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Case in point

A draw was a fair outcome from yesterday’s Danske Bank Premiership clash between Cliftonville and Larne, according to Paddy McLaughlin.

Trailing to a Garry Breen own goal at Inver Park, the Reds hit back with a fierce Joe Gormley finish that ultimately ensured both sides would emerge with a share of the spoils.

Either team could have won it thereafter, but McLaughlin was content with the result.

“Both sides really earned their point,” he said.

“It was two sides who like to play football and we saw how good Larne can be. They showed their quality and made it difficult for us at times and, likewise, I thought we did the same to them.

“I don’t think there are too many complaints about the draw. When you come to places like Larne, you be glad to come away with a point.

“They have top players in their ranks, so we’re not disappointed.”

Of greater concern to Cliftonville was the second-half injury that forced Gormley out of the action. In addition to his latest eye-catching goal, the record-breaking striker endured a bruising afternoon that McLaughlin is keeping his fingers crossed will not have far-reaching consequences.

“Hopefully Joe’s injury isn’t too bad but his ankle is badly swollen,” he added.

“He’s taken a couple of heavy knocks and you’re just hoping that referees will protect good players like Gormley, because if players are going to go in over the top, he can get hurt. Hopefully he’ll be OK for next week.”