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Ross Lavery scrambled home an 89th minute winner as Cliftonville got the better of Linfield at Windsor Park this
afternoon.
Ahead through Daniel Hughes' precise finish, the Reds hopes of pocketing all three Danske Bank Premiership points
looked to have been scuppered when Andy Waterworth drew the Blues level only for Lavery to pounce for a dramatic
late strike in front of a delirious Kop Stand.
After a surprisingly low-key opening period, Cliftonville twice went close to making the breakthrough in the space of 60
seconds.
First, a surging Levi Ives charge forward ended with Hughes being denied by Jimmy Callacher's challenge and, from
the resulting corner, Stephen Garrett smashed a half-volley inches wide of the far post.
Linfield's best opening of the first-half saw Peter Burke save from Andy Waterworth before Niall Quinn curled a
free-kick harmlessly off target.
The deadlock was broken seven minutes after the turnaround when Ruairi Harkin's delivery into the box was partially
headed clear by Mark Stafford and Hughes pounced to drive a confident finish beyond Roy Carroll and into the bottom
corner.
Paul Smyth passed up a glorious chance to level for the Blues when he shot wide after James Knowles had nodded
a goalward attempt away following Ross Gaynor's free-kick, while Burke made an outstanding fingertip save to
prevent Sean Ward finding the net.
After Harkin went close to doubling the visitors' lead, Linfield equalised on 79 minutes when Waterworth followed up
to rifle home after Burke had done well to repel Stafford's acrobatic attempt.
Cliftonville reacted well to that setback and looked the more likely side to go on and win the game but looked to have
wasted their best chance of doing so when Garrett's close-range effort was turned behind by the alert Carroll in the
closing minutes.
There was still time, however, for one last opening - and this time the Reds got the job done.
After seizing possession from Smyth, Jason McGuinness fed Tomas Cosgrove wide on the right and carried his own
run into the penalty area. Although the full-back's delivery did not reach him, it fell favourably for Garrett, whose effort
was superbly blocked on the line by Stafford, who could do nothing to prevent Lavery from netting just as the contest
ticked into injury-time.
Labour of Lav
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Linfield 1-2 Cliftonville
The Official Photographers of Cliftonville FC
James Knowles battles with Stephen Lowry; Ruairi Harkin sticks tight to Paul Smyth and (right) Ross Lavery reacts after
scrambling the Reds' late winner
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Jason Mooney
Caoimhin Bonner
Chris Curran
Ryan Catney
Ross Lavery


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Substitutes
Cliftonville XI
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Peter Burke
Jaimie McGovern
Levi Ives
Jason McGuinness
James Knowles
Davy McDaid
Stephen Garrett
Daniel Hughes
Ruairi Harkin
Jude Winchester
Tomas Cosgrove
Date
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Competition
Danske Bank
Premiership

Venue
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance
TBC