New Cliftonville boss Paddy McLaughlin issues instructions (©INPHO/Jonathan Porter)
Saturday, 09 February 2019
New Cliftonville boss Paddy McLaughlin kicked off his tenure in the Reds hotseat with a narrow victory over Newry City at Solitude.
What proved to be the only goal of the game came after just three minutes when Conor McMenamin dinked the ball over keeper Steven Maguire after Caoimhin McConnell had slipped him in.
Niall Grace, a recent loan arrival from Glenavon, played Joe Gormley through after a quarter-of-an-hour but his shot ended up in the side netting while a Chris Curran effort went just wide of the far post soon after.
Newry threatened after half-an-hour when Stephen Hughes found Mark McCabe down the right but his potentially dangerous delivery into the area was cleared by Jamie Harney.
And Harney came close at the other end not long after that with a volley over at the back post.
Gormley then had another chance on 41 minutes when he held off the attentions of John Boyle before testing Maguire with a powerful shot which the Newry keeper did well to hold.
After the break Joe Gorman poked the ball just wide on 54 minutes while Gormley did have the ball in the net before the hour but his finish into the bottom corner fell foul of the offside rule.
Harney was unlucky on 73 minutes with a header from Aaron Harkin's cross only for the ball to come off Darren King and over the bar before Newry almost snatched a point when Darragh Noonan headed just wide from Alan Teggart's curling delivery.
Cliftonville: Brush, Breen, Grace, Harney, C. Curran, R. Donnelly, Harkin, McConnell, Gormley, McMenamin, Gorman subs Neeson, McGovern, R. Curran, Garrett, Catney, Lavery, A. Donnelly
Newry City: Maguire, Mooney, King, Noonan, Boyle, Carville, McCabe, S. Hughes, Teggart, Pender, Healy subs Hunter, Walker, Moody, Lavery, Mullan, Pablo Cavalcante, Durnin
Referee: Keith Kennedy