SIX GOAL THRILLER AT SOLITUDE
Cliftonville and Crusaders played out an entertaining six-goal thriller in the derby at Solitude.
Paul Heatley opened the scoring for the Crues after just 37 seconds after nodding home Jarlath O'Rourke's cross against the far post.
That was how it stayed until a flurry of goals early in the second half.
The Reds, playing their first game under interim boss Declan O'Hara, levelled on 48 minutes when Rory Hale slotted into the net after receiving the ball from Joe Gormley.
Ronan Hale then edged the Reds in front a couple of minutes after that after running onto another Gormley ball but, moments later, O'Rourke equalised for the Crues with a superb finish into the top corner.
Remarkably Cliftonville regained the advantage again just before the hour after Gormley found the scoresheet himself when he cut inside to curling the ball home.
But, just as he opened the scoring almost from the kick-off, Heatley completed it in stoppage time after the Reds defence failed to clear the ball following a goalmouth scramble.
Cliftonville: Gartside, Gallagher, C. Curran, Rory Hale, Lowe, Gormley, Casey, Turner, Ronan Hale, Coates, Moore subs G. Doherty, Ives, Addis, R. Curran, Parkhouse, McDonagh, R. Doherty
Crusaders: Tuffey, Hegarty, Weir, Caddell, O’Rourke, Owens, Winchester, Larmour, Heatley, McKeown, Clarke subs Murphy, Lecky, Ebbe, Stewart, Boyd, Barr, Quinn