Daniel Hughes' second-half strike was enough to earn Cliftonville full points from this afternoon's Danske Bank Premiership encounter with Coleraine. Having rode their luck on a few occasions over the course of the match, the Reds took full advantage of momentary disorganisation in the Bannsiders' penalty area when Hughes pounced to stroke home from close range with an effort that proved sufficient to get the hosts back to winning ways. After Darren McCauley had sent a right-footed attempt wide of the mark in the opening minutes, Cliftonville threatened when a Jason McGuinness free-kick was nodded on by Jay Donnelly, with Hughes teeing Jude Winchester up for a strike that the midfielder failed to make a clean connection with. Shortly afterwards, the visitors should have pulled ahead when Chris Johns' long ball forward was headed beyond goalkeeper Jason Mooney by Jaimie McGovern, providing James McLaughlin with an open net that he failed to take advantage of, sending his first-time volley over the bar. Jamie McGonigle smashed a blistering effort off the base of the post early in the second-half but it was the Reds who made the breakthrough with 64 minutes on the clock; Martin Donnelly's dinked ball over the top for namesake Jay falling favourably for Hughes, who ghosted past defender Steven Douglas to touch in from eight yards. It was almost 2-0 shortly afterwards when more wing wizardry from Martin Donnelly ended with a pass to Hughes, whose cut-back was met by the in-rushing Winchester, only for Johns to make a smart stop. Coleraine's best chance of an equaliser came with a quarter of an hour remaining; substitute Gary Twigg's cross taking a huge deflection off McGovern, who was relieved to see Mooney react quickly to save. The keeper made sure of his clean sheet and all three points just a couple of minutes later when he kept hold of a McLaughlin header in what proved the Bannsiders' final opportunity of the afternoon.
Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine
Ruairi Harkin steers a pass beyond David Kee; Jude Winchester weaves away from Neil McCafferty and (right) Daniel Hughes beams with delight after finding the net
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Caoimhin Bonner Chris Curran Davy McDaid Ryan Catney Gary Donnelly
  
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Jason Mooney Jaimie McGovern Levi Ives Jason McGuinness James Knowles Martin Donnelly Daniel Hughes Ruairi Harkin Jude Winchester Jay Donnelly Tomas Cosgrove