Cliftonville suffered a disastrous late collapse in this afternoon's North Belfast Derby clash with Crusaders. Three goals up at Seaview, the Reds saw their advantage cut to just a single strike before two injury-time efforts from the hosts saw the contest turned on its head entirely. Daniel Hughes, Jay Donnelly and Ruairi Harkin had blasted Cliftonville into what looked like an unassailable lead but Jordan Owens' double rekindled Crusaders' competitive edge before Michael Carvill's leveller and David Cushley's last-gasp winner completed the turnaround. It was the visitors who started brightly and it was no surprise to see them take the lead; Hughes' smart finish capping an excellent passing sequence that had started with goalkeeper Jason Mooney and boasted valuable contributions from both Martin and Jay Donnelly. Mooney's save from a looping Declan Caddell strike and Owens' failure to convert Gavin Whyte's delivery preserved the Reds' advantage at the interval and they duly doubled it nine minutes after the break when, following Sean O'Neill's save to deny Martin Donnelly, Jay followed up to side-step a defender and crash an unstoppable effort into the top corner. Things would get better still for Cliftonville just past the hour when Harkin rifled home to make it 3-0 after seizing upon a slovenly clearance from Craig McClean. In total control of proceedings, the Reds duly contrived to undo all their good work in a harrowing final 25 minutes when Owens - arguably from an offside position - nodded home after Mooney had clawed a Cushley strike out of the air and the same player would reduce the arrears further with another header with just under a quarter of an hour left on the clock. The equaliser came in controversial circumstances when referee Raymond Crangle's inconsistent performance stretched to ignoring a clear foul on Mooney, whose subsequent spillage of possession kick-started a goalmouth pinball spree that ended with Carvill touching over the line. With Reds boss Gerard Lyttle having been dismissed from the dugout for his protests over that goal, the Crues would go on to win the game when another delivery from a wide position caught Cliftonville's defence at sixes and sevens, although it took a fortunate ricochet off Cushley's knee to send the ball past Mooney and secure the most unlikely of victories for the hosts.
Reds crumble at Seaview
Crusaders 4-3 Cliftonville
Jude Winchester steps past Michael Gault; Ruairi Harkin and James Knowles congratulate opening scorer Daniel Hughes and (right) Tomas Cosgrove looks on as Martin Donnelly battles with Paul Heatley
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Caoimhin Bonner Chris Curran Davy McDaid Stephen Garrett 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