Cliftonville produced a stirring second-half performance to get the better of Glenavon in this afternoon's Danske Bank Premiership encounter with Glenavon. After an even opening 45 minutes, the Reds took a firm grip on proceedings from the moment Jason McGuinness powered home the opening goal, with Ruairi Harkin and Davy McDaid adding to the scoresheet in a confident home display. Indeed, Gerard Lyttle's men were unfortunate not to take an early lead when Daniel Hughes' eighth minute strike came back off the base of the post while, just minutes later, Cliftonville were aggrieved when Hughes was booked for simulation after being barged over by Kris Lindsay inside the penalty area. Midway through the first-half, Jaimie McGovern - elevated to the starting XI just minutes before kick-off when Chris Ramsey suffered an injury during the warm-up - made a fantastic last-ditch intervention to stop Joel Cooper making full contact with a close range shot after Andy Hall had nodded Eoin Bradley's cross into his path. Bradley cracked a free-kick against the woodwork and, after the interval, the Reds threatened again when a McGuinness drive was charged down by Kris Lindsay. Jude Winchester was unable to capitalise on an error by Lindsay shortly afterwards and the Lurgan Blues almost made their hosts pay when they carved out a series of quickfire opportunities; Peter Burke making excellent reaction stops to deny Mark Sykes and Paddy McCourt, while McCourt sent a blistering effort just over the top. The breakthrough came on 57 minutes when McGovern surged forward to receive Martin Donnelly's short corner and delivered a wicked cross from which skipper McGuinness rose highest to nod beyond Tuffey's desperate grasp. It was 2-0 soon later; the Glenavon keeper deceived by a deflection off Lindsay when Ruairi Harkin tried his luck from distance. Substitute McDaid scaled the bar after being teed up by Daniel Hughes but made no mistake when his next opportunity presented itself, seizing on Linday's misjudged knock back to his own keeper and easily converting from barely a yard out.
Cliftonville 3-0 Glenavon
Jaimie McGovern jostles with Eoin Bradley; Ruairi Harkin takes on Mark Sykes and (right) celebrates his goal with Tomas Cosgrove
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Peter Burke Jaimie McGovern Levi Ives Jason McGuinness Chris Curran James Knowles Martin Donnelly Daniel Hughes Ruairi Harkin Jude Winchester Tomas Cosgrove