Reds on course for treble

Published Saturday, 06 April 2013
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Treble-chasing Cliftonville will take on Glentoran in the 2013 Irish Cup Final after both sides won their respective semi-finals on Saturday.

Reds on course for treble
Cliftonville's George McMullan celebrates a goal. (© Pacemaker)

The Reds had a 2-0 victory over north Belfast rivals Crusaders, who were beaten finalists in the last two seasons, to keep alive hopes of a three-trophy haul this season.

With January's League Cup win behind them, and a 14 point advantage over Crusaders at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership with only five games to go, Tommy Breslin's Cliftonville will go into the decider in full belief they can win the Irish Cup for the first time in 34 years.

It took the Reds until the 67th minute at The Oval to find the breakthrough on Saturday evening.

George McMullan scored from a penalty which was quickly followed up a minute later by Joe Gormley's goal that all but ended Crusaders' challenge.

Cliftonville are now looking for their ninth Irish Cup honour - their last a 3-2 win over Portadown in 1979.

Glentoran were first to book their place in the final. The 20-time winners beat Portadown 1-0 in the early kick-off at Windsor Park.

Marcus Kane's goal in the 79th minute proved enough to separate the sides, as the substitute rose highest to head home a Richard Clarke corner.

The last-four result sends Eddie Patterson's side into their first decider since 2006, and guarantees a Europa League spot for next season.

The Irish Cup Final between Cliftonville and Glentoran will take place on Saturday 4 May at Windsor Park in Belfast.

Irish Cup semi-final results:

Crusaders 0-2 Cliftonville

Cliftonville: McMullan pen 67, Gormley 68

Portadown 0-1 Glentoran

Glentoran: Kane 79

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Comments Comments
mtc68 in Belfast wrote (660 days ago):
3pm Saturday 13/4/13 Solitude is the place to be "You Reds"
Tendwayi in Antrim wrote (664 days ago):
What is a 'throught'?
alan in east belfast wrote (665 days ago):
come on the glens what a great achievement with no cash the players not getting paid proud of yas the pride of east Belfast
S.B. in Belfast wrote (666 days ago):
We struggled on a bumpy pitch at the Oval and the Crues had the best of the first half but didn't take their chances. The Reds settled a good bit in the second half and took control eventually but the Crues will still rue the good half a dozen chances they had. That was the difference today, when we got the odd chance we took it and it was definately a penalty. There has been good rivalry between the Reds and Crues this season and, the flag protest apart, for mostly good footballing reasons. There are a lot more families attending games now and the bitter, sectarian edge is fading which is a good thing. If the Reds, Crues, Blues, Glens, DC, Portadown, Glenavon, Ballymena etc can sort out the finances there is a decent marketable product there. More football people should start attending Irish League matches because it's not a bad day out; then again I am a Reds man and we are getting some great entertainment this year.
Antrim td in Antrim rd wrote (666 days ago):
I really dont wana be looking down his throught thanks very much O
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