With the scores tied at 4-4 following extra-time, ex-Reds shot stopper Fynn Talley saved two spot-kicks in the shootout from Marcus Dackers and Connor McLennan to help Darren Ferguson’s side set up a second round clash with Doncaster Rovers.
It isn’t the first time that Talley has displayed his penalty prowess as the 21-year-old also starred in Cliftonville’s County Antrim Shield win against Bangor last season, saving the Seasiders’ sixth penalty to seal progression for Paddy McLaughlin’s men.
He was also involved in a shootout against Linfield in the next round of that competition, saving Cammy Palmer’s penalty, but Cliftonville were ultimately eliminated 5-4.
While on loan from Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion, Talley made four appearances in all competitions for the Solitude side, including one in the Premiership during a 3-1 defeat away to Coleraine.
"He made two really big saves and he played a really big part in us getting through,” Ferguson told the club’s website. “It was quite a comfortable decision to play him because I feel I need to play him in more testing games than the Trophy.
"Tonight was a good chance to do that.
"It was nothing to do with Nick's (Bilokapic) game on Saturday - he played well, but if Nick was to go down injured, I need to see the boy in more competitive games. I thought he did fine, had no fault for the goals and saved a few penalty kicks."