Irish Cup: 'The Goal' controversy as 'Cantona' stunner sinks Bannsiders

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Jamie McDonagh, great goal

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Cliftonville booked a place in the last four of the Samuel Gelston’s Whiskey Irish Cup with a 2-1 victory over Coleraine at Solitude.

The Reds were forced to come from behind to get past the Bannsiders but started brightly when Ryan Curran attempted an acrobatic finish inside the opening ten minutes while, not long after that, Kris Lowe produced a diving save from keeper Gareth Deane.

However, the deadlock was broken mid-way through the first half in favour of the visitors when Lyndon Kane blasted past Luke McNicholas into the far corner after combining with Patrick Kelly to create the opening.

Cliftonville responded just over ten minutes into the second half through Joe 'The Goal' Gormley who turned supersub - moments after coming on for Rory Hale - to connect with a Jamie McDonagh cross to the far post and net from point blank range. The Bannsiders claimed in vain Gormley used his hands to force the ball in. 

McDonagh then got on the scoresheet himself to ultimately win the game for Paddy McLaughlin's side with a stunning 65th minute strike from just outside the area with Deane rooted to the spot. The 25-year-old's full name is Jamie Dean Cantona McDonagh - and this was a strike the Man United great would have been proud of. 

The action continues on Saturday afternoon with another three intriguing ties on offer.

Ballymena United and Larne go head-to-head in a derby encounter at The Showgrounds while Crusaders play host to Dungannon Swifts and Glentoran welcome Championship leaders Newry City to East Belfast.

Also on Friday night, Linfield moved top of the Danske Bank Premiership, on goal difference:

Jamie Dean Cantona McDonagh celebrates a brilliant winner at Solitude 

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