Irish Premiership: Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Cliftonville

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Dungannon Swifts are held to a 1-1 draw by faltering champions Cliftonville

Cliftonville hopes of landing a third successive Irish Premiership title suffered another blow when they dropped two points away to Dungannon Swifts.

Andrew Mitchell gave Dungannon the lead in the 75th minute, finishing off at the back post after Matt Hazley had fired across the face of the Cliftonville goal.

Tomas Cosgrove got Tommy Breslin's champions level on 87 minutes, shooting in when the home defence had failed to clear a Martin Donnelly free-kick.

In the first half, Joe Gormley had the ball in the net but it was disallowed for offside.

Cliftonville have not won in four league matches now - recording two defeats and two draws.

They are seven points behind the new leaders Crusaders.

Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin: "There are 15 games to go, but I would rather be in the position Crusaders are in.

"Credit to Dungannon, they battled hard and got their goal.

"We have to be more clinical when we get opportunities and be more determined defensively because we are giving away too many soft goals."

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