Despite a dominant second-half display, Cliftonville were forced to settle for just a point from this afternoon's Danske Bank Premiership battle with Dungannon Swifts. Trailing to an Andy Mitchell strike at half-time, the Reds levelled through an eye-catching Chris Curran goal shortly after the interval but saw their best chance of a winner come and go when Davy McDaid's penalty was saved by Andy Coleman. Thing might have been different, however, had Daniel Hughes been able to convert the opportunity that came his way in the opening two minutes but, after some clever build-up from Jude Winchester and Martin Donnelly, Hughes was unable to get sufficient power into his shot, allowing Coleman to save with an outstretched foot. After a fine Jason McGuinness challenge had stopped Mitchell getting a strike away, the Swifts striker put his side ahead with what would prove the hosts' only shot on target of the whole afternoon; racing in from the left and keeping his composure to slot beyond Peter Burke and into the far corner. Having lacked a cutting edge up front during the opening 45 minutes, Cliftonville's misfortune looked set to continue when Coleman once again used his feet to thwart Hughes but it wouldn't be long before the scores were level, Curran receiving possession from Tomas Cosgrove to smash a fine touch and volley low into the net. Winchester was unfortunate to see a powerful effort fizz wide of the post and also headed another attempt over the bar, while McGuinness was denied by Coleman just seconds before sending another effort off target. The introduction of Davy McDaid injected further menace into the Cliftonville's attack and it was his tenacity that drew David Armstrong into conceding a penalty which, in keeping with the theme of the day, Coleman was equal to as Dungannon held on for a share of the spoils.
Reds draw little comfort
Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Cliftonville
Ruairi Harkin battles with Seanan Clucas; Chris Curran rifles home the Reds' equaliser and (right) laps up the acclaim of his team mates
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Jason Mooney Caoimhin Bonner Davy McDaid Stephen Garrett Gary Donnelly
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Peter Burke Jaimie McGovern Levi Ives Jason McGuinness Chris Curran Martin Donnelly Daniel Hughes Ruairi Harkin Ryan Catney Jude Winchester Tomas Cosgrove