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Keeping up appearances

Congratulations are due to two players who clocked up milestones in last night’s County Antrim Shield Quarter Final clash with Crusaders.

Though the occasion ultimately ended in disappointment, it’s worth noting that two-goal Joe Gormley represented Cliftonville for the 200th time, while second-half substitute Stephen Garrett made his 300th appearance for the Club.

Garrett – who made his debut in the Europa League victory over HNK Cibalia at Windsor Park on July 15, 2010 – has scored 62 times for the Reds since joining from Newry City and made a significant contribution to the two Danske Bank Premiership titles, four League Cup crowns and two Shield successes enjoyed by Cliftonville in recent seasons.

Gormley, meanwhile, marked his own landmark outing with two strikes that took his overall tally to 132 as he makes further inroads towards Dr Kevin McGarry’s all-time Club record of 170 Reds goals.

The former Crumlin Star ace also made his debut in the Europa League, emerging from the bench when Cliftonville drew 1-1 with The New Saints at Park Hall on June 30, 2011.

After helping the Club two two Premiership wins, a trio of League Cup honours and a solitary Shield triumph, Gormley moved to Peterborough United in the summer of 2015 and, following two years at the English League One side – which included a brief loan stint with St Johnstone – he returned to Solitude earlier this year and has certainly shown he’s lost none of his scoring prowess, with nine goals to his name so far this term.