Goals from Chris Curran and Davy McDaid earned Cliftonville their first win of the new Danske Bank Premiership season as Glentoran were put to the sword at a noisy Solitude. Curran pounced to slam home a left-footed strike 11 minutes before the interval and McDaid wrapped things up with the final kick of the night after Stephen Garrett's seismic contribution to a smart breakaway. Boss Gerard Lyttle named three changes to the line-up which drew with Ards on Saturday and it was evident the Reds were determined to put the weekend's frustrations behind them, with Daniel Hughes - introduced to the starting XI alongside Chris Ramsey and Jude Winchester - glancing a second minute header inches wide. Jay Donnelly was also off target with a header before Cliftonville had penalty appeals waved away by referee Arnold Hunter, who ruled that Ross Redman had no case to answer after Tomas Cosgrove had tumbled to the floor inside the area. The deadlock was broken on 34 minutes when Martin Donnelly sent Levi Ives scampering down the left and, when his deep cross was knocked down by what seemed like the hand of Glens defender Calum Birney, Curran did not wait for any spot-kick appeal and opted instead to blast a low drive beyond goalkeeper Elliott Morris. Cosgrove was unfortunate not to make it 2-0 early in the second-half when, at the end of a forceful surge into the area, his effort rolled across the face of goal and, just two minutes later, Glentoran saw their best chance of the game repelled as Jason Mooney showed smart reactions to stop Jonathan Smith's free-kick creeping in. Mooney easily gathered an Eric Foley attempt as the visitors went in search of an equaliser and, though the east Belfast side generated a little bit of late pressure, an incisive break saw the Reds double their advantage in injury-time when Jason McGuinness' towering header allowed Winchester to play Garrett through and, after coolly rounding Morris, he squared for the unmarked McDaid to convert just as the final whistle sounded.
Soar points at Solitude
Cliftonville 2-0 Glentoran
Jude Winchester tussles with Aaron Harmon; Levi Ives steps clear of Nacho Novo and (right) Davy McDaid makes safe the points with a close-range strike
Sean Graham Man of the Match Martin Donnelly
Half Gate Draw Number 43973
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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