Cliftonville stay top after Glentoran win

Cliftonville's Chris Curran with Glentoran's Mark Miskimmin
Cliftonville's Chris Curran with Glentoran's Mark Miskimmin


Cliftonville kept their grip on the Danske Bank Premiership title with this victory over Glentoran on Saturday.

Second half goals from Chis Curran and Joe Gormley helped the Reds wear down a spirited Glens defence at Solitude.

The champions had to wait to the 52nd minute to break the deadlock with a rasping effort from Curran.

Gormley doubled the lead in the 57th minute to take his season tally to 36 - and equal Liam Boyce’s club record of most goals in a season.

The second goal came a minute after Glentoran defender Johnny Addis had been sent off for two bookable offences.

The win keeps the champions one point ahead of Linfield with just three games remaining.

All the action arrived after a subdued opening half.

Elliott Morris tipped Barry Johnston’s shot over the bar in the 18th minute, with the Glens keeper also denying Ryan Catney with another diving save in the 35th minute.

At the other end Curtis Allen tested Conor Devlin with a shot from inside the box and Stevie Gordon curled a low effort wide of the target.

The Glens could have taken the lead in the 50th minute, but Allen’s shot from an acute angle darted across the face of goal.

Cliftonville broke the deadlock two minutes later with a delightful finish from Curran.

The winger picked up possession wide on the left, cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard shot into the top corner.

The Glens were reduced to 10 men in the 56th minute with Addis being shown a second yellow card for a foul on Liam Boyce, and less than a minute later the Reds made their advantage count.

Marty Donnelly picked up possession on he edge of the box before feeding Gormley on the right channel, and the striker hammered a right-foot shot past Morris from 15 yards.

In injury time Glens substitute Danny McKee hit the post after he lifted his shot over th advancing Devlin.

CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin, McGovern, Scannell, Johnston (Winchester 70), Donnelly, Seydak (Cosgrove 70), Smyth, Catney, Gormley, Curran, Boyce.

Subs not used: Garrett, O’Carroll, Murray.

GLENTORAN: Morris, Hill, Bradley, Garrett, Addis, McAlorum, McGuigan, Gordon, McCaffrey, Allen (McKee 83), Miskimmin (Scullion 61).

Subs not used: Kerr, Stewart, Nelson.

Referee: Colin Burns (Comber)