UK news McLaughlin hails Cliftonville resolve after successful revenge mission at The Oval last news
MetiNews.Com - Paddy McLaughlin hailed the resilience of his Cliftonville team as they bounced back from their Irish Cup exit for a revenge Danske Bank Premiership victory at The Oval.
Breaking News ! "Paddy McLaughlin hailed the resilience of his Cliftonville team as they bounced back from their Irish Cup exit for a revenge Danske Bank Premiership victory at The Oval. Just seven days after crashing out of the Cup to Glentoran and going into the match with only a mathematical hope of making the top three, the Reds players responded with the almost perfect team performance.Second-half goals from Rory Hale and Michael McCrudden sealed a deserved victory and they also had to cope with the loss of Liam Bagnall and Gary Breen to potentially season-ending injuries.“We were disappointed last week to come here and get put out of the Cup but the response from the players has been phenomenal, I can’t praise them enough,” said McLaughlin. “It took a lot of hard work and good play and we had that in abundance.“It would be unfair to single out players but even the substitutes added a bit and kept the energy high.“Breen has an Achilles’ injury and Bagnall has been playing through the pain recently, he’s a warrior but he put his hand up at half-time and when he says he can’t continue, you know it’s serious.”Bagnall’s replacement, Seanna Foster, made an instant impression with a glorious crossfield ball which was headed back into the goalmouth by Daire O’Connor and McCrudden somehow stabbed wide with the goal at his mercy.But in the 63rd minute the miss was forgotten as O’Connor, this time popping up on the right, provided the assist for Hale to smash a superb shot from 20 yards off the underside of the crossbar and over the line, giving keeper Rory Brown no chance.
.Kieran Harding, Glentoran’s assistant coach, admitted it was an off-day for the Glens.“We have the best defensive record in the League but we conceded two poor goals and, for whatever reason, it wasn’t our day,” he said.“To be fair, that’s the best Cliftonville have played against us this season. They were aggressive, didn’t let us settle on the ball from the start to the finish and got lucky with what we thought was a poor refereeing decision for the first goal, though it was a good finish by Hale. And we missed opportunities which, on another day, we would have scored.”Their strongest period was in the last 10 minutes of the first half when they had no fewer than three good chances. First Jay Donnelly shot tamely at Aaron McCarey from 20 yards but Ruaidhri Donnelly was denied by the keeper when he met Dale Gorman’s low, hard corner with a sweet header and, in between, a 35-yard thunderbolt of a free-kick from Gorman was spectacularly tipped over."
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