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Darren Murray set Cliftonville on course for a return to winning ways against Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park this
afternoon.
After the hosts had midfielder Liam Flatley sent off, Murray blasted the Reds in front and, though Adam Lecky levelled
for United on the stroke of half-time, the winning goal arrived when Chris Curran's wicked cross was turned into his
own net by the unfortunate Ryan McConnell - although Cliftonville were made to sweat for victory and heaved a sigh of
relief was Jason McCartney steered a penalty wide of the post.
The Reds had enjoyed a bright opening to proceedings but were simply unable to fashion a breakthrough; Jay
Donnelly twice going close after some inventive work by Stephen Garrett.
Ballinamallard were reduced to 10 men in harsh circumstances when Flatley's collision with Jason McGuinness was
deemed worthy of a straight red card by referee Keith Kennedy and the visitors wasted little time in making their
numerical advantage count - Murray racing onto Tomas Cosgrove's pass to smash an unstoppable first-time strike
beyond goalkeeper James McGrath.
On course to comfortably maintain their lead going into the interval, Cliftonville were rocked when Lecky netted with the
final kick of the first-half after Jason Mooney had failed to keep hold of a flighted free-kick delivery.
After the break, Jay Donnelly went close to scoring from a Ross Lavery cross and Murray twice went close to his
second of the afternoon before the Reds pulled back in front when Curran - introduced from the bench just seconds
earlier - set off on an assertive charge down the flank and whipped in a ball which McConnell turned past McGrath at
the near post.
The Mallards were presented with a golden chance to level 10 minutes from time when Jaimie McGovern was
adjudged to have felled Lecky inside the area but McCartney sent his penalty wide of the mark and Cliftonville's
margin of victory might have been more comfortable were it not for a fine McGrath save to turn Ruairi Harkin's fierce
drive onto the crossbar.
Murr like it
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Ballinamallard United 1-2 Cliftonville
The Official Photographers of Cliftonville FC
Ruairi Harkin steps past the challenge of Adam Lecky; Jason McGuinness clears under pressure and (right) Darren
Murray battles with Ross Taheny
Attendance
TBC
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Caoimhin Bonner
Chris Curran
Davy McDaid
Martin Donnelly
Gary Donnelly

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[19]
Substitutes
Cliftonville XI
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3.
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16.
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23.
Jason Mooney
Jaimie McGovern
Levi Ives
Jason McGuinness
Stephen Garrett
Ruairi Harkin
Jude Winchester
Darren Murray
Jay Donnelly
Ross Lavery
Tomas Cosgrove
Date
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Competition
Danske Bank
Premiership

Venue
Ferney Park, Ballinamallard