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New boy Gary Donnelly on fire as Clilftonville run riot against Bangor

Cliftonville 7-1 Bangor

By Conor McLaughlin

Cliftonville made light work of Bangor at Solitude, where floodlight failure had threatened to leave the hosts' 137th birthday celebrations in the dark.

Once the action commenced following a late kick-off, a hat-trick from Gary Donnelly proved the highlight as the Reds steamrolled their way past the Seasiders.

A fantastic fingertip save from Darren Gibbons thwarted Martin Donnelly but there was no stopping his namesakes as the Reds roared three up before the interval. First, Jay stroked home from close range from a Daniel Hughes cross before Gary headed in number two following a short corner. His second arrived courtesy of a low drive beyond Gibbons' grasp and his third from the spot after Dale Patton's foul on Martin Donnelly.

Davy McDaid became the first non-Donnelly of the night to find the net when he stroked home on 69 minutes, before an own goal and Ross Lavery made it 7-0, with Gerard McMullan registering a consolation for Bangor with a late penalty kick.

CLIFTONVILLE: Burke, McGovern, Bonner, Curran, M Donnelly (Lavery 58), Hughes (McDaid 58), Seydak, Catney, J Donnelly (Winchester 69), Cosgrove, G Donnelly.

Subs not used: Ives, Knowles.

BANGOR: Gibbons, Long, Calvert, Widdowson, Armstrong, Walsh, Knipe (Mulgrew 71), Halfpenny, Beattie (Dalzell 46), Patton (Craig 65), McMullan.

Subs not used: Edgar,Lucas.

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

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