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Cliftonville 0-0 Newington

Cliftonville and Newington played out a dour goalless draw as pre-season concluded on a low key note at Solitude this afternoon.

The Reds once again handed gametime to a host of young talents but, despite bossing possession throughout, Paddy McLaughlin’s side were unable to get the better of their well-drilled opponents.

Jamie Harney saw a header cleared off the line in the only goalmouth action of note in the first-half while, after the interval, only a superb sliding challenge from Aodhfionn Casey stopped Thomas Maguire from stealing in on goal.

A deflected Ruaidhri Donnelly effort was turned behind for a corner before Calvin McCurry saw a header meet the same fate before the final opening of the contest came and went when Ronan Wilson’s bid to weave his way through a host of defenders failed at the final hurdle.

Cliftonville: Dunne, Harney, Harkin, Garrett, R Donnelly, Foster, Wilson, Maguire, A Donnelly, McKiernan, Gorman. Subs: D Breen (for Dunne), Hyland (for Harney), McCurry (for McKiernan), Slane (for R Donnelly), Brown (for Maguire), Casey (for Garrett).