Europa League: Cliftonville ease past Barry Town with 4-0 Solitude win

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Reds beat Barry Town to secure Europa League progress

Cliftonville eased into the Europa League first qualifying round with a convincing 4-0 second-leg win over Barry Town at Solitude on Thursday.

The first leg had ended 0-0 in Cardiff but the Reds dominated their home leg and will face Norwegian side Haugesund.

Conor McMenamin's header and Joe Gormley's fiercely struck shot had the Irish League side two up at half-time.

Conor McDermott fired home the third and Rory Donnelly's side-footed finish off the inside of the post made it 4-0.

Cliftonville's progression from the preliminary round increases their financial windfall from their European odyssey to £410,000.

The Irish Premiership side started brightly and were rewarded for their creative play when McMenamin headed in from Ronan Doherty's corner despite the efforts of Clayton Green on the line in the 25th minute.

Chris Curran provided the ball from the right for Gormley to blast a right-foot first-time shot from 15 yards into the net one minute before the interval.

McDermott slid the ball home after getting on the end of Curran's pass eight minutes from time and two minutes later Rory Donnelly added the fourth with a side-footed effort which came off the inside of the post.

Cliftonville manager Paddy McLaughlin: "As was the case last week we dominated the game and created plenty of chances but this week we put our chances away.

"Our forward play was fantastic throughout the game and the players produced some super finishes.

"We had a gameplan and the boys stuck to it. We played on the front foot throughout the game and all credit to the players."