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Sunday football suits Tommy Breslin after Cliftonville draw with Warrenpoint Town

Warrenpoint 2 Cliftonville 2

By Gareth McCullough

Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin says his club would be happy to play more games on a Sunday following their 2-2 draw with Warrenpoint Town at Milltown yesterday.

The Reds boss joked that if the results were similar on a Sunday in future for his side he would think again, but admitted that if playing matches on different days and times than just 3pm on a Saturday proved more appealing to people, then Cliftonville would be happy to move.

"We're prepared to try anything that's going if it benefits the league. There seemed to be a bigger than normal crowd," said Breslin, who was sent off with six minutes left after having words with the fourth official.

"It's not one of these things that you can do in isolation. You need to test it but if the results keep going like today, we'll not be playing any more Sunday football," he laughed.

"Whether it be a Thursday afternoon, a Saturday evening, Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening, anything that helps develop or promote the game here, I have no qualms with. Everybody needs to buy into it. If it improves the product and increases the audience, bring it on."

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While off the pitch, both sets of supporters were able to avail of a specially constructed marquee at a compact Milltown than provided music, entertainment and beer, the action on the field of play was of a good standard with both sides having chances to take all three points.

The Reds looked on course to maintain their 100% start to the season when Warrenpoint's Jordan Dane put through his own net on 16 minutes but that proved to be the wake-up call the home side needed.

They became the first team to score against Cliftonville this season when Stephen Hughes finished off a well-worked move 10 minutes before the break to level and then Mark Hughes powered home a brilliant second from 30 yards to make it 2-1.

Second half sub Martin Murray earned the north Belfast men a share of the spoils when he equalised midway through the second half and both sides had chances to win it in a frantic finish to proceedings.

Warrenpoint Town: Parr, King, M Hughes, Smith (Murray 65), Moan, McGuigan (Murphy 89), S Hughes, D Hughes, Dane, Bagnall, Boyle

Subs not used: McVeigh, Anderson, Rooney

Cliftonville: Burke, Bonner, Flynn, Curran, McMullan (Garrett 59), McDaid, M Donnelly, Seydak, Catney, J Donnelly (Murray 59), Cosgrove (McGovern 37)

Subs not used: Devlin, Brennan

Man of the match: Mark Hughes (Warrenpoint)

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

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