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Cliftonville were desperately unfortunate to emerge from this afternoon's thrilling Danske Bank Premiership clash
against Glenavon with nothing to show for their efforts.
After breaking the Mourneview Park deadlock through a fierce Jay Donnelly strike, the Reds were pegged back when
Joel Cooper capitalised on a lucky deflection and things looked to be going the Lurgan Blues' way when visiting
skipper Jason McGuinness - not afforded the luxury of the lenience referee Andrew Davey had displayed towards
Glenavon players - picked up two quickfire bookings.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Cliftonville pulled back in front when Donnelly pounced again only for Glenavon
to score twice in the closing minutes; the first coming when ref Davey spotted neither a foul on goalkeeper Jason
Mooney nor Kris Lindsay putting the ball in the net with his arm ahead of Greg Moorhouse's injury-time header cruelly
robbing Gerard Lyttle's side of what would have been a merited share of the spoils.
The scoring was opened on 18 minutes when a partially-cleared corner was headed back into the danger area by
Ryan Catney and, with Chris Curran allowing the ball to skip past him, Donnelly made no mistake with a thumping
effort that gave goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey no chance.
With a host of Cliftonville attacks scuppered by often cynical fouls from the hosts, the referee dished out some lengthy
warnings to a number of Glenavon players, who were celebrating in first-half injury-time when McGuinness' block of a
Moorhouse shot fell favourably for Cooper to slot home.
The same player was denied by a fantastic save from Mooney on 67 minutes but, soon later, the visitors were a man
light when McGuinness - spared any kind of last-chance warning - received his second booking of the afternoon for a
foul on Moorhouse.
Fellow central defender Chris Ramsey would hobble off with injury within minutes but, after Mooney had denied Guy
Bates with an excellent stop and Moorhouse had somehow escaped a caution for a wild kick-out at Catney, the
10-men took the lead when Jude Winchester threaded Donnelly through on goal and he showed wonderful
composure to beat two defenders and find the bottom corner.
With two minutes to go, a high delivery into the area looked set to be collected by Mooney but the presence of Rhys
Marshall forced the keeper into dropping the ball, which was subsequently knocked over the line by Lindsay's arm -
with the officials' decision to award the goal astounding most inside the ground.
The momentum now firmly on their side, Glenavon would go on to steal full points when, deep into injury-time,
Moorhouse got on the end of a Mark Sykes' cross to glance a header beyond Mooney's despairing dive.
Park strife
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Glenavon 3-2 Cliftonville
The Official Photographers of Cliftonville FC
Jason Mooney takes possession as Joel Cooper attempts to barge past Tomas Cosgrove; Jude Winchester battles with
Greg Moorhouse and (right) Stephen Garrett collides with Mark Sykes
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Jaimie McGovern
Caoimhin Bonner
Davy McDaid
Stephen Garrett
Darren Murray
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Substitutes
Cliftonville XI
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Jason Mooney
Levi Ives
Chris Ramsey
Jason McGuinness
Chris Curran
Martin Donnelly
Daniel Hughes
Ryan Catney
Jude Winchester
Jay Donnelly
Tomas Cosgrove
Date
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Competition
Danske Bank
Premiership

Venue
Mourneview Park, Lurgan