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Live Reporting

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  1. Signing off

    Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville

    That's all from us for now - remember the big top-two showdown between Larne and Linfield is live on the BBC Sport website on Friday night.

    Bye for now...


    Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville

    The champions move to within one point of leaders Larne thanks to quickire goals from Shayne Lavery and Kirk Millar in the first five minutes of the second half.

    Linfield edged affairs in an otherwise lacklustre meeting between the Belfast rivals and for it was a much required response to the defeat by Warrenpoint last weekend.


    Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville

    So close for the visitors as Ronan Doherty sees his volley deflect off team-mate Thomas Maguire and clip the top of the Linfield bar.

    Much better from the Reds but they've only 15 minutes left to salvage something out of this game.

  4. Reds not clicking at Windsor

    Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville

    A tepid response so far from the Reds to going two down and boss Paddy McLaughlin has made a double switch in attack.

    Joe Gormley and Michael McCrudden make way for Ryan Curran and Thomas Maguire.

  5. Millar makes it two

    Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville

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    Video caption: Kirk Millar makes it two
  6. Lavery opens the scoring

    Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville

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    Video caption: Shayne Lavery opens the scoring
  7. GOAL

    Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville

    What a start to the second half for the champions as Kirk Millar doubles their lead.

    The ball falls to the winger after good work from Shayne Lavery and he runs across the goalmouth before slotting home.

    Can the Reds recover after the quickfire double?

  8. GOAL

    Linfield 1-0 Cliftonville

    Blues striker Shayne Lavery makes the breakthrough two minutes after the restart with an excellent strike.

    The Northern Ireland international belts the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards - a superb finish.


    Linfield 0-0 Cliftonville

    A decent start but a largely disappointing opening 45 minutes of football and devoid of clearcut chances.

    It must get better in the second half with so much attacking talent on show.

  10. Post update

    Linfield 0-0 Cliftonville

    The chances have dried up after a bright opening and it's a pretty even affair now at Windsor Park.

    Linfield had a free-kick in perfect position 20 yards out but Niall Quinn sent his strike straight into the arms of Richard Brush.

  11. Gormley tests Walsh with powerful strike

    Linfield 0-0 Cliftonville

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    Video caption: Joe Gormley tests David Walsh from distance

    Linfield 0-0 Cliftonville

    David Walsh gets down at his nearpost to keep out a powerful strike from Reds frontman Joe Gormley - from the resulting corner Conor Pepper clears off the line from Conor McMenamin's shot.

  13. Mulgrew starts on front foot

    Linfield 0-0 Clifonville

    Jamie Mulgrew goes close again for the Blues, this time finishing a fine move by lifting the ball just over with the outside of his tight foot.

    Maybe third time lucky for the classy midfielder?

  14. CLOSE!

    Linfield 0-0 Cliftonville

    Good start from the Blues with skipper Jamie Mulgrew fizzing wide from long range.

  15. Team news

    Linfield v Cliftonville

    Linfield: Walsh, Stafford, Callacher, Stewart, MIllar, Lavery, Clarke, McClean, Mulgrew, Pepper. Quinn.

    Subs: Larkin, Haughey, Waterrworth, Shevlin, Kearns, Doyle, Hery.

    Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Breen, O'Reilly, C Curran, McCrudden, McMenamin, Foster, Donnelly, Bagnall, Gormley.

    Subs: Dunne, O'Connor, R Curran, McKee, Doherty, Casey, Maguire.

  16. Blues playing catch-up

    Linfield v Cliftonville

    Larne's late win over Glenavon takes them four points clear of Linfield, who have the chance to narrow that gap this evening.

    The champions were beaten for the first time last weekend by Warrenpoint and they'll be desperate to make amends at their Windsor Park home.

    It's been a mixed bag for the Reds this season - four wins and four defeats - and the they sit seven points behind the hosts.

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