Garrett strike keeps Reds at the summit

Dungannon Swifts Terry Fitzpatrick and Cliftonville's  Martin Donnelly

Dungannon Swifts Terry Fitzpatrick and Cliftonville's Martin Donnelly

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Dungannon Swifts 1 Cliftonville 2

A late, late strike from Stephen Garrett sent Cliftonville back to the top of the league after they claimed a dramatic victory at Stangmore Park.

After a goal-less first half, the champions fell behind to Chris Lavery’s 48th minute strike.

The Dungannon winger scored at the second attempt following a cross by Kris Lowe.

However, the Reds were back on level terms eight minutes later when Chris Curran’s delivery was turned home by Diarmuid O’Carroll.

Both sides had chances but, just as it seemed the game was heading for a draw, the Reds struck.

It came after a scramble in the box, which saw Gareth Buchanan make a tremendous save, but Garrett followed up to snatch the points.

DGN SWIFTS: Buchanan, McMinn (Brennan, 67), Fitzpatrick, Topley, Lowe, Hazley, C Lavery, Glackin, Liggett, S Lavery (Tomelty, 65), Hutchinson

Subs not used: Turker, Harpur, McCullough

CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin, McGovern, Johnston (Winchester, 72), McNally, McMullan, Donnelly (C Scannell, 80), O’Carroll, Seydak, Catney, Curran, Murray (Garrett, 63)

Subs not used: R Scannell, Caldwell

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)