Reds draw blank in first leg

Cliftonville 0-0 Debrecen
Published Tuesday, 15 July 2014
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Cliftonville held Hungarian champions Debrecen to a scoreless draw in their first leg Champions League clash at Solitude on Tuesday night.

Reds draw blank in first leg
Cliftonville drew against Debreceni VSC on Tuesday evening. (© Pacemaker)

Although the tie is evenly poised, it will be a tough test in the second leg next Tuesday for the Reds to progress.

They did however, manage to prevent the visitors from scoring an away goal to keep the tie very much alive.

They may not have clinched a win, but this was a superb effort from Tommy Breslin's side against a team which reached the Group Stages of the competition five years ago.

The Reds will reflect on what might have been with both Chris Curran and Joe Gormley denied by keeper Nenad Novakovic who produced two fine saves to keep the sides level at the break.

The home defence looked solid throughout the 90 minutes, rarely troubled but had to rely on the woodwork when Ibrahima Sidibe did connect from close range.

Then in the dying seconds of the game sub Sevdi should have spoiled Cliftonville's night but with a gaping goal facing him he lashed the ball over the bar.

Earlier Novakovic kept up his heroics between the posts to keep out goalbound efforts from Curran and Ronan Scannell.

Debrecen's best chance came in the depths of injury-time when, with the goal at his mercy, substitute L'imam Seydi lashed wildly over the bar.

A superb effort from the Irish League champions who can go to Hungary next week hoping to apply pressure with an away goal.

Cliftonville: Devlin, McGovern, R. Scannell, Johnston, Flynn, Curran, Donnelly, Seydak, Catney, Gormley, Cosgrove.

Subs: Brown, McMullan, Garrett, Smyth, Winchester, Murray, Caldwell.

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6 Comments
Gerry in North belfast - Home of the Champions wrote (67 days ago):
Thoroughly entertaining game and a great result for the Reds who might even have nicked it but for a couple of useful saves by Novakovic in the Debrecen goal. Good luck to Cliftonville in the return leg, unfortunately I can't make the trip to cheer them on.
Fan in Belfast wrote (67 days ago):
Can C'Ville not change it's name to Belfast Celtic? It would make a difference, I'm not trying to be funny I'm just asking a question because I often heard my Dad talk about the great games and players both B'Celtic and Linfield had together and most times all was peaceful, just a thought.
Mark in Belfast wrote (68 days ago):
Well done franco, true football fan. Lets all agree to keep the football comments about football this season and no silly stuff. Here's to a great season. Oh and 3 in a row for c'ville !!!
Franco in Belfast wrote (68 days ago):
A Linfield supporter here, well done Reds hope you make it
Mark in Belfast wrote (68 days ago):
Great match which the champions were unlucky not to win. On this performance we are in for a fantastic season. 99 red balloons !!!
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