Cliftonville’s Cosgrove on target in stalemate at Dungannon Swifts

Dungannon's Andrew Burns with Cliftonville's David McDaid
Dungannon's Andrew Burns with Cliftonville's David McDaid

D’gannon 1 Cliftonville 1

Tomas Cosgrove’s late, late equaliser rescued Cliftonville in a dramatic game at Stangmore Park.

Andrew Mitchell looked to have won it for Dungannon when he put them in front 15 minutes from time.

But yet again Dungannon blew it in the final moments.

Cliftonville had the best of the early chances, drawing the first save of the game in the fourth minute.

David McDaid was fouled on the edge of the box, but Andy Coleman got down well to block Martin Donnelly’s curling free-kick.

McDaid and Mitchell had chances at either end, before Cliftonville had the ball in the net.

Martin Murray’s drive was spilled by the goalkeeper and Joe Gormley slotted home – but from an offside position.

Abby Sanusi also threatened for Dungannon with a rising strike.

Cliftonville suffered a blow towards the end of the half when Johnny Flynn, who took a knock earlier in the game, had to go off injured. Jamie McGovern came on in his place.

After the break Gormley’s strike from a tight angle was blocked. McDaid couldn’t reach the loose ball as it drifted across goal, with Murray’s shot charged down by a defender.

At the other end Kris Lowe made a terrific run through the visitors’ defence, but his shot was straight at the goalkeeper.

Devlin denied Glackin and then Mitchell in quick succession.

But there was nothing he could do about Swifts’ opener in the 75th minute.

Jamie Douglas, a 64th minute sub, delivered a superb ball to the back post where Mitchell was on hand to tap home.

But Cliftonville struck back three minutes from time.

A free-kick was played to the back post, James Knowles’ shot was blocked but Cosgrove fired home from the rebound.

DGN SWIFTS: Coleman, Lowe, Burns, Wilson, Grieve, McCullough, Harpur (Douglas, 64), Hutchinson, Sanusi (Hazley 60), Glackin, Mitchell (Liggett, 88)

Subs not used: S Lavery, O’Rourke

CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin, Flynn (McGovern, 41), McMullan, McDaid (McCarron, 71), Donnelly, Seydak, Smyth, Winchester (Knowles, 73), Gormley, Murray, Cosgrove

Subs not used: Donnelly, Mulvenna

Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrick)