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Live Reporting

By Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. Reds rally late to sink Sky Blues

    Cliftonville are the County Antrim Shield champions

    The County Antrim Shield always seems to deliver.

    Last year, we were treated to a seven-goal thriller between Linfield and Crusaders and, while this year couldn't quite match that scoring haul, it certainly produced a climax we won't soon forget.

    Leroy Millar's 54th-minute strike looked to be enough for Ballymena, only for Cliftonville's substitutes to stage a rousing finale at Windsor Park, with Thomas Maguire and Ryan Curran both finding the target in the space of 85 breathless stoppage-time seconds to turn the game on its head and give Paddy McLaughlin his first trophy as Reds manager.

    A great game and an unforgettable conclusion.

    Ballymena are back in action when they travel to Seaview to take on Crusadewrs on Saturday, with Cliftonville given more of a rest before their trip up north to face Coleraine on Monday night.

    That's all from us tonight - thanks for joining us!

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    Video caption: Smash and grab from Cliftonville to win the Shield
  2. 'Hopefully this silences our critics' - McLaughlin

    Cliftonville 2-1 Ballymena United

    Quote Message: These boys have been doing it time and time again. You never write them off. There are too many people outside our dressing room that have written them off, individually and as a team, it's very harsh and hopefully that keeps them quiet now. We know when we drop pour standards how we can let things slip but they're always working and give everything for the team. We've had a couple of poor performances in the last week and it seems the knives were out again, so hopefully that puts the critics back into their box for a couple of weeks. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  3. 'It's surreal' - Reds hero Curran

    Cliftonville 2-1 Ballymena United

    Quote Message: It's surreal. We knew there would be six or seven minutes added on. I think we've had better days but we knew we could always create a chance and when we could, we could take it. from Ryan Curran Cliftonville striker
    Ryan CurranCliftonville striker

    Cliftonville 2-1 Ballymena United

    Cliftonville have done it!

    They are the 2020 County Antrim Shield champions and they've clinched it in the most dramatic fashion.

    1-0 down to Leroy Millar's goal, the Reds fought back deep into stoppage-time, with the two substitutes - Thomas Maguire and Ryan Curran - striking in the dying embers to give Paddy McLaughlin his first piece of silverware as Cliftonville boss.

    What a breathless finish. Heartache for Ballymena, ecstasy for Cliftonville.

  5. GOAL

    Cliftonville 2-1 Ballymena United

    Ryan Curran wins it for Cliftonville!


    Maguire drives down the right flank, finds the cross. McMenamin's shot is blocked, but it comes to Curran and his first-time finish is exquisite!

  6. GOAL

    Cliftonville 1-1 Ballymena United

    Thomas Maguire equalises in the 95th-minute!

    What drama. McMenamin's shot is too hot for Williamson to handle and it falls to the youngster, who pokes home from point-blank range!

    It looks like we're heading for extra-time.


    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    David Jeffrey is not best pleased...

  8. CLOSE!

    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    Lecky, who's been first-class tonight, tries to chip Brush from outside the box but he can't quite keep it down.

    Wonderful imagination from the totemic striker.

  9. Post update

    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    Cliftonville are running out of time.

    They're struggling to keep hold of possession at the moment though.


    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    Cliftonville make their final substitution as Thomas Maguire replaces McCrudden.

  11. Post update

    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    Steven McCullough is down receiving treatment following a collision with Ruaidhri Donnelly.

  12. Captain fantastic as Millar puts Ballymena ahead

    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

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    Video caption: Leroy Millar gives Ballymena the lead
  13. Donnelly down...

    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    Ruaidhri Donnelly has gone down and looks to be in a great deal of discomfort.


    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    Ryan Curran replaces Liam Bagnall in a very attack-minded substitution from Reds boss Paddy McLaughlin.

  15. SAVE!

    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    McDermott drives at the heart of the Ballymena defence and thumps a right-footed shot towards Williamson's left-hand corner.

    The Ballymena keeper gathers...then loses it momentarily but reclaims it before the ball crosses the line!

    Heart-in-mouth moment for Ballymena fans there.

  16. Post update

    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    McCrudden picks out McMenamin at the far post but Millar intervenes with a crucial header and flicks the ball away from danger.

    Outstanding positioning from the Ballymena captain and goalscorer.

  17. SAVE!

    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    Aaron Donnelly plays a lovely reverse pass into Gormley but Williamson is equal to the shot!

    Big moment.

  18. WIDE!

    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    Millar, who understandably has his tail up, tries his luck from distance but his rasping left-footed drive drifts just wide!

  19. GOAL

    Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

    Ballymena take the lead through Leroy Millar!

    McGrory has space on the right and produces a fantastic cross which eludes Richard Brush and leaves the Sky Blues captain with an easy finish at the far post.

    First blood to Ballymena after 54 minutes!

  20. SAVE!

    Cliftonville 0-0 Ballymena United

    What a chance for Cliftonville as Gormley charges forward before laying it off to Ruaidhri Donnelly, whose shot is deflected and beaten away by Williamson.

    Donnelly perhaps could have taken the shot on first time, but he decided to take a touch.

    The move was launched by an explosive turn of pace by McMenamin, who's looked impressive once again this evening.