EUROPA LEAGUE: Joe Gormley slots home penalty but Cliftonville suffer away exit

Joe Gormley slotted home an early penalty kick as Cliftonville held control over Nordsjaelland until half-time in Denmark.

Thursday, 19th July 2018, 10:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th July 2018, 10:33 pm
Cliftonville manager Barry Gray. Pic by INPHO.

However, the Europa League hosts fired home two second-half goals to finish in front on aggregate by 3-1.

Andreas Olsen’s goal at Solitude put Nordsjaelland on top in Belfast before Cliftonville hit the road.

Godsway Donyoh left it level on the evening with a goal on 58 minutes for the home team before Olsen wrapped up the tie seven minutes from the end of normal time.

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Both scorers for Nordsjaelland found the net after joining play off the sidelines.

Jay Donnelly returned to the Reds line-up having missed the first leg.

Cliftonville boss Barry Gray also turned to recent arrivals Conor McMenamin and Ryan Curran in Denmark - the latter making a second start in Europe and the former off the bench.

Damien McNulty proved, once again, an unused substitute.

CLIFTONVILLE: Neeson, Ives, McGovern, C.Curran (Garrett, 84), Harney, R.Curran (McDonald, 64), Breen, J.Donnelly (McMenamin, 73), R.Donnelly, Bagnall, Gormley.

Subs (not used): Catney, Dunne, A.Donnelly, McNulty.