Cliftonville 2-1 Carrick Rangers

Two goals by skipper Chris Scannell proved enough to give Cliftonville victory in a closely contest Premiership clash against Carrick.

Scannell's left-foot shot from George McMullan's ball put the Reds into the lead in the sixth minute.

Rangers equalised five minutes before half-time when former Cliftonville striker Stephen O'Neill turned the ball in from Paul Heatley's corner.

Scannell headed in a 75th-minute winner from Martin Donnelly's cross.

The win lifts Cliftonville up to fourth in the Irish Premiership table.

"We scored an early goal but them missed some chances which were probably easier," said Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin.

"That allowed Carrick to come back into it.

"We huffed and puffed and were thankful to get the second goal.

"That is 11 we have scored in a week, conceding just two, which is good."

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