CLIFTONVILLE 2 COLERAINE 0
After ending 2013 in fine form, goals from Liam Boyce and Martin Donnelly ensured their New Year’s Day joust with Coleraine didn’t prove unlucky 13 as far as the Champions’ Premiership unbeaten run was concerned.
Though they suffered the frustration of a missed penalty with barely a minute on the clock, the Reds responded well to race to a victory which saw them take advantage of Linfield’s day off by edging to within three points of the Blues at the top of the table.
Boyce atoned for his failure from the spot by stroking the hosts ahead on 10 minutes and Donnelly lashed a delightful long-range strike home to condemn the Bannsiders to a ninth consecutive Premiership loss.
CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin, McGovern, R Scannell, Johnston, Donnelly, Seydak, Smyth, Catney, Gormley, Murray, Boyce. Subs: McMullan (for Seydak, 61 mins), O’Carroll, Curran, Cosgrove (for Scannell, 48 mins), Doherty (Murray, 80 mins).
COLERAINE: Shannon, McIlmoyle, Hegarty, Douglas, Ogilby, Harkin, Carson, Canning, E Bradley, Watt, J Bradley. Subs: Owens (for Watt, 60 mins), Browne (for Carson, 51 mins), Moore, McMullan, Drummond.
REFEREE: Andrew Davey (Bangor)