Rory Donnelly powers home a header (©INPHO/Freddie Parkinson)
Saturday, 01 December 2018
Cliftonville hit five goals past Dungannon Swifts with a clinical display of scoring at Solitude.
Dungannon moved in front after just five minutes when Mark Patton swung over a free-kick from wide on the right which the unfortunate Jamie Harney turned into his own net whilst attempting to clear.
But Cliftonville levelled three minutes later through Rory Donnelly with a header into the top corner from Levi Ives' curling free-kick.
Then, on 18 minutes, Chris Curran edged the Reds into the lead after stepping inside from the left before producing a great finish past Alex Moore into the top corner.
Cliftonville's third arrived in somewhat fortuitous circumstances on 35 minutes when a Douglas Wilson clearance rebounded off referee Jamie Robinson before falling for Joe Gormley to send beyond Moore.
That was how it stayed until a further two goals midway through the second half put the game to bed.
On 68 minutes Rory Donnelly doubled his tally with a flicked header past Moore after Ives delivered another set piece.
And, six minutes after that, Gormley also grabbed his second of the game with a slotted finish from Donnelly's unselfish lay-off.
Cliftonville: Neeson, McGovern, Ives, Harney, C. Curran, Garrett, R. Donnelly, Catney, McConnell, Gormley, A. Donnelly subs Breen, Harkin, R. Curran, McDonald, Bagnall, Lavery, Maguire
Dungannon Swifts: Moore, Hegarty, Wilson, Armstrong, McElroy, Harpur, O’Rourke, Patton, Lowe, Hutchinson, Lafferty subs Dykes, McGinty, Burke, Coyle, Campbell, Smyth, O’Carroll
Referee: Jamie Robinson