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Cliftonville scored two goals in a European match for the first time in the Club's history to secure progress to the
Second Qualifying Round of the Europa League at the expense of Differdange.
Davy McDaid opened the scoring with just 75 seconds on the clock at Solitude this evening and, after the visitors had
defender Tom Siebenaler sent off, Jay Donnelly doubled the advantage to ensure there would be no nervy finish as
the Reds held on for a comfortable win.
Boss Gerard Lyttle made two changes to the side which had secured a dramatic 1-1 draw in Luxembourg last week
with Tomas Cosgrove and McDaid stepping in for James Knowles and Daniel Hughes - and McDaid repaid that
decision almost instantly; latching onto Jay Donnelly's flicked header and showing considerable strength to work his
way past two defenders before confidently slotting past goalkeeper Julien Weber.
Jay Donnelly then sent a volley over the bar following a corner delivery from namesake Martin before Jason
McGuinness was off target with a headed attempt.
Jason Mooney's acrobatic save from Omar Er Rafik maintained Cliftonville's advantage, with the first-half ending on a
controversial note when Hungarian referee Ferenc Karako ruled out a Chris Curran strike after judging that Jude
Winchester had impeded Weber.
Dejvid Sinani should have levelled for Differdange shortly after the interval but, following a lightning-quick breakaway
spearheaded by Jordan Yeye, he dragged his shot across the face of goal and inches wide of the post.
That miss would prove telling because, on 57 minutes, Siebenaler's 'last man' foul on Jay Donnelly earned the
defender a straight red card to heighten his side's task but, despite their numerical disadvantage, the visitors
continued to probe in search of the goal they needed but neither Yeye nor Er Rafik could find the net from decent
opportunities.
Cliftonville knocked the stuffing out of Differdange with a quarter of an hour remaining when Chris Curran showed
greater hunger to win the ball than a brace of visiting defenders and teed up the perfect cross for the in-rushing Jay
Donnelly to convert.
It was almost 3-0 soon later when, upon receiving the ball immediately after his introduction from the bench, Hughes
set off on a sensational run that saw him weave his way past a host of challenges only for Weber to deny the striker a
memorable goal that would have put the seal on this historic success as Cliftonville deservedly negotiated a route to
the Second Qualifying Round of the Europa League.
Reds are two hot to handle
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Cliftonville 2-0 Differdange [3-1 on aggregate]
The Official Photographers of Cliftonville FC
Davy McDaid celebrates his early strike; Levi Ives tussles for possession with Gauthier Caron and (right) James Knowles
rushes to congratulate Jay Donnelly as the Reds go 2-0 up
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Peter Burke
Jaimie McGovern
James Knowles
Stephen Garrett
Daniel Hughes
Martin Murray
Ross Lavery


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Substitutes
Cliftonville XI
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Jason Mooney
Levi Ives
Caoimhin Bonner
Jason McGuinness
Chris Curran
Davy McDaid
Martin Donnelly
Ryan Catney
Jude Winchester
Jay Donnelly
Tomas Cosgrove
Date
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Competition
Europa League
1st Qualifying Round, Second Leg

Venue
Solitude, Belfast
Attendance
1168

Half Gate Draw Number
44160