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Did you go to Solitude last night?

Great 4-0 victory for Cliftonville over Linfield.

Check out the Linfield lad rowing with the steward and then getting sent off for a shocking tackle.

Some nice goals, and it’s Chris Scannell rather than Chris Scan-nell, you hun presenter bastard. The presenter, Graham Little, is actually the brother of Andy Little, who’s at Rangers.

Bando stop being such a bigot.

I’ll do my own thing.


david jeffrey appears to be an allright sort in the interview.
was he the guy who allow some university camogie team train in windsor park a few years ago when they had no where to go?

[quote=“bandage”]i’ll do my own thing.


me harrrgggghhh

Your own, personal, Jeffries.
Pick up the receiver, it’s John Paul McAreavey.

I was flicking back and forth on Sky, some tackle from McAllister, really made sure of it :smiley:

The Reds are red hot at the moment. 11 wins in a row now for Cliftonville, the sequence kept going today with a goal two minutes into injury time at home to Glentoran for a 2-1 win. They put four past Linfield a few weeks ago and also scored seven away to Ballymena recently. Still four adrift at the top but if they keep playing like this we could see the Gibson Cup returning to Solitude for the first time since Marty Quinn’s legendary 1998 championship-winning team.

There’s a young lad playing for Cliftonville who scored 4 in a game recently, Rory Donnelly. Could be worth a look for our U-21s.

Another great win for the Reds last night in front of a massive travelling support. Check out the Alan Hutton-esque tackle from one of the Glentoran players two seconds into the match on the highlights on the link. Brendan Rogers was at The Oval last night keeping tabs on Rory Donnelly.
County Antrim Shield final: Glentoran 1-2 Cliftonville

Martin Donnelly’s 44th-minute penalty and a late goal by sub Joe Gormley gave Cliftonville victory over Glentoran in the County Antrim Shield final.

The spot-kick decision looked a clear one for referee Colin Burns as the tricky Donnelly was brought down in the box by Ciaran Martyn.

Gormley unleashed a superb shot to make it 2-0 in the 86th minute.

Johnny Taylor forced in a late goal for Glentoran and Darren Boyce wasted a chance to equalise in stoppage-time.
The well-placed Boyce headed over from Stephen Carson’s cross.

It was Cliftonville’s third win over the Glens this season and it gave Tommy Breslin his first trophy as Reds manager.

“All the lads were outstanding. We should have had it over by half-time,” said Breslin.

“We like to play it the right way and it is good to get a bit of success with it.”

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers and Brentford boss Uwe Rosler were at the Oval to watch Cliftonville forward Rory Donnelly, a young prospect who has attracted much interest.

However, the 19-year-old had a quiet game and was replaced by sub Gormley late on and he grabbed his chance to score

Ciftonville, buoyed by their last-gasp Premiership win over the Glens on Saturday, bossed the first half and could easily have been more than one ahead at the interval.

Stephen Garrett was the Reds man causing most danger and he forced a number of saves from Glens keeper Elliott Morris.

Cliftonville eventually got their reward with Donnelly’s penalty just before half-time.

There were not so many openings in the second half and the final remained in the balance until Gormley got to the edge of the penalty area to fire an unstoppable shot past Glens keeper Elliott Morris.

That looked to have sealed it for the north Belfast side but Taylor pulled a goal back from Gary Hamilton’s ball into the area.

There were still three minutes of stoppage-time left, and Boyce had a good chance to force extra-time but headed over.

What a move this would be for all concerned. A Donnelly-Suarez partnership would be unstoppable.

Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly is expected to have talks with Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish on Tuesday about a possible move to the Anfield giants.

Dalglish contacted the the Irish League club on Sunday to register his interest in the prolific 19-year-old.

Cliftonville have accepted an offer of around £100,000 from Swansea for Donnelly while the player has also been linked with Everton.

“We’ve registered our interest, that’s as far as it goes,” Dalglish said.

The Belfast club want Donnelly’s future to be sorted out before Christmas.

Donnelly has already met with Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers and Everton manager David Moyes.

Rodgers said on Monday that he was confident of signing the Northern Ireland Under-21 international.

The forward has scored 17 goals this season, several of them spectacular, leading to interest from several clubs.

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[]Born: 18 February, 1992
]Position: Striker
[]Height: 6ft 2in
]Cliftonville debut: 7 September, 2010 v Linfield
[/list]Everton and Brentford were among prominent suitors before Swansea put in a firm bid last week.

A Cliftonville statement said on Sunday that they would not be entering into any new dialogue with interested parties after Friday.

“Cliftonville this week announced the acceptance of a transfer offer from Swansea City FC for striker Rory Donnelly,” the club stated.
"The club are also aware of interest in the player from a number of other sources and has responded to a series of tentative enquiries in recent weeks.

“We are, however, keen to bring the issue to a conclusion as soon as possible.”

Lawlor told the BBC that he wanted “the best deal for club but ultimately it’s about the player and what is best for Rory at this stage in his young career”.

The Cliftonville chairman acknowledged that the transfer speculation is in danger of becoming a distraction to the team and manager Tommy Breslin.

[font=“Calibri”][size=“3”][color="#000000"]Cliftonville have finished 2011 in a rather disappointing fashion with two defeats (home to Coleraine and away to Crusaders) and a draw (1-1, again at home to Coleraine) in their last four league matches. We’re seven points adrift of Linfield now in the race for the Smirnoff Irish League. [/size][/font]
[font=“Calibri”][size=“3”][color="#000000"]There was also a painful League Cup defeat, again to Coleraine, although on the knockout front there’s still the TNT Gold Cup, Ulster Cup, Setanta Cup, Lombard and Ulster Shield, City Cup and of course the big one, the Bass Irish Cup, to come. [/size][/font]
[font=“Calibri”][size=“3”][color="#000000"]The Rory Donnelly saga has clearly unsettled the team , although that’s no fault of Rory himself. You can’t hold such a talented young man back in his career. The most disappointing thing is coming off worst in the mini-series against Coleraine. I’ve always hated those cunts after the way they poached Marty Quinn from us in 2000. [/size][/font]
[font=“Calibri”][size=“3”][color="#000000"]The big news today as far as the league as a whole is concerned is the immortal Glenn Ferguson’s appointment as manager of Ballymena. A very shrewd move by United in my view. [/size][/font]

Has Rory Donnelly declared for the 32 county select?

Coleraine’s Paul Owens scores two goals direct from corners in the same half:

Is he a Catholic?

Congratulations to Donegal Celtic who last night beat Cliftonville in the fifth round of the Bass Irish Cup.

The Ardoyne Reds’ focus now moves back to the IFA Carling Premiership and particularly the big clash with Linfield at Solitude this day two weeks.

Anyone know the answer to this?

Great memories here:

Great night for the Reds last night as Liam Boyce’s goal secured their first ever European win at Solitude over crack Swedish outfit FC Kalmar.

12 games into the new Danske Bank Premiership season and it’s my beloved Reds sitting pretty on top of the table after overtaking the mighty Ballinamallard United at the weekend. Tommy Breslin’s team have carried last season’s good form into this term then some.

Defending champions Linfield, incredibly, trail the leaders by 11 points. David Jeffrey looks a man under stress at the moment and another defeat tonight at Coleraine will be an unwelcome 50th birthday present for the long serving manager. They’re currently 2-1 down early in the second half on Sky Sports 1, with commentary being provided by the incomparable Mark Robson.

Cliftonville 3 Linfield 0 on BBC1 now