IRISH LEAGUE: Chris Curran goal seals Cliftonville win at Dungannon

Cliftonville's Chris Curran and Dungannon's' Ryan Harpur
Cliftonville's Chris Curran and Dungannon's' Ryan Harpur

DUNGANNON SWIFTS 0 CLIFTONVILLE 1

Chris Curran fired Cliftonville to a narrow but deserved victory at Stangmore Park.

The midfielder scored the only goal with a first-half volley.

It was a rare moment of quality in an otherwise scrappy match.

Both sides were hit by suspension problems for this game.

Dungannon pair Douglas Wilson and Jamie Glackin were missing after their red cards at Glenavon last weekend.

Meanwhile, the Reds were without Eamon Seydak and Caoimhin Bonner.

David McDaid was also absent having failed to recover from the injury which forced him off against Linfield.

Cliftonville made a bright start with George McMullan testing Andy Coleman from range after 13 minutes.

Paul McElroy threatened for Dungannon, cutting inside and trying his luck from 20 yards, with the goalkeeper gathering at the second attempt.

The opening goal came after 28 minutes.

A free-kick from Martin Donnelly was headed out and Curran caught it on the volley, smashing it past Coleman.

Dungannon went close in bizarre circumstances 11 minutes after the restart.

Matt Hazley’s free-kick was caught by the goalkeeper, but he fumbled the ball and had to scramble it behind for a corner.

Sub Ciaran Murray saw a penalty appeal turned down - angering the visitors’ bench.

Andrew Mitchell then had a great chance to equalise but dragged his shot wide.

DGN SWIFTS: Coleman, Lowe, Armstrong, McCaffrey, O’Rourke, Harpur (McConnell, 71), Hazley, Teggart, Burke (Fitzpatrick, 49), McElroy (Douglas, 81), Mitchell

Subs not used: Addis, McCullough

CLIFTONVILLE: Burke, Flynn, Knowles, Curran (McNicholl, 87), McMullan, Garrett, M Donnelly (M Murray, 73), Smyth, Catney, Cosgrove, J Donnelly (C Murray, 65)

Subs not used: Brennan, Tolan

Referee: Ian McNabb (Newtownabbey)