CLIFTONVILLE TURN NORTH BELFAST RED
Goals from Rory Hale and Ben Wilson helped Cliftonville defeat Crusaders to win the north Belfast derby at Solitude.
The Reds led at the break when Wilson sent the ball into the area from wide on the left with Hale getting the slightest of touches to nod it past Jonny Tuffey.
Crusaders hit back early in the second half, however, through Lloyd Anderson who was on hand to turn the ball home after Cliftonville keeper David Odumosu had fumbled a Ross Clarke cross.
Odumosu redeemed himself later in the half with a superb finger tip save to keep out a Jordan Owens header that looked destined for the top corner.
Owens was almost the villain a few moments later, though, when his attempted clearance from Hale's cross into the box cannoned off his own crossbar before going out for a corner.
But, with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, Cliftonville did regain the advantage after a Hale delivery deflected into the path of Wilson who duly fired it into the roof of the net from close range.
Owens then came within a whisker of hitting Crusaders' second equaliser not long after that from a Jordan Forsythe but his header came back off the inside of an upright before being cleared by Chris Gallagher.
Cliftonville: Odumosu, Addis, Gallagher, Rory Hale, Mallon, Doherty, Casey, Turner, Ronan Hale, Kearney, Wilson subs Gartside, Pepper, Stewart, Curran, Gormley, Ashford, McGuinness
Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Weir, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Owens, Larmour, Smith, Robinson, Clarke, Anderson subs Williamson, Teelan, Kennedy, Maguire, McKenna, James, Bond