A Joe Gormley hat-trick helped Cliftonville overcome a brave Warrenpoint Town side at Stangmore Park to keep up their 100 per cent league record so far this season.
Warrenpoint took a sensational lead in the seventh minute when Stephen Moan fed Stephen Hughes down the right hand side and the striker lashed in a fantastic low drive across a statue-esque Conor Devlin and into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
However, the Reds eventually settled and equalised just past the midway point of the half when Gormley beat the offside trap to slide the ball past Town keeper Jonny Parr to make it 1-1.
The Premiership champions went in front four minutes into the second half.
Diarmuid O’Carroll’s piledriver was excellently beaten out by Parr but only to Ryan Catney who finished from 18 yards.
A lively Warrenpoint side got back on level terms a minute after the hour when referee Mark Courtney adjudged Tomas Cosgrove to have taken down Stephen McCabe in area and McCabe stepped up to convert the resultant penalty.
Devlin had to be in form five minutes after the hour when Stephen Hughes’ shot was held by the keeper at full stretch before he had to do even better five minutes later to deny the same player with a stunning tip over the crossbar.
But it was ‘Joe the Goal’ who was the hero for Tommy Breslin’s side as he slammed home from a quickly taken free-kick despite the best efforts of Parr to make it three wins out of the three for the reigning title holders.
Gormley then sealed his hat-trick and all three points with Cliftonville’s fourth in injury time.
Warrenpoint Town: J Parr, Moan, M Hughes, Boyle, Cowan, Devlin, McCabe (Grant 64), S Parr, Bagnall, D Hughes (Johnston 76), S Hughes
Subs not used: Kearns, Smith, McGrath
Cliftonville: Devlin, McGovern, Johnston (McNeill H-T), Garrett, O’Carroll (Donnelly 68), Seydak (R Scannell 82), Catney, Gormley, Curran, Cosgrove, McVeigh
Subs not used: Smyth, Boyce
Referee: Mark Courtney (Bangor)