Linfield have beaten Cliftonville to return to the top of the Irish League table.

The Blues moved ahead of Glentoran and the Reds on goal difference after Monday night’s 2-1 victory at Solitude.

Andrew Mitchell opened the scoring with a spot-kick after a Liam Bagnall handball from an Ethan Boyle shot.

Cliftonville responded with Joe Gormley’s effort and the sides went into the break level.

Linfield regained the advantage shortly after the restart when substitute Mark Stafford broke free at the back post to volley home.

That goal proved to the winner, as the Blues moved to pole position on 50 points.