the first notable effort of the game inside the opening ten minutes when Chris Gallagher had a go from just outside the area but could only look on as his shot fell the wrong side of the post.

Linfield might have moved in front just after the quarter-of-an-hour mark following Christy Manzinga's run to get on the end of a Chris McKee pass but he couldn't find a way of directing the ball past Luke McNicholas.

The Blues came close again on 30 minutes after Kyle McClean slipped the ball on for Kirk Millar who, in turn, left it off for McKee but he could only fire over from a good position.

Cliftonville had a chance a few minutes after that through Joe Gormley but his driven effort was beaten away by Chris Johns while Ryan Curran's follow-up was blocked.

And Curran had another opportunity on the stroke of half-time but his headed effort from Gormley's cross was glanced wide.

Cliftonville's best chance so far came early in the second half after the ball fell for Gormley from a failed clearance but he could only fire over despite being well placed.

Gormley threatened again not long after that but his shot was denied by a superb reaction stop from Johns.

At the other end substitute Jordan Stewart played Manzinga through but the French forward could only fire over while, a little after that, Linfield skipper Jamie Mulgrew fired towards goal but, again, the ball failed to hit the target.

Then, on 81 minutes, Manzinga proved to be a danger again after rushing into the area and getting past Colin Coates only to fire across the face of goal.

Cliftonville had a great chance with a minute of normal time remaining. Chris Curran released Gormley down the right to then flash the ball into the box to which Ryan Curran just failed to make a connection.

Cliftonville: McNicholas, McDermott, Ives, R. Curran, O'Neill, Addis, Gormley, Turner, Gallagher, Coates, Kearns subs McKenna (not used), Harney (not used), C. Curran (replaced O'Neill 83), Hale (not used), Lowe (replaced McDermott 89), Donnelly (not used), Doherty (replaced Kearns 78)

Linfield: Johns, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Manzinga, Hall, M. Clarke, McKee, McClean, Fallon, Pepper subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe (not used), Stewart (replaced McKee 66), Devine (replaced Millar 80), Mulgrew (replaced Fallon 10), Quinn (not used), Hastie (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   0 - 0 Linfield
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McDermott

    Coleraine

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kris Lowe

    Cliftonville

    89'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Gallagher

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Larne

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Larne

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Doherty

    Cliftonville

    78'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan Addis

    Cliftonville

    73'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor McDermott

    Coleraine

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    66'
  •  Yellow Card

    Daniel Kearns

    Larne

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor Pepper

    Linfield

    28'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    10'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    10'

Cliftonville

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Conor McDermott 69' red substitution 89'
  • Levi Ives
  • Ryan Curran
  • Paul O'Neill red substitution 83'
  • Jonathan Addis 73'
  • Joe Gormley
  • Luke Turner
  • Chris Gallagher 84'
  • Colin Coates
  • Daniel Kearns 56' red substitution 78'

Substitutes

  • Ruadhán McKenna
  • Jamie Harney
  • Chris Curran green substitution 83'
  • Rory Hale
  • Kris Lowe green substitution 89'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Ronan Doherty green substitution 78'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Chris Shields
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 80'
  • Christy Manzinga
  • Ben Hall
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Chris McKee red substitution 66'
  • Kyle McClean
  • Stephen Fallon red substitution 10'
  • Conor Pepper 28'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Jordan Stewart green substitution 66'
  • Ethan Devine green substitution 80'
  • Jamie Mulgrew green substitution 10'
  • Niall Quinn
  • Jake Hastie

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