Jude Winchester tips Cliftonville’s Jay Donnelly to make it big

Jay Donnelly celebrates with Tommy Breslin
Jay Donnelly celebrates with Tommy Breslin

Midfielder Jude Winchester has tipped Jay Donnelly to make it big in full time football.

The hard working midfielder, who was instrumental in Cliftonville’s WASP Solutions League Cup win over Ballymena United, even rates the 19 year old better than his brother.

Rory Donnelly was transferred to Swansea City two years ago and is currently on loan at Tranmere Rovers.

Even though Jay missed a three or four gilt-edged chances to put his team out of sight against Glenn Ferguson’s team, Winchester admits he is something special.

“It happens,” said Winchester. “He’s young and it’s all part of his learning curve. Jay has been fantastic since he’s come into the team.

“He’s probably been our best player this season. He has the ability to light up this league.

“I’m sure he’ll redeem himself next week by sticking away the chances he gets. The thing is he didn’t hide when he missed the first couple. He was always there and made himself available. His finishing is usually fantastic.

“Personally, I think he’ll go across the water. He’s certainly good enough. I think he is even better than Rory.

“Hopefully, Jay will get an opportunity because he is a brilliant player.”

Winchester stressed once the ball fell to Donnelly late on there was only going to be one outcome.

“Once the ball fell to Marty, with the technique he has, I knew he was going to hit the net,” he added. “That’s what we are all in the game for, to win trophies. It’s our third of the season.

“It’s great for the club. Hopefully, we have now turned the corner. We’ll face Glentoran next week with our confidence soaring. We need to get a win to keep us in contention for the title.”