Daniel Hughes banked the only goal of the game as Cliftonville completed their European preparations with a keenly contested victory over Connah's Quay Nomads at Solitude. The striker pounced to find the net just past the half-hour mark of a match, though billed friendly in nature, was hugely competitive from start to finish. Michael Wilde carved out the first half-chance of the day for the visitors but Jason Mooney was able to easily gather before George Horan cleared a dangerous-looking Martin Murray cross at the other end. Jude Winchester had a rasping effort turned onto the bar by goalkeeper Jon Ruston ahead of a moment of controversy that saw the Reds' Levi Ives join Nomads frontman Wilde in being 'sent off' by referee Keith Kennedy, who ordered both Managers to make substitutions in the aftermath of a melee sparked by Wilde's horrific challenge on James Knowles. It wasn't long until the deadlock was broken; Hughes assuming control of the ball at close range before producing a confident finish that gave Rushton no chance. Both Murray and Hughes would leave the action with injuries before the interval, while boss Gerard Lyttle oversaw a slight rejig to his line-up for a second-half that started with Horan spurning a glorious opportunity for the Welsh Premier League side. Martin Donnelly saw a free-kick well saved and Darren Murray flashed a volley inches wide as Cliftonville set about increasing their advantage ahead of the Nomads' Nathan Woolfe having an 81st minute attempt ruled out by an offside flag. The last chance of the game would also fall to the visitors but Callum Morris' attempt caused no concern to sub keeper Peter Burke as the Reds held on for victory.
Cliftonville 1-0 Connah's Quay Nomads
Date Saturday, June 25, 2016
Competition Pre-Season Friendly
Venue Solitude, Belfast
29. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 10. 14. 17. 18. 23.
Jason Mooney Jaimie McGovern Levi Ives Caoimhin Bonner James Knowles Chris Curran Martin Murray Daniel Hughes Cormac Lawlor Jude Winchester Jay Donnelly
1. 5. 9. 11. 12. 15. 25.
Peter Burke Ross Lavery Davy McDaid Martin Donnelly Darren Murray Gary Donnelly Tiarnan McNicholl