Cliftonville 2-3 Portadown

Portadown have finished runners-up in the Irish Premiership as they overtook Cliftonville on the final day thanks to a Matt Tipton hat-trick at Solitude.

Tipton's neat shot on the turn gave the Ports a 19th-minute lead but Joe Gormley struck a quick equaliser.

On 27 minutes Tipton pounced to score from close-range and he netted his third from a penalty after George McMullan's foul on Jamie Tumelty.

Gormley fired into the roof of the net for his second in the 62nd minute.

Cliftonville could not find an equaliser but they still finished third in the table and qualify for the Europa League because fourth-placed Coleraine failed to win away to Crusaders.

Tommy Breslin's side had started brightly with Ryan Catney seeing a shot deflected off target for a corner and winger Martin Donnelly firing a shot wide.

The Ports got the opener in the 19th minute when Ross Redman swung the ball in and big defender Brian Gartland knocked it down for Tipton who swivelled to shoot in.

The lead lasted barely two minutes, though, as Cliftonville front man Gormley equalised with an instictive shot past keeper Tuda Murphy.

Portadown regained the lead in the 27th minute and again attacking full-back Redman was involved in the build-up. He whipped the ball into the danger area and Tipton nipped in front of home defender David McAlinden to finish at the near post.

That was Tipton's 23rd goal of the season but the former Macclesfield Town striker was not finished.

He completed a second hat-trick against the Reds in seven weeks with a penalty seven minutes before half-time.

George McMullan's foul on Jamie Tumelty was a clear spot-kick and Tipton netted to make it 3-1 to Ronnie McFall's men.

Cliftonville's hopes were revived when Gormley grabbed his second goal of the afternoon, scoring from just a few yards out after Chris Scannell had done well to battle for possession and play the ball across.

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