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Cliftonville 1 Crusaders 2

Cliftonville made light work of a much-changed Crusaders at Solitude yesterday and then bolstered their attacking options for next season with the signing of Joe Gormley.

The young hotshot has scored more than 60 goals in Crumlin Star's surge to the Amateur League 1C title this year — and interim boss Tommy Breslin wants to be there to oversee his development. Asked if he would be interested in taking up the managerial reins on a permanent basis, Breslin said he would be keen to extend his tenure beyond Saturday's outing against Lisburn Distillery.

“I believe that Cliftonville can keep going places, keep doing well and keep challenging up at the top end of the table and I would like to be here to be a part of it,” said Breslin, who has held the job in a temporary capacity since Eddie Patterson was sacked at the start of the month.

On 66 minutes Kieran O'Connor chipped in the opener. The Reds doubled their lead when Eamonn Seydak's delivery sailed over keeper Chris Keenan. Stephen Garrett put the seal on things by lobbing the keeper from close range.

“I think 3-0 probably flatters Cliftonville a little bit but they took their chances and we didn't,” said visiting boss Stephen Baxter.

CLIFTONVILLE: Duffin, Donaghy, C Scannell, Garrett, Smyth, Seydak, Johnston, Catney, O'Connor, Donnelly, McVeigh. Subs: Fleming (Scannell, 90 mins), Bannon, Burns (Catney, 55 mins), Lynch, O'Neill (Johnston, 82 mins).

CRUSADERS: Keenan, McCann, West, Donnelly, Morrow, Caddell, Gibson, Magee, McMaster, Cassidy, Sweeney. Subs: McBride, Faulkner (Caddell, 86 mins), Halliday (Sweeney, 72 mins), Owens (McMaster, 72 mins), Dallas.

Referee: Mark Courtney (Dungannon).

Belfast Telegraph