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Cliftonville left it late to finally break Ballinamallard United's stubborn resistance at Solitude, where Davy McDaid
pounced in the fifth minute of injury-time to secure a hard-earned Danske Bank Premiership success.
Though the Reds' only prior shot on target had come little more than 60 seconds earlier, there was no doubting which
side had been in the ascendancy throughout the contest; the hosts dominating possession from the word go but
lacking the clinical edge necessary to make the breakthrough before McDaid's last-gasp heroics.
While Martin Donnelly and Chris Curran had sent attempts wide of the mark, Cliftonville's only real effort of note in the
first-half came on 26 minutes when, spotting goalkeeper James McGrath off his line, James Knowles tried his luck
from virtually the halfway line only to send his strike harmlessly off target.
In a rare foray forward, the Mallards threatened when Ryan Mayse bought himself some space wide on the right and
drove inside before forcing Peter Burke to turn the ball behind with his feet.
The second period provided similar levels of goalmouth action; Shane McCabe shooting wide for the visitors before
McDaid nodded over from a Donnelly free-kick.
Knowles and Jude Winchester each saw themselves crowded out inside a busy penalty area but, as the clock ticked
down, a surging charge from McDaid ended with a teasing cross that Winchester was just unable to get a touch on at
the far post.
Cliftonville's best chance to win the game looked to have come and gone in the third minute of stoppage time when
Winchester's header was wonderfully controlled by McDaid, who looked on in frustration as his volley was comfortably
dealt with by McGrath.
There was, however, still time for the Reds to fashion one final opening and this time McDaid made no mistake;
seizing on a Jason McGuinness flick to skip past Liam McMenamin and smartly lift the ball over the advancing
McGrath to spark scenes of joyous celebration - including the scorer's memorable two-footed tackle on the advertising
hoardings behind the goal.
Daid wait
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Cliftonville 1-0 Ballinamallard United
The Official Photographers of Cliftonville FC
Jaimie McGovern closes in on Shane McCabe, while Davy McDaid lifts the ball over goalkeeper James McGrath
before joining the advertising boards for an unusual celebration
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Jason Mooney
Caoimhin Bonner
Stephen Garrett
Ross Lavery
Gary Donnelly


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Substitutes
Cliftonville XI
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Peter Burke
Jaimie McGovern
Levi Ives
Jason McGuinness
Chris Curran
James Knowles
Davy McDaid
Martin Donnelly
Ryan Catney
Jude Winchester
Tomas Cosgrove
Date
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Competition
Danske Bank
Premiership

Venue
Solitude, Belfast
Attendance
TBC

Half Gate Draw Number
46693