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Jay doubles up as delighted brother Rory rejoins Reds

Cliftonville 4 Banbridge Town 0


Familiar face: Rory Donnelly is back at Solitude. Photo: Darren Kidd /Presseye

Familiar face: Rory Donnelly is back at Solitude. Photo: Darren Kidd /Presseye

Familiar face: Rory Donnelly is back at Solitude. Photo: Darren Kidd /Presseye

Jay Donnelly produced a man of the match display as Cliftonville overcame Banbridge Town at Solitude last night - then had to watch as brother Rory took all the post-match accolades.

The Reds rattled in four unanswered goals, but the biggest roar was reserved for right on the final whistle when the stadium announcer relayed the news of the striker's return to the club.

Rory - who becomes the fifth Donnelly in Barry Gray's senior squad - enjoyed a goal-laden first spell with Cliftonville before departing for Swansea City in 2012 and, after brief jaunts at Tranmere Rovers and Gillingham, had been a much sought-after property.

"This is my club, I had great times here before, I've always got on well with the fans and I only live up the street," he explained.

"I'm delighted to be back and I can't wait to get started."

On having to force his way into a side that already boasts Joe Gormley and Daniel Hughes, as well as his brother, he added: "There might be a few fights in the house! So long as whoever is picked is putting the ball in the net, that's all that matters."

Cliftonville got the better of last night's visitors, Chris Curran opening the scoring on 10 minutes from Jay Donnelly's assist.

It was Donnelly who doubled the Reds' advantage, capitalising on James Wilson's miscued clearance. Donnelly rattled home the third early in the second half before Gormley pounced to wrap things up on 66 minutes.

Cliftonville: Long, McGovern, Ramsey, Curran, Hughes (Garrett, 46 mins), Caldwell (Lavery, 61 mins), Bagnall (Winchester, 80 mins), Gormley, J Donnelly, Cosgrove, A Donnelly. Subs not used: M Donnelly, Dunne.

Banbridge: McErlean, J Wilson, Devlin, Acheson, Russell, Clydesdale (King, 73 mins), Gourley (Houston, 87 mins), McGuinness, Downey (A Wilson, 62 mins), Teggart, Moffatt. Subs not used: Pierce, McGrath.

Referee: Shane Andrews (Ballyclare)

Belfast Telegraph

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