• JFile: :copy: Cannot find or read file: $/home/mharris/public_html/images/stories/picture250812_cliglen2.jpg
Joe Gormley (22)


Stephen Carson (69)


Barry Holland and Eamon Murray in action at Solitude (Picture: Russell Pritchard/


DESPITE being at a numerical disadvantage for most of the game Cliftonville earned a share of the spoils from this visit of Glentoran to Solitude.

Cliftonville were reduced to ten men after just 14 minutes. Glentoran striker Andrew Waterworth was chasing a through ball out of defence and used his pace to get past Barry Holland only to be brought down just outside the area prompting referee Raymond Crangle to show Holland a straight red card.

But Cliftonville's despair turned to joy just six minutes later when, from another long ball, Joe Gormley allowed it to drop just in front of him before lobbing it over Elliott Morris.

Eamonn Murray might have levelled for the Glens not long after when he troubled Conor Devlin with a sweet strike which the Reds 'keeper needed both fists to clear.

The Glens levelled on 69 minutes. Devlin thought he had protected Cliftonville's lead with a double save in a goalmouth scramble after Nixon had kept the ball alive only for Stephen Carson to eventually force the ball over the line.

And Nixon came close himself eight minutes later when he somehow squandered a free header from barely five yards out.

Moving into stoppage time, Richard Gibson almost connected with a Carson cross while Martin Murray's follow-up was well saved.

Then, right at the end, Jimmy Callacher almost snatched it for the Glens with a 25-yard volley which sailed just the wrong side of the target.


Attendance: 1214

Tags:  Cliftonville  Glentoran