Published Saturday, 15 September 2012
Jamie Mulgrew and Ronan Scannell battle it out at Windsor Park. (© Pacemaker)
After an uneventful first half the Blues took the lead against the run of play when Mark McAllister converted a Niall Quinn corner in the 60th minute.
However the lead lasted just two minutes, with Liam Boyce hitting the equaliser for the Reds when he was quickest to a long ball forward and knocked the ball past Linfield stopper Alan Blayney.
Tommy Breslin's side pressed for a winner, and got their reward when the excellent Barry Holland played the ball back across goal for George McMullan to tap in.
The win sees Cliftonville move to the top of the table on goal difference, while Linfield lie in eighth place.
Coleraine meanwhile drop to second place after they played out a drab goalless draw with third-placed Glentoran at the Oval.
The biggest incident of note came in the 36th minute, when Mark Clarke was sent off for a reckless challenge.
Both sides had chances in the second half but in the end the draw was a fair result.
Crusaders retained fourth spot courtesy of a 2-0 win over Donegal Celtic at Seaview.
The Crues had to wait until 15 minutes from time when Chris Morrow opened the scoring with a glancing header, and Gary McCutcheon doubled the lead five minutes later when he fired in from the spot after being pulled down by Sean Cleary inside the area.
Ballinamallard United's fairytale start to life in the top flight continued as they earned a 2-0 win at the expense of Portadown.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 71st minute when Ports goalkeeper David Miskelly could only parry Jason McCartney's cross into the path of Ryan Campbell, who made no mistake from close range.
The victory was sealed two minutes later thanks to a superb solo goal from Chris Curran who followed up a great run with a rasping drive that left Miskelly with no chance.
In the game at Ballyskeagh Lisburn Distillery once again fell to defeat, this time at the hands of Glenavon.
The only goal of the game came in the 21st minute, when Ciaran Doherty slid in to provide the finishing touch to a tantalising cross.
Finally Ballymena United could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Dungannon Swifts.
Davisd Cushley's 82nd superb minute effort was cancelled out by a Josh Cahoon effort deep into injury time to ensure both sides a share of the spoils.
Saturday's results in full:
Ballinamallard 2-0 Portadown
Ballinamallard: Campbell 71, Curran 73.
Ballymena United 1 - 1 Dungannon Swifts
Ballymena United: Cushley 82.
Dungannon Swifts: Cahoon 92.
Crusaders 2 - 0 Donegal Celtic
Crusaders: Morrow 75, McCutcheon 80 (penalty).
Glentoran 0 - 0 Coleraine
Linfield 1 - 2 Cliftonville
Linfield: McAllister 61.
Cliftonville: Boyce 63, McMullan 68.
Lisburn Distillery 0 - 1 Glenavon
Glenavon: Doherty 21.