McMullan crushes Pat's
St Pat's Ath 0
St Patrick's Athletic suffered a heavy loss against Cliftonville in last night's first-round, first-leg encounter at Solitude.
Despite enjoying the bulk of possession and creating some decent opportunities, Pat's were handed a lesson in finishing by a Cliftonville side which will take a healthy advantage into next week's return meeting.
Saints' preparations for this match were hardly ideal, with last week's proposed friendly with Waterford United falling victim to a watterlogged Richmond Park pitch ahead of Friday night's run-out against Longford, which ended in defeat.
Evan McMillan sent a second- minute header over the top and Daryl Kavanagh failed to get sufficient power into a decent close-range chance soon later.
Daniel North was then unfortunate when his effort from a narrow angle was kept out by home 'keeper John Connolly before Cliftonville took the lead.
There seemed little danger as Barry Johnston attempted to fashion an opening outside the area until he teed up George McMullan, who curled home a beauty from 25 yards.
Connolly then denied North before the hosts doubled their advantage when Mark Holland bundled home from a corner.
McMullan then claimed his second of the night when his 48th-minute effort found the net via a deflection off McMillan, while Sean Stewart's point-blank strike was stopped by Connolly late on.
CLIFTONVILLE -- Connolly, Fleming, B Holland (O'Connor 46), M Holland (Donnelly 71), McMullan, C Scannell, Garrett, Seydak, Johnston, Kane, McVeigh.
ST PAT'S -- Rogers, Pender, Bermingham, E McMillan (Stewart 82), Kavanagh, Bradley, North, D McMillan, Doyle (Keegan 65), Shortall, Crowley ( O'Brien 74).
REF -- D Malcolm (Bangor).