Cliftonville made use of 22 players en route to a harsh defeat in this evening's friendly with Sligo Rovers at Solitude. Mathew Stevens netted the only goal of the game when he pounced from close range just after the interval and, though the Reds went close through a series of Joe Gormley strikes and openings for Daniel Hughes, Kym Nelson and Daniel Reynolds, the visitors held on for a narrow success. Boss Gerard Lyttle made four changes to the side that overcame Portadown at the weekend, with Gormley, Chris Ramsey, Gary Donnelly and Paul Finnegan coming into the starting XI. Goalkeeper Peter Burke made a fantastic save to touch a deflected Kieran Sadlier strike over the top before Gormley went close on new fewer than four occasions, including an audacious chipped attempt from distance. Daniel Kearns should have put Rovers ahead only to find the side netting and, after Cliftonville had made seven changes at the interval, Sligo opened the scoring when Stevens completed the job after replacement goalkeeper Jason Mooney had been unable to keep hold of John Russell's free-kick. That would prove Rovers' final opportunity of the game, with the Reds bossing possession thereafter; Hughes unable to get his shot away in a crowded penalty area before Nelson and Reynolds each tested their luck in the hosts' bid to find a deserved equaliser.