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Davy McDaid emerged from the bench to score the goal that earned Cliftonville victory over Carrick Rangers at
Solitude this afternoon.
Dominant throughout this Danske Bank Premiership contest, the Reds were thwarted time and again by visiting
keeper Brian Neeson before McDaid latched onto a cross from fellow substitute Stephen Garrett to find the net with 11
minutes left on the clock.
Things might have been different had Jude Winchester been able to open the scoring with an early chance but, after
being threaded through on goal by Daniel Hughes, he became the first player of the day to be thwarted by Neeson.
Shortly afterwards, Rangers' keeper made a flying stop from Ruairi Harkin before Jay Donnelly dragged an attempt
across the face of goal and wide.
In a rare venture forward, Carrick came close to breaking the deadlock themselves when Adam Salley's smart effort
came back off the crossbar before Jaimie McGovern averted the danger by chesting the ball back into the grasp of
keeper Peter Burke.
Back at the other end, Martin Donnelly brought a stop out of Neeson before a triple save - denying Winchester, Levi
Ives and then Winchester again - somehow preserved the stalemate ahead of skipper Jason McGuinness hooking an
effort onto the roof of the net.
Carrick should have gone ahead on 29 minutes when Gareth McKeown's long throw-in virtually crept along the
goal-line, with Jonathan Wilson unable to react in time to touch over the line.
The first-half ended with a Harkin free-kick being saved by Neeson, with the second period commencing with
Winchester scaling the crossbar.
Harkin was then off target before McGuinness saw a header stopped by Neeson, only for Rangers to come within
inches of an eye-catching breakthrough when former Reds forward Martin Murray crashed a long-range drive off the
inside of the post.
The same upright stopped Nathan Hanley from netting a free-kick before Cliftonville regained control of proceedings;
Winchester whistling a shot just wide and Jay Donnelly seeing penalty appeals waved away by referee Ross Dunlop
after taking a tumble under pressure from Steven McCullough.
The goal finally came on 79 minutes when Garrett's dogged persistence down the left ended with a low cross which,
though Ives was unable to finish off, fell perfectly into the path of McDaid, who made no mistake.
Despite being good value for the win, the Reds were indebted to Burke for a fingertip save in injury-time just when it
looked like McKeown's opportunist strike was set to sneak below the crossbar.
Daid wait
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Cliftonville 1-0 Carrick Rangers
The Official Photographers of Cliftonville FC
Levi Ives is denied by Carrick goalkeeper Brian Neeson; Jason McGuinness battles with Paddy McNally and (right) Jay
Donnelly holds off Martin Murray
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Caoimhin Bonner
Davy McDaid
Stephen Garrett
Andrew Mooney
Gary Donnelly

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Substitutes
Cliftonville XI
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Peter Burke
Jaimie McGovern
Levi Ives
Jason McGuinness
James Knowles
Martin Donnelly
Daniel Hughes
Ruairi Harkin
Jude Winchester
Jay Donnelly
Tomas Cosgrove
Date
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Competition
Danske Bank
Premiership

Venue
Solitude, Belfast
Attendance
TBC

Half Gate Draw Number
40043