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Cliftonville 5-1 Institute

It was a difficult afternoon for Paul Kee’s men as they succumbed to a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Cliftonville.

The Sky Blues travelled to Solitude for their final league encounter before the Premiership split, but it proved to be a bad day for the Drumahoe natives.

The Reds opened the scoring on 27 minutes with Martin Donnelly converting past ‘Stute net-minder Marty Gallagher.

It was then a quick-fire double that ended all plausible chances of a comeback for Institute, Joe Gormley scoring on 32 and 33 minutes respectively.

The first-half landslide wasn’t to end their though, with Joe Gormley snatching his hattrick with a penalty after 39 minutes.

HT: Cliftonville 4-0 Institute

It was destined to be a long 45 minutes for the visitors as the referee re-instated play for the second period.

Things were quickly made worse when Jay Donnelly fired the Belfast giants further into the lead just 8 minutes into the half.

‘Stute were visibly playing without confidence at this point, with Cliftonville parking the bus in their attempts to see out the game.

There would be a moment of consolation with ten minutes remaining however, defender Dean Curry grabbing a goal for his team.

It obviously wasn’t enough to inspire anything more as the clock ticked to a close, Cliftonville clearly content with the 5-1 demolition.

FT: Cliftonville 5-1 Institute

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