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Breslin wants to see ruthless Cliftonville

By David Hunter

Lisburn Distillery 1 Cliftonville 2: Cliftonville recorded their first away win of the season thanks to a sublime 74th minute strike from Rory Donnelly, who had been on the pitch a matter of just three minutes.

And whilst Reds boss Tommy Breslin admitted afterwards that it had not been an inspired substitution, Donnelly’s curling 20 yard shot was fit to win any game.

The scoreline could have been much higher, though, and both managers knew it.

“Most of the chances were at the end we were attacking”, said Breslin.

“I told the players that we have to be more ruthless because there will be times we are not going to get away with those misses.

“Some of them were glaring open goals and we contrived to miss.

“We still haven’t hit our best form. We played very well in pre-season and we haven’t reached those levels yet, we haven’t played the kind of football that we want.

“It’s always hard to come here and get three points so we will take the win. There are always positives; I thought Ryan Brown did very well, John Convery slotted in very well at the back and Joe Gormley did very well in what was his first full debut in the league.

“He created a couple of chances and maybe on another day could have had a couple of goals.”

Jordan Hughes had fired the Whites ahead on 13 minutes before Stephen Garrett equalised following a calamitous defensive mix-up between keeper Billy Brennan and Pat McShane.

“We are extremely disappointed” said Distillery boss Tommy Wright.

“Tommy (Breslin) can quite rightly say that they should have scored more goals, we were basically chasing the game in the last 10 minutes and went gung-ho a wee bit.

“But we had a great start to the game, total control of the game, a great goal, then we took our foot off the pedal.”

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