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Cliftonville ended the Danske Bank Premiership's last remaining unbeaten record with a 2-1 victory over Linfield at
Solitude this evening.
James Knowles' first-half penalty set the Reds on their way and, though the Blues roared back into the contest
through Paul Smyth, Jay Donnelly's header secured all three points to maintain Cliftonville's winning streak.
The visitors might have taken a fifth minute lead when Sammy Clingan's free-kick delivery fell favourably for Mark
Haughey but, under pressure from Tomas Cosgrove, he was unable to get sufficient power into his shot to trouble
Peter Burke.
Soon later, Jimmy Callacher's block prevented Martin Donnelly from breaking the deadlock, while a last-gasp
intervention from Levi Ives ensured Ross Clarke's goalbound drive deflected over the top.
Some neat build-up from Ives and Ruairi Harkin ended with Daniel Hughes bringing a fine save out of Roy Carroll
ahead of Jason McGuinness being unable to get a telling touch on Jude Winchester's cross.
The opener arrived on the half-hour when, in attempting to seize upon a loose ball from Martin Donnelly's corner,
Hughes fell victim to a clumsy challenge from Matthew Clarke, leaving referee Raymond Hetherington with little choice
but to point to the penalty spot, with Knowles stepping up to convert.
Linfield equalised five minutes into the second-half when Smyth nodded past Burke from Ross Clarke's inviting cross
but it wasn't long before Cliftonville were back in front; Jay Donnelly heading home from a Hughes assist at the end of
an eye-catching passing sequence that also included Martin Donnelly, Harkin, Knowles and Winchester.
Burke did well to stop a Ross Clarke cross from sneaking into the net and produced some acrobatics to repel a
Clingan free-kick before getting down to thwart Clarke again.
Hughes went close to extending the Reds' advantage with an overhead kick from McGuinness' header but Burke
would have the last telling contribution on proceedings with a wonderful one-handed stop to claw a Haughey header
off the line amid a goalmouth scramble, preserving the hosts' lead and securing victory.
Blue away
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Cliftonville 2-1 Linfield
The Official Photographers of Cliftonville FC
James Knowles sets off in celebration after opening the scoring; Daniel Hughes shields possession from Jimmy
Callacher and (right) Peter Burke makes a fine stop from Sammy Clingan
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Caoimhin Bonner
Chris Curran
Davy McDaid
Stephen Garrett
Ryan Catney


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Cliftonville XI
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Peter Burke
Jaimie McGovern
Levi Ives
Jason McGuinness
James Knowles
Martin Donnelly
Daniel Hughes
Ruairi Harkin
Jude Winchester
Jay Donnelly
Tomas Cosgrove
Date
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Competition
Danske Bank
Premiership

Venue
Solitude, Belfast
Sean Graham Man of the Match
Daniel Hughes

Attendance
TBC

Half Gate Draw Number
40945