Irish Premiership: Cliftonville 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Cliftonville 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Cliftonville moved to within five points of Premiership leaders Crusaders thanks to this Solitude victory.

The hosts seized control after a tight opening and Stephen Garrett saw his shot hit the woodwork before the lively Chris Curran fizzed just over.

Martin Donnelly got the final touch from a goalmouth scramble to put the Reds ahead seconds before the break.

Reds skipper George McMullan fired wide and Andy Coleman saved from Donnelly as Cliftonville secured a deserved win.

What they said

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle said: "I don't think we played as well as we usually do although we have seven players out.

"We were a bit slower than normal in the first half but we got our game sorted and flowing and we scored the goal at a good time."

Dungannon boss Rodney McAree said: "In the first half we were below par and our ball retention was poor, but the second half was much better."

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