CLIFTONVILLE 2 GLENAVON 1
Cliftonville maintained their recent fine form with a battling victory over 10-man Glenavon at Solitude, where home fans were left biting their nails in a nervy finale.
The hosts had seen a plethora of chances come and go before Liam Boyce pounced to open the scoring with 27 minutes on the clock and, after Mark Patton had sent an attempt against the base of the crossbar at one end, the ball was in the net as the other as Joe Gormley clocked up number 22 for the season.
Glenavon skipper Eddie McCallion insisted the ball had crept out of play in the build up to that goal and let his fury be known to referee Ross Dunlop - who promptly produced a red card for the former Derry City stalwart.
A man light, the Lurgan Blues rallied to pull one back through Ciaran Martyn but were unable to make their late momentum count for anything.
CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin 7, McGovern 7, R Scannell 7, Donnelly 8, Seydak 7, Smyth 8, Catney 8, Gormley 7, Murray 8, Doherty 8, Boyce 8. Subs: McNally, McMullan, McNeill, O’Carroll (for Murray, 73 mins) 6, Cosgrove (for Gormley, 82 mins) 6.
GLENAVON: Coleman 8, Neill 7, McCallion 5, Murphy 6, Lindsay 5, Bates 6, Patton 7, McGrory 6, Marshall 7, McCabe 6, Martyn 7. Subs: Kilmartin (for McCabe, 65 mins) 6, Hamilton (for Bates, 69 mins) 7, McDaid, McKeown (for Lindsay, 13 mins) 7, McIlveen.
REFEREE: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus) 7