THE CLIFTONVILLE dream is over.
In front of a capacity crowd of 5,442 the Reds went down 3-0 to Celtic in an historic game played out at Solitude in north Belfast.
But Celtic were just too slick and too clinical for the Danske Bank Irish Premier League Champions.
The second leg takes place next week in Glasgow and Cliftonville hope that Celtic don’t hammer them with more goals.
In the second half, Cliftonville came out fighting with a two nil deficit to climb.
But when James Forrest made it 3-0 to The Hoops, it was the final nail in the coffin for Tommy Breslin’s men who would have hoped to have kept a clean sheet to go to Celtic Park with the chance of sneaking an away goal.
However, it wasn’t to be.
There was a tremendous atmosphere at Solitude before a capacity crowd of 5,442 in north Belfast.
But Celtic coped better under the bright Belfast evening sunlight.
Lustig put the visitors 1-0 nil up after 24 minutes with a fabulous goal which stunned Reds fans.
And six minutes later Georgios Samaras put The Hoops two up.
Ten minutes before half time Chris Commons thought he had score when he thumped a shot goal wards which struck the post and bounced away from the goal.
It will be an uphill task for Cliftonville in the second leg to try and claw back three goals and stop Celtic scoring anymore.