Cliftonville were desperately unfortunate to emerge from this afternoon's thrilling Danske Bank Premiership clash against Glenavon with nothing to show for their efforts. After breaking the Mourneview Park deadlock through a fierce Jay Donnelly strike, the Reds were pegged back when Joel Cooper capitalised on a lucky deflection and things looked to be going the Lurgan Blues' way when visiting skipper Jason McGuinness - not afforded the luxury of the lenience referee Andrew Davey had displayed towards Glenavon players - picked up two quickfire bookings. Despite their numerical disadvantage, Cliftonville pulled back in front when Donnelly pounced again only for Glenavon to score twice in the closing minutes; the first coming when ref Davey spotted neither a foul on goalkeeper Jason Mooney nor Kris Lindsay putting the ball in the net with his arm ahead of Greg Moorhouse's injury-time header cruelly robbing Gerard Lyttle's side of what would have been a merited share of the spoils. The scoring was opened on 18 minutes when a partially-cleared corner was headed back into the danger area by Ryan Catney and, with Chris Curran allowing the ball to skip past him, Donnelly made no mistake with a thumping effort that gave goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey no chance. With a host of Cliftonville attacks scuppered by often cynical fouls from the hosts, the referee dished out some lengthy warnings to a number of Glenavon players, who were celebrating in first-half injury-time when McGuinness' block of a Moorhouse shot fell favourably for Cooper to slot home. The same player was denied by a fantastic save from Mooney on 67 minutes but, soon later, the visitors were a man light when McGuinness - spared any kind of last-chance warning - received his second booking of the afternoon for a foul on Moorhouse. Fellow central defender Chris Ramsey would hobble off with injury within minutes but, after Mooney had denied Guy Bates with an excellent stop and Moorhouse had somehow escaped a caution for a wild kick-out at Catney, the 10-men took the lead when Jude Winchester threaded Donnelly through on goal and he showed wonderful composure to beat two defenders and find the bottom corner. With two minutes to go, a high delivery into the area looked set to be collected by Mooney but the presence of Rhys Marshall forced the keeper into dropping the ball, which was subsequently knocked over the line by Lindsay's arm - with the officials' decision to award the goal astounding most inside the ground. The momentum now firmly on their side, Glenavon would go on to steal full points when, deep into injury-time, Moorhouse got on the end of a Mark Sykes' cross to glance a header beyond Mooney's despairing dive.
Glenavon 3-2 Cliftonville
Jason Mooney takes possession as Joel Cooper attempts to barge past Tomas Cosgrove; Jude Winchester battles with Greg Moorhouse and (right) Stephen Garrett collides with Mark Sykes
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Jaimie McGovern Caoimhin Bonner Davy McDaid Stephen Garrett Darren Murray
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Jason Mooney Levi Ives Chris Ramsey Jason McGuinness Chris Curran Martin Donnelly Daniel Hughes Ryan Catney Jude Winchester Jay Donnelly Tomas Cosgrove