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The brawl of shame as ugly clash casts shadow over Cliftonville's win over Glentoran

By Paul Lindsay

Published 11/05/2016

Cliftonville and Glentoran players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle during the game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Cliftonville and Glentoran players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle during the game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game Cliftonville win this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Curtis Allen pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles chairman Gerard Lawlor shows his emotions at the final whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Fra Brennan celebrates with a wee drink of champagne
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game Cliftonville and Glentoran players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game Cliftonville and Glentoran players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles James Knowles in action with Glentorans Chris Lavery
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Darren Murray and glentorans Jay Magee
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Daniel Hughes in action with Glentorans Ciaran Caldwell
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Jay Donnelly rises high to head his side into a 1-0 lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Jay Donnelly rises high to head his side into a 1-0 lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Jay Donnelly celebrates after he rises high to head his side into a 1-0 lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Jay Donnelly celebrates after he rises high to head his side into a 1-0 lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Jay Donnelly celebrates after he rises high to head his side into a 1-0 lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Jay Donnelly celebrates after he rises high to head his side into a 1-0 lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Jay Donnelly celebrates after he rises high to head his side into a 1-0 lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Curtis Allen celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Curtis Allen celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Jay Donnelly in action with Glentorans Chris lavery
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Curtis Allen celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Curtis Allen celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Curtis Allen celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Curtis Allen celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Jay Magee rises the highest to head his team into a 2-1lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Jay Donnelly in action with Glentorans Stephen McCullough
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Jay Magee rises the highest to head his team into a 2-1lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Jay Magee celebrates after he rises the highest to head his team into a 2-1lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Jay Magee celebrates after he rises the highest to head his team into a 2-1lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Jay Magee celebrates after he rises the highest to head his team into a 2-1lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Jay Magee celebrates after he rises the highest to head his team into a 2-1lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Jay Magee celebrates after he rises the highest to head his team into a 2-1lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Jay Magee celebrates after he rises the highest to head his team into a 2-1lead
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles and Glentorans players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles and Glentorans players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles and Glentorans players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles and Glentorans players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles and Glentorans players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles and Glentorans players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles and Glentorans players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles and Glentorans players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles and Glentorans players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles and Glentorans players involved in a mass brawl at the half time whistle
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Curtis Allen pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Curtis Allen pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs Stephen Garrett and GlentoranÕs Barry Holland pictured in action during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs Daniel Hughes and GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured in action during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs Daniel Hughes and GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured in action during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs Daniel Hughes and GlentoranÕs Jay Magee pictured in action during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs Stephen Garrett and GlentoranÕs Steve McCullough pictured in action during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs Jay Donnelly pictured scoring his teams 1st goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs Stephen Garrett and GlentoranÕs Steve McCullough pictured in action during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs Jay Donnelly pictured scoring his teams 1st goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs Jay Donnelly pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Curtis Allen pictured scoring his teams 1st goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs Jay Donnelly pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Curtis Allen pictured scoring his teams 1st goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game GlentoranÕs Curtis Allen pictured scoring his teams 1st goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs James Knowles pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs James Knowles pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs James Knowles pictured after scoring his teams 2rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs David McDaid pictured after scoring his teams 3rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs David McDaid pictured after scoring his teams 3rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs David McDaid pictured after scoring his teams 3rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game CliftonvilleÕs David McDaid pictured after scoring his teams 3rd goal during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game Cliftonville win this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game Cliftonville win this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game Cliftonville win this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/05/2016 Cliftonville v Glentoran Europa League Play Off game Cliftonville win this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Stephen Garrett gets brought down by Glentorans Barry Holland and gives away a penalty and sees himself senyt off.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Stephen Garrett gets brought down by Glentorans Barry Holland and gives away a penalty and sees himself senyt off.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Stephen Garrett gets brought down by Glentorans Barry Holland and gives away a penalty and sees himself senyt off.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Stephen Garrett gets brought down by Glentorans Barry Holland and gives away a penalty and sees himself senyt off.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Glentorans Elliott Morris cant stop James Knowles penalty to make it 2-2
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles Jay magee in action with Glentorans Elliott Morris
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles James Knowles collects the ball after his penalty made it 2-2
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles James Knowles collects the ball after his penalty made it 2-2
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles David McDaid celebrates after netting the winner in a 3-2 win for Cliftonville
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles chairman Gerard Lawlor shows his emotions at the final whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles David McDaid celebrates after netting the winner in a 3-2 win for Cliftonville
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles chairman Gerard Lawlor shows his emotions at the final whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles chairman Gerard Lawlor shows his emotions at the final whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles chairman Gerard Lawlor shows his emotions at the final whistle
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonvilles captain George McMullan
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -10th May 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Europa league play off final betweem Cliftonville and Glentoran at Solitude . Cliftonville winners of the play off
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 11, pictured is General views of Solitude football ground in North Belfast home of Cliftonville FC amid a sunset May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 11, pictured is General views of Solitude football ground in North Belfast home of Cliftonville FC amid a sunset May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 11, pictured is General views of Solitude football ground in North Belfast home of Cliftonville FC amid a sunset May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 11, pictured is General views of Solitude football ground in North Belfast home of Cliftonville FC amid a sunset May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 11, pictured is General views of Solitude football ground in North Belfast home of Cliftonville FC amid a sunset May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 11, pictured is General views of Solitude football ground in North Belfast home of Cliftonville FC amid a sunset May 11, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle blasted referee Raymond Crangle over a decision that could have cost his club £160,000.

The Reds beat Glentoran 3-2 in last night's Europa League play-off final, but had to play the second-half without goalkeeper Conor Devlin, who was sent off along with Glentoran's Chris Lavery following a disgraceful brawl as the teams left the pitch at half-time with the score 2-1 to the Glens.

Every player on the pitch became involved in the ugly melee, which was sparked when Cliftonville defender Jaimie McGovern clashed with Glentoran striker Curtis Allen. Staff and substitutes became involved too, but only Devlin and Lavery received their marching orders.

Fortunately the Reds had back-up goalkeeper Peter Burke on the bench and Glens boss Alan Kernaghan claimed that his team suffered more from the dismissals.

Lyttle said: "Our plans were thrown into chaos when the referee appeared to issue a red card to Conor Devlin at half time. I don't know how he worked that out because there could have been three or four players sent off from each team because everyone was involved."

Kernaghan said: “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 couldn’t get going after that.”

The Glens actually ended up playing the final 40 minutes with only nine men after Barry Holland was dismissed five minutes into the second half after bringing down Stephen Garrett inside the box, but they did get at least a temporary reprieve when Jay Donnelly — who had earlier put the Reds in front before Curtis Allen and Jay Magee replied for the Glens — missed the penalty.

The tension that surrounded the Irish League’s first ever European play-off undoubtedly played a part in the occasion.

Lyttle admitted that it had got through to the players and he was relieved to have got the job done. The club can now also look forward to receiving £160,000 of a European cash windfall.

“It’s a massive result for this football club. There was a huge amount of pressure on the players because the financial benefits were huge,” said Lyttle, who only took over from Tommy Breslin in  October.

“My remit, when I took the job, was to lead the club into Europe. Thankfully, we achieved that, but I wouldn’t want to go through that again.

“There was a massive amount at stake. Everyone wants to play in Europe, but for the club, the financial side of it was also massive. It is good to get over the line,” he said.

“Although we were involved in a little piece of history by winning the first ever Europa League play-off, we would much prefer to have our season over by this stage with European qualification already in the bag.”

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