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Donnelly set to resume career at Belfast Celtic


By Graham Luney

Former Cliftonville star Jay Donnelly has been handed the opportunity to resurrect his career by Belfast Celtic.

Five months after being released from prison, the 24-year-old will link up with the Ballymena Intermediate League side.

In January last year, Donnelly was sentenced to three months in prison for distributing an indecent image of a child.

Following his sentencing, Donnelly (above) was sacked by Cliftonville and suspended by the Irish FA until September 2019.

In June 2016, the north Belfast man took a photograph of a 16-year-old girl while they were having sex. The photo was later shared on social media.

He admitted the charge of distributing an indecent image of a child in November, 2019.

His original sentence of four months in prison was later reduced to three months on appeal. Belfast Celtic will issue a statement tomorrow on the move. In last night's Danske Bank Premiership action, Crusaders, who have allowed defender Kyle Owens to go on loan to Ballymena United for the rest of the season, won 1-0 at Coleraine with Jordan Owens' first half header sealing the points.

Larne defeated Carrick Rangers 4-0 at Inver Park, with Johnny McMurray, Mark Randall and David McDaid (2) on target.

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