Published Saturday, 29 March 2014
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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