Cliftonville followed up a wonderful first-half display with a below-par showing after the interval as Glentoran came from behind to win today's Danske Bank Premiership fixture at The Oval. Despite dominating the opening 45 minutes, the Reds had only a Jay Donnelly goal to show for their efforts and were made to pay the price as Nacho Novo and Steven Gordon netted for the hosts following the turnaround. Things might have been different had Daniel Hughes been able to make the most of the chance that presented itself early on but, after seizing on possession after an error from James Ferrin, he directed his shot straight at goalkeeper Elliott Morris. After having a diving header cleared off the line, Donnelly blasted an attempt wildly over the top and Morris was grateful to see off another couple of near misses before Cliftonville inevitably opened the scoring when a surging run from Jude Winchester ended with a perfectly weighted pass into Donnelly's path and the striker made no mistake with a confident finish. That should have delivered the Reds the psychological advantage traditionally associated with a goal just before galf-time, but instead the opposite applied with the Glens restoring parity just a couple of minutes after the interval when Novo spun to blast a first-time volley beyond Peter Burke. The same player was unfortunate not to poke the Glens in front when he connected with the ball before either Jaimie McGovern or Burke but was unable to steer his shot goalward. Burke turned Novo's flicked header over the top as Glentoran began to exert greater pressure but the best chance of the half fell to visiting substitute Chris Curran who, after being picked out at the far post, dragged his strike across the face of goal and wide. Glentoran bagged their winner six minutes from time when Gordon rose to nod Jonny Addis' cross home despite Burke's best efforts and, much to the visitors' frustration, Cliftonville were unable to fashion any sort of response as the hosts held on for victory.
Half the battle
Glentoran 2-1 Cliftonville
Ruairi Harkin claims possession from Eric Foley; celebrations as Jay Donnelly opens the scoring and (right) Levi Ives takes on Nacho Novo
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Peter Burke Jaimie McGovern Levi Ives Jason McGuinness James Knowles Martin Donnelly Daniel Hughes Ruairi Harkin Jude Winchester Jay Donnelly Tomas Cosgrove