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Cliftonville conceded two controversial penalties en route to defeat against Ballymena United in this afternoon's
Danske Bank Premiership clash at The Showgrounds.
Ahead through Davy McDaid, the Reds were pegged back when Tony Kane scored from the spot after Conor
McCloskey took a tumble under pressure from Eamonn Seydak.
A horribly deflected Cathair Friel effort put the hosts in front and, when Seydak was harshly adjudged to have handled
in the box, Kane once again slotted home a penalty ahead of Ross Lavery registering a late consolation.
After Ballymena had carved out two virtually identical openings in the first couple of minutes, the Reds went close to
making the breakthrough courtesy of Seydak but, shortly after his shot was scrambled away by a relieved home
defence, McDaid found the net after Stephen Garrett had been fed by a sublime Jude Winchester pass.
Jason McGuinness then threatened with a header before Gary Thompson was off target with a long-range drive for the
hosts, who pulled level on the hour when Kane registered his first penalty of the day.
If the Reds felt hard done by for that goal, they were positively cursing their luck when Friel put United ahead with an
effort that took a horrible deflection off McGuinness and beyond the despairing grasp of wrong-footed goalkeeper
Jason Mooney.
With five minutes remaining, referee Arnold Hunter awarded the Sky Blues a second spot-kick when Johnny
McMurray's cross struck Seydak's arm, allowing Kane to convert again.
Cliftonville reduced the arrears with a well-taken goal from half-time substitute Lavery but there would be no
injury-time rally as Ballymena held on for victory.
Reds pay the penalty
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Ballymena United 3-2 Cliftonville
The Official Photographers of Cliftonville FC
Jason Mooney takes command as Jason McGuinness tussles with Kyle Owens; Davy McDaid pounces to open the
scoring and (right) Ruairi Harkin challenges Gary Thompson
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Caoimhin Bonner
Daniel Hughes
Ross Lavery
Aaron Donnelly
Gary Donnelly

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Substitutes
Cliftonville XI
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Jason Mooney
Jaimie McGovern
Jason McGuinness
Chris Curran
Davy McDaid
Stephen Garrett
Eamonn Seydak
Ruairi Harkin
Jude Winchester
Jay Donnelly
Tomas Cosgrove
Date
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Competition
Danske Bank
Premiership

Venue
The Showgrounds, Ballymena
Attendance
1019