Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 26 December 2023 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 2356

Referee: Shane Andrews

Cliftonville home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Crusaders
  •   Rory Hale 14'
  •   Ben Wilson 75'
  •   Lloyd Anderson 48'
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Ben Wilson hit Cliftonville's winner ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

CLIFTONVILLE TURN NORTH BELFAST RED

Goals from Rory Hale and Ben Wilson helped Cliftonville defeat Crusaders to win the north Belfast derby at Solitude.

The Reds led at the break when Wilson sent the ball into the area from wide on the left with Hale getting the slightest of touches to nod it past Jonny Tuffey.

Crusaders hit back early in the second half, however, through Lloyd Anderson who was on hand to turn the ball home after Cliftonville keeper David Odumosu had fumbled a Ross Clarke cross.

Odumosu redeemed himself later in the half with a superb finger tip save to keep out a Jordan Owens header that looked destined for the top corner.

Owens was almost the villain a few moments later, though, when his attempted clearance from Hale's cross into the box cannoned off his own crossbar before going out for a corner.

But, with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, Cliftonville did regain the advantage after a Hale delivery deflected into the path of Wilson who duly fired it into the roof of the net from close range.

Owens then came within a whisker of hitting Crusaders' second equaliser not long after that from a Jordan Forsythe but his header came back off the inside of an upright before being cleared by Chris Gallagher.

Cliftonville: Odumosu, Addis, Gallagher, Rory Hale, Mallon, Doherty, Casey, Turner, Ronan Hale, Kearney, Wilson subs Gartside, Pepper, Stewart, Curran, Gormley, Ashford, McGuinness

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Weir, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Owens, Larmour, Smith, Robinson, Clarke, Anderson subs Williamson, Teelan, Kennedy, Maguire, McKenna, James, Bond

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   2 - 1 Crusaders
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikhail Kennedy

    Institute

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor Pepper

    Cliftonville

    84'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Malachy Smith

    Crusaders

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Teelan

    Unregistered Players

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Wilson

    Cliftonville

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    77'
  • GOAL

    Ben Wilson

    Cliftonville

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Sean Stewart

    Cliftonville

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Mallon

    Cliftonville

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Doherty

    Cliftonville

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Cliftonville

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Stewart

    Cliftonville

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sam Ashford

    Cliftonville

    66'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    52'
  • GOAL

    Lloyd Anderson

    Crusaders

    48'
  • GOAL

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    14'

Cliftonville

  • David Odumosu
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Chris Gallagher
  • Rory Hale red substitution 84' 14'
  • Stephen Mallon red substitution 66'
  • Ronan Doherty red substitution 66'
  • Odhran Casey
  • Luke Turner
  • Ronan Hale red substitution 66'
  • Shea Kearney
  • Ben Wilson red substitution 77' 75'

Substitutes

  • Nathan Gartside
  • Conor Pepper green substitution 84'
  • Sean Stewart 72' green substitution 66'
  • Chris Curran green substitution 66'
  • Joe Gormley green substitution 77'
  • Sam Ashford green substitution 66'
  • Stephen McGuinness

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns 52'
  • Robbie Weir red substitution 87'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 81'
  • Jordan Owens
  • Daniel Larmour
  • Malachy Smith red substitution 78'
  • Joshua Robinson
  • Ross Clarke
  • Lloyd Anderson 48'

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • James Teelan green substitution 78'
  • Mikhail Kennedy green substitution 87'
  • Bradley Maguire
  • Oscar McKenna
  • Jonathan James
  • Karter Bond
© Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

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