Irish Premiership: Dungannon Swifts 1-2 Cliftonville

Cliftonville beat Dungannon Swifts 2-1 to move back to the top of the Irish Premiership.

Cliftonville have returned to the Premiership summit after a late Stephen Garrett strike clinched a 2-1 win over Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.

Martin Donnelly hit the crossbar as the champions dominated the first half but Chris Lavery's close-range finish put the Swifts ahead just after the break.

Diarmuid O'Carroll stabbed in to level and Dungannon wasted chances before Garrett won it three minutes from time.

The hosts failed to clear a corner and the substitute forced the ball in.

Linfield moved two points clear after beating Glentoran on Friday night so the pressure was on Tommy Breslin's side going into Saturday's game.

The Reds were also without prolific strikers Joe Gormley and Liam Boyce through suspension and they were sorely missed as the Reds squandered a host of chances in the first half.

Donnelly was denied by the woodwork while Chris Curran curled a shot wide and Martin Murray fired straight at keeper Gareth Buchanan.

Buchanan also kept out efforts from Eamonn Seydak and O'Carroll while Murray sent his glancing header wide from Donnelly's cross.

Lavery gave Dungannon a surprise lead three minutes into the second half, netting on the follow-up after his shot from Jamie Glackin's cross was parried by Conor Devlin.

Cliftonville were level nine minutes later, a cross to the far post turned in by O'Carroll.

The Swifts wasted two glorious opportunities to restore their lead - Lavery had only Devlin to beat but fired straight the keeper before Glackin sliced over from four yards.

Garrett, returning from a long injury lay-off, saw his initial shot blocked by Buchanan but reacted quickest to slot in the winner and take Cliftonville a point ahead of the Blues in the title race.

"This was a sweet win, coming from behind and digging out a victory on a difficult pitch," said Garrett.

"We fought to the end and I'm just glad to get the winner - hopefully we can push on for the title."

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