.
Well Dan
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.
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Cliftonville 1-0 Connah's Quay Nomads
Date
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Competition
Pre-Season
Friendly

Venue
Solitude, Belfast
Cliftonville XI
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
Substitutes
1.
5.
9.
11.
12.
15.
25.
Peter Burke
Ross Lavery
Davy McDaid
Martin Donnelly
Darren Murray
Gary Donnelly
Tiarnan McNicholl
[29]
[3]
[23]
[10]
[14]
[17]
[7]
Half Gate Draw Number
36441