Donegal Celtic 0 Cliftonville 2
Ciaran Caldwell does not expect champions Linfield to let the league title leave Windsor Park but the midfielder does expect Cliftonville to prepare their passports for another European tour next season.
The Belfast man, whose second-half goal against his old club Donegal Celtic helped secure victory at the weekend, said: “Linfield won’t lose four of their last five games so, while we have not given up hope, we are focussed on taking second place and playing in Europe again next season.
“We have had a successful season so far considering it’s our first with Tommy (Breslin) and we have learned lessons. It’s a pain to think that games we should have won would now have us battling for the title. That’s something we can look to improve on and I believe we have the makings of a squad capable of challenging next season.”
Caldwell’s 54th minute goal livened up a dull game before goalkeeper Gerard McVeigh was left red-faced when his 83rd minute own goal sealed it.
Caldwell added: “It was a good win for us. Now we have a massive run-in. There’s a bit of a rest between now and our next game against Coleraine (Friday, April 6, live on Sky Sports), so we will be well prepared for it.”