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Cliftonville 3-2 Glentoran: Reds secure Europa League spot after win at Solitude

Cliftonville have secured a place in next season's Europa League after beating Glentoran 3-2 at Solitude.

The win is worth at least £160,000 in Uefa qualification payments.

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle: "It was all about digging deep and I have to applaud the players for that.

"To be fair to Glentoran they played their part. They had two players sent off but made it hard for us.

"I am over the moon for everyone involved. The ultimate goal was to qualify for Europe and we have won a cup as well."

Glentoran manager Alan Kernaghan: "The game was there for us to have but decisions and indiscipline cost us.

"I think the half-time incident hurt us more than Cliftonville. We just could not get going after that.

"I am hugely proud of the players in terms of what they did. They gave it everything and should not be too down on themselves."

The Reds finished fourth in the Premiership table, two places and 12 points above Glentoran.

Previously that would have been enough to go straight into Europe, but the play-off system has given more teams the chance to take on continental opposition.

Full match report in Wednesday's Belfast Telegraph

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