Jay Donnelly (03)
Joe Gormley (31)
Joe Gormley (35)
Daniel Hughes (83)
Daniel Hughes (85p)

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Substitute Daniel Hughes grabbed two late goals (©INPHO/Presseye/Jonathan Porter)

REDS SWEEP TO STORMING SOLITUDE VICTORY

Cliftonville produced a five-star performance at Solitude to defeat bottom of the table Ballinamallard United and move into fourth spot in the table.

The Reds got off to a storming start with Joe Gormley twice being denied by Mallards 'keeper Richard Brush before, on three minutes, Jay Donnelly opened the scoring with a finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Then, on 31 minutes, Gormley made it 2-0 with a backpost tap in after Rory Donnelly did well to knock a Garry Breen ball across the face of goal.

After, not long after that, Levi Ives caused confusion in the Mallards defence allowing Gormley to sneak in to tuck the ball away into the unguarded net.

With the game as good as over as a contest it was perhaps no surprise that the tempo dipped slightly, although Cliftonville did continue to press in an attempt to boost their goal difference.

And they did just that with a further two goals late in the game.

On 83 minutes substitute Daniel Hughes tapped the ball into the empty net after connecting with a Rory Donnelly cross into the box.

Then, a couple of minutes later, Hughes completed the scoring from the spot after he won the penalty following a challenge by Ryan McConnell.

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Cliftonville: Neeson, McGovern, Ives, Breen, Harney, Curran, Winchester, Gormley, J. Donnelly, Cosgrove, R. Donnelly subs Dunne (not used), Hughes (replaced Gormley 64), Garrett (replaced Cosgrove 37), M. Donnelly (replaced J. Donnelly 64), Lavery (not used)

Ballinamallard United: Brush, Taheny, Smyth, McLaughlin, McCartney, Armstrong, Burns, Martyn, Owens, McGinty, Brennan subs Clarke (not used), McKenna (not used), Leddy (not used), McCann (replaced McLaughlin 74), McConnell (replaced McConnell 46)

Referee: Tony Clarke

Attendance: 1006

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