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Reds hammer basement side Ballinamallard

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Cliftonville 5-0 Ballinamallard

Cliftonville swept past a sorry Ballinamallard side with a commanding win at Solitude in the Danske Bank Premiership.

The Reds were quick out of the blocks, taking the lead after just three minutes.

Chris Curran's corner was met by Jay Donnelly who fired home.

Despite how early the goal came, Ballinamallard could've conceded even earlier with goalkeeper Richard Brush keeping out two efforts from Joe Gormley as the north Belfast Reds made a lively start.

Cliftonville continued to be the team on the front foot in the first 20 minutes - Levi Ives laid one back to Jay Donnelly who couldn't make a connection.

Just after the half hour mark it was two, Garry Breen's fine lobbed through ball found Rory Donnelly, who headed across to Gormley at the back-post for a tap in.

Levi Ives then supplied the ball up the wing, and Gormley pounced on a defensive lapse to sneak in and score into an empty net - it's seven goals in four matches for Gormley.

Ballinamallard were slightly more resolute after the break - with Martyn coming closest for them, volleying his effort just over the bar.

On 83 minutes it was four, Rory Donnelly's ball causing confusion and with goalkeeper and defence prone, Daniel Hughes tapped home.

Less than two minutes later, Cliftonville were awarded a penalty which Hughes again scored to make it 5-0.

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