Joe Gormley (90)


Joe Gormley knocks home Cliftonville's winner (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)


A late Joe Gormley strike earned Cliftonville all three points from Glentoran's visit to Solitude.

The first half was a relatively uneventful affair with chances at either end at something of a premium with perhaps the first real effort of note not arriving until just before the half-hour mark when Rory Donnelly fired over from around 12 yards from a Ross Lavery cross.

Glentoran started the second half brightly, with Conor Pepper sending the ball just wide of the target on 54 minutes while, soon after, Robbie McDaid was denied by a double save from home keeper Richard Brush.

Dylan Davidson did have the ball in the net for the Glens on 67 minutes but his goal was ruled out after spotting an infringement in the build up.

As the game moved into the closing minutes Cliftonville stepped up a gear, producing stops from Elliott Morris to deny both Ryan Curran and Gormley.

Then, in the 90th minute, Gormley knocked home what proved to be the winner from the edge of the area after Jay Donnelly had touched the ball off.

It got worse for the Glens moments later when Ross Redman was dismissed following a caution, his second of the game, for dissent.

Cliftonville: Brush, McGovern, Ives, Breen, C. Curran, R. Donnelly, Catney, Gormley, J. Donnelly, Lavery, Maguire subs Harney, R. Curran, Garrett, Neeson, McDonald, McConnell, McMenamin

Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Gallagher, Herron, Allen, McDaid, Kerr, Pepper, Crowe, Redman, Ferrin subs Nelson, Garrett, Birney, Davidson, Gordon, McCarthy, O'Neill

Referee: Ian McNabb

Attendance: 1543

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