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First half goals enough for Cliftonville against Ards

Cliftonville goal scorer Martin Donnelly celebrates in the semi-final clash with Ards

Cliftonville goal scorer Martin Donnelly celebrates in the semi-final clash with Ards

  • by Alex Mills at Clandeboye Park
 

ARDS 0 CLIFTONVILLE 2

First half goals from Martin Donnelly and deadly Joe Gormley helped Cliftonville book a spot in next month’s League Cup final.

Donnelly struck with a sweet free kick before Gormley capitalised on a horrible blunder by Ards goalkeeper Graeme McKibbin, who will have nightmares for for quite some time over the incident.

The 21 year old’s confidence will take another battering after Ards declared an interest in Linfield’s out of favour Alan Blayney.

Cliftonville enjoyed a 4-0 league win at the same venue on Friday night and, although Ards did show improvement, there was never any chance off a shock.

Ards: McKibbin, Gordon, Hunter, Armstrong, McCullough, Smith (Roy 70), Henderson, Faulkner, McMillen, McClelland (McDowell 88), Davidson.

Subs: Spence, Cully, Gibson.

Cliftonville: Devlin, McGovern, R Scannell, Donnelly, Seydak, Smyth, Gormley, Murray (Cosgrove 70), Doherty, Boyce.

Subs: McNally, C Scannell, McNeill, O’Carroll.

Subs: M Smyth (Belfast).

 

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