Cliftonville go top after Linfield win

Published Saturday, 29 March 2014
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Cliftonville celebrated victory against rivals Linfield in Saturday's cross-city derby in the Danske Bank Premiership to go top of the table.

Cliftonville go top after Linfield win
Liam Boyce celebrates Cliftonville's third goal. (© Presseye)

The 3-1 win puts the Reds one point clear of their Windsor Park rivals in the league.

The game sprung into life early in the second period when Cliftonville forward Liam Boyce capitalised on an Aaron Burns error to give the Reds the lead in the 47th minute.

Joe Gormley doubled their advantage in the 70th minute scoring at the third attempt past Blues goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey.

That was despite appeals from Linfield that Cliftonville player Chris Curran had handled the ball in the run up to the goal.

Linfield got back into the game soon after when Michael Gault sent a 20 yard shot into the top corner.

But that was as good as it got for David Jeffrey's side. Boyce grabbed his third of the game in the 83rd minute after a neat turn and finish in the Linfield box to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

Cliftonville now know that if they win their remaining games or at least match Linfield's results they will retain the league championship for the first time in the club's history.

Elsewhere, Gary Hamilton's Glenavon put four past Glentoran without reply at The Oval to take home all three points.

Crusaders won 3-1 against Portadown at Seaview and Dungannon Swifts won 2-1 over Ballymena United.

And in the day's remaining fixture, Ballinamallard United scored an important 2-1 victory over Coleraine at Ferney Park.

Irish Danske Bank Premiership results:

Linfield 1 - 3 Cliftonville
Linfield: Michael Gault (74).
Cliftonville: Liam Boyce (47,83) Joe Gormley (70).

Glentoran 0 - 4 Glenavon
Glenavon: Tiarnan Mulvenna (pen 53), Mark Patton (70), Andrew Hoey (81), Gareth McKeown (90).

Crusaders 3 - 1 Portadown
Crusaders: Gary McCutcheon (45+1), Jordan Owens (50), Paul Heatley (61)
Portadown: Darren Murray (35).

Ballymena United 1 - 2 Dungannon Swifts
Ballymena: Neal Gawley (90+3).
Dungannon: Gary Liggett (32), Ryan Harpur (68).

Ballinamallard United 2 - 1 Coleraine
Ballinamallard: Ryan Campbell (53), Richard Lecky (79).
Coleraine: Gareth Tommons (64).

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Comments Comments
s magowan in belfast wrote (301 days ago):
Darzo?if every team in the Irish League had a thousand Darzos supporting them,then maybe gate revenue at the grounds would increase.It is obvious that Linfield have plenty of dedicated supporters like Darzo following them home and away and that is the reason why they are an affluent and successful club.
Davy in Shankill wrote (304 days ago):
Hats off to the Reds. They wanted it more than us. Ive said all along that i believed they have a better footballing side than us.With Boyce and Gormley in that team, and the quality in midfield they will be hard to stop. Saturday proved Linfield are still that wee bit short in quality. Great to see such a big crowd at an Irish league game. Great game of football also with end to end action. Both teams certainly went for it. Belfast's big two now seem to be Linfield and Cliftonville, given the size and magnitude of Saturday. Still a lot to play for yet though.Well done Reds.
S.B. in Belfast wrote (304 days ago):
It was 3 - 1 but it could just as easily have been 10 - 1; the Reds were that dominant. Even the Linfield fans knew their side were being giving a pasting in front of them and they sat in the stands very quietly. I have said it before but this Linfield team is very, very poor compared to previous Blues sides and other teams will definately take points off them before the end of the season; the Reds have now beaten them 4 times in the League. The football Cliftonville played at Windsor on Saturday was the best I have seen in the Irish League in years and they are so far ahead of the others skill wise and ability now it is frightening. Having said that we have dropped silly points this season and have been a bit complacent in some games and it will take total focus and concentration to win this League now. Our biggest obstacle is ourselves but if we just play football it will take care of itself. COME ON YOU REDS!
martin in belfast wrote (304 days ago):
very good cliftonville performance and they deserved to leave with three points. still plenty of twists and turns left in the run in.
Ligonel in Ligonel wrote (304 days ago):
Lol @ darzo
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