REDS HIT SECOND HALF THREE TO CLAIM POINTS
Three second half goals helped Cliftonville to a sweeping victory over Carrick Rangers at Solitude.
The first 45 minutes proved to be fairly low key with Carrick creating the first effort of note through Jordan Gibson but his low shot was parried by Richard Brush.
For Cliftonville, an Aaron Donnelly corner was flicked on by Joe Gormley but went over the bar while Christopher Rodgers later blocked a Conor McMenamin chance.
The Reds went in front just after the hour through Thomas Maguire after he got onto the rebound when Gormley's initial effort came back off the bar.
Then, on 72 minutes, McMenamin made it 2-0 with a close range finish past Aaron Hogg following a counter attack from a corner.
And the scoring was complete soon after when Gormley finally found the target from an inch perfect Maguire cross.
Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, O'Reilly, Harney, McCrudden, McMenamin, Donnelly, Bagnall, Doherty, Gormley, Maguire subs Dunne (not used), C. Curran (replaced Doherty 77), O'Connor (replaced McMenamin 82), R. Curran (replaced Gormley 82), Foster (not used), McKee (not used), Casey (not used)
Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Neale, Rodgers, Loughran, Chapman, Frazer, Kelly, Ferrin, Smith, Gibson, Anderson subs McKinty (not used), Tully (replaced Frazer 60), Fearon (replaced Smith 74), Gordon (not used), Cherry (replaced Anderson 74), Colligan (not used), Glendinning (not used)