Linfield see red in derby clash

Published Saturday, 01 February 2014
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Linfield saw red in their top of the table clash with Cliftonville at Solitude on Saturday to allow their cross city rivals to close the gap in the league.

Linfield see red in derby clash
Marc Smyth celebrates his goal for Cliftonville. (© Presseye)

Cliftonville now sit just two points from the top of the Irish Premiership table after their narrow victory over leaders Linfield, as wet conditions caused the postponement of half of the top-flight fixtures.

Ballinamallard's match against Crusaders, Dungannon Swifts' clash with Coleraine and Glenavon's meeting with Ards were all postponed due to waterlogged pitches, leaving just three games going ahead.

The game at Solitude was never in any danger thanks to Cliftonville's artificial surface, and manager Tommy Breslin will be glad the game was able to go ahead after the newly-crowned League Cup champions picked up what could prove to be a crucial victory over the league leaders.

The only goal of the game came in the 64th minute, when Martin Donnelly's free kick from the left was headed home by Mark Smyth.

Two minutes after the goal, the Blues hopes of getting back on level terms were dealt a blow when Robert Garrett was sent off.

The loss is Linfield's first in the league since losing to the Reds at the end of November.

Elsewhere, Warrenpoint Town pulled off something of a shock as they earned a 2-1 victory over Glentoran at the Oval.

There was little to speak of in the way of quality during a dismal first half played in poor conditions, but the game came to life six minutes after the restart when Marty Havern netted the opener from a great pass from Liam Bagnall.

David Scullion capitalised on some hesitancy in the visitors' defence to convert Aaron Boyd's cross in the 62nd minute, but 10 minutes later Padraig Smyth sealed the victory for Warrenpoint when he converted on the rebound after Stephen McCabe's shot had been well stopped by Elliot Morris.

The result means the Glens are now without a win in their last two league games, while Warrenpoint move up to ninth in the table.

Finally Portadown secured a 1-0 victory over Ballymena United to move above Crusaders and into third place in the table.

Sean Mackle's spectacular strike 15 minutes from time proved enough to put Ronnie McFall's side among the European places, although Crusaders do have two games in hand.

Danske Bank Premiership Results:

Cliftonville 1 - 0 Linfield
CLiftonville: Marc Smyth (64)
Linfield: Robert Garrett sent off (66)

Glentoran 1 - 2 Warrenpoint Town
Glentornan: David Scullion (62)
Warrenpoint: Marty Havern (51) Padraig Smith (70)

Portadown 1 - 0 Ballymena United
Portadown: Sean Mackle (75)

Ballinamallard United OFF Crusaders
Dungannon Swifts OFF Coleraine
Glenavon OFF Ards

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Comments Comments
geeire in falls wrote (362 days ago):
well put davy true supporter well done reds
Solitude Soul in whitehouse wrote (362 days ago):
This was undoubtedly another massive three points for the Reds. We are not playing to a typical, high standards and the magic of both Boyce and Gormley has subsided some what. But rest assure if we begin to click and Linfield drop further points we will retain the cup. Im not going to gloat as there is still a long way to go, but i genuinely feel that once we get to the summit we will not be moved. "That's why where Champions"!!!
Barzo in North Korea wrote (363 days ago):
Get in there! That's why we're champions! COME ON YOU REDS! SUPER CLIFTONVILLE!
Darzo in Co Down wrote (363 days ago):
I always comment no matter happens as i am a true linfield support through think and thin!! SUPER LINFIELD
Darzo in Co Down wrote (363 days ago):
Its amazing how all these so called cliftonville supporters never comment when the lose haha shame!! We ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE SAY WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE! SUPER LINFIELD
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