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Finn and dandy
Cliftonville commenced their European preparations with a narrow victory over Finn Harps courtesy of an early strike
from Jason McGuinness at Solitude this evening.
The new boy pounced to convert Levi Ives' 14th minute cross before a string of saves at either end of the park ensured
there would be no further goals to report.
It was no surprise to see Harps start the brighter and, after taking a little while to establish themselves following a
six-week lay-off, the Reds pulled ahead just before the quarter-hour when a Martin Donnelly free-kick wasn't fully
cleared and Ives' delivery was touched home by the unmarked McGuinness.
Fellow debutant Jason Mooney then made two fine stops to deny Sean Houston; first coming out on top in a
one-on-one duel before showing sharp reactions to turn a powerful volley against the base of the post.
Visiting keeper Harry Doherty turned a point-blank Darren Murray header over the top and  then got down well to stop
Ryan Catney finding the bottom corner with a rasping drive from distance.
Doherty then thwarted Jay Donnelly, who was also unlucky to see a powerful header deflected behind by John Mailey,
before Murray somehow failed to convert after the keeper had kept a Chris Curran effort out.
The second-half commenced with Houston being kept at bay by Cliftonville's substitute keeper Peter Burke, who then
did well to stop Ryan Curran from fully capitalising on Caoimhin Bonner's under-hit backpass.
With a raft of changes diluting the rhythm of proceedings, chances were suddenly few and far between although Jay
Donnelly did have a brace of opportunities to extend the Reds' advantage; first failing to execute an attempted chip of
Doherty before lashing a half-volley wide of the mark.
Harps might have levelled in the closing stages when Raymond Foy negotiated a path to goal but, with only Burke to
beat, he sent his shot inches over the top.
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Cliftonville 1-0 Finn Harps
Date
Friday, June 17, 2016

Competition
Pre-Season
Friendly

Venue
Solitude, Belfast
Cliftonville XI
29.
2.
3.
4.
5.
7.
11.
12.
16.
17.
18.
Jason Mooney
Jaimie McGovern
Levi Ives
Caoimhin Bonner
Jason McGuinness
Chris Curran
Martin Donnelly
Darren Murray
Jay Donnelly
Ryan Catney
Jude Winchester
Substitutes
1.
6.
8.
9.
10.
14.
15.
Peter Burke
Gary Donnelly
Ross Lavery
Daniel Hughes
Martin Murray
Trialist
Cormac Lawlor
[29]
[2]
[11]
[12]
[7]
[5]
[17]
Half Gate Draw Number
36173