Cliftonville suffer late title blow as Jordan Stewart snatches point for Glentoran at Solitude

Cliftonville's Jay Donnelly with Glentoran's Jonathan Addis
Cliftonville's Jay Donnelly with Glentoran's Jonathan Addis

CLIFTONVILLE 1 GLENTORAN 1

Jordan Stewart pounced to earn Glentoran a share of the spoils in a tempestuous Solitude showdown with Cliftonville.

The youngster scrambled home a 90th minute leveller just as the Reds looked set to bank maximum points courtesy of Joe Gormley’s inch-perfect early opener.

His 18th minute lob of Elliott Morris was the difference between the sides for most of the game and, though the Glens carved out a series of openings after the interval, the hosts looked poised to cling on for the first Premiership win until the start of December – especially after Peter Cherrie’s sensational late save had thwarted substitute Curtis Allen.

But Stewart would have the final say when he showed good composure to tuck into the bottom corner and, though Cliftonville forced a couple of goalmouth scrambles in injury-time, there would be no last-gasp winner for the champions.

CLIFTONVILLE: Cherrie, McGovern, Scannell, McMullan, M Donnelly, Catney, Winchester, Gormley, J Donnelly, Cosgrove, Bonner. Subs: Bayly (Winchester, 61 mins), Knowles, Murray (J Donnelly, 74 mins), McCarron (McMullan, 54 mins), Morgan.

GLENTORAN: Morris, Kane, Birney, Scullion, Stewart, Henderson, McAlorum, Addis, Gordon, McKee, Holland. Subs: Allen (Gordon, 68 mins), Nelson (Henderson, 85 mins), McCaffrey (Scullion, 72 mins), McCullough, Hogg.

REFEREE: Ian McNabb (Newtownabbey)