IRISH LEAGUE: Stephen Garrett wonder strike helps Cliftonville to win at Ballinamallard

Steve Feeney of Ballinamallard and Stephen Garrett of Cliftonville
Steve Feeney of Ballinamallard and Stephen Garrett of Cliftonville

BALLINAMALLARD 0 CLIFTONVILLE 2

A wonder strike from Stephen Garrett after just eight minutes set Cliftonville on their way to three points and their third victory under caretaker boss Gerard Lyttle.

The game finished 2-0 with David McDaid netting from the penalty spot after referee Mervyn Smyth awarded a controversial penalty on the hour.

But it was Garret’s superbly hit strike from 25 yards which stole the shoW at Ferney Park.The Cliftonville man drifted in from the left flank and as the space opened up he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner past keeper Alvin Rouse.

Ballinamallard United: Rouse, McMenamin, McLoughlin, Feeney, Martin, McCartney, Beacom, Lecky (McElwaine 81), McCrudden (Courtney 73), Campbell (Lafferty 65), Friars

Subs:McCusker, Phair

Cliftonville

Devlin, Mcgovern, Bonner, Flynn (Smyth 59), Knowles, Curran (Donnelly73), McDaid (Murray 81), Garrett, Donnelly, Seydak, Catney

Subs:Brennan, C. Murray

Referee: Mervyn Smyth