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Glentoran 0-1 Cliftonville

An early Ryan Curran volley settled the issue as Cliftonville got the better of Glentoran at The Oval this afternoon.

Quite how that strike proved the final goal of the game is anybody’s guess because, while the home side were denied on a number of occasions by Nathan Gartside, the Reds carved out a number of gilt-edged openings, with Hale brothers Rory and Ronan passing up quickfire opportunities in the first-half ahead of Ronan Doherty cracking the underside of the crossbar after the break.

Shay McCartan’s red card for a wild challenge on Rory Hale should have further tipped the balance in Cliftonville’s favour, but the Glens twice came close to levelling in the final minutes of a pulsating showdown.

Full report to follow…