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First win in four as Cliftonville beat Ards

Cliftonville's Levi Ives celebrates with his teammates. Credit: Presseye

Cliftonville picked up their first win in four games after they came from behind to earn a 2-1 win over Ards at Solitude.

The visitors struck first with Michael Ruddy dispatching a 30th minute penalty after a hand-ball incident by Levi Ives.

Cliftonville struck back early in the second half however, with David McDaid powering home a low drive to equalise in the 46th minute.

The comeback was completed in the 63rd minute when Ives made amends for his earlier error by firing home from the edge of the area to seal the points for his side.

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Penalty drama as Ballymena beat Cliftonville

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  • Ballymena Utd 4-3 Cliftonville

Ballymena United needed penalties to see off Cliftonville in their Irish Cup fifth Round tie at the Ballymena Showgrounds on Saturday.

Tony Kane opened the scoring for the Sky Blues with a superb dipping free kick in the third minute, but Ross Lavery struck with a header in the 37th minute.

With neither side able to make a further breakthrough after extra time the game went to penalties.

Ballymena stoopper Ross Glendinning saved twice during the shootout, before Allan Jenkins scored the decisive spot kick to set up a trip to Harland and Wolff Welders in the next round.

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Mallards beat Ports while Glenavon and Cliftonville draw

Ballinamallard went down to 10 men early on, but still managed a win over basement side Portadown. Credit: Presseye

Ballinamallard United won the crunch clash with bottom of the table Portadown 1-0 at Ferny Park on Friday night.

The result sees the Mallards move onto 18 points, 15 ahead of the Ports.

The home side had to play most of the game with 10 men but withstood all the pressure especially in the latter stages to clinch a vital win.

United keeper Cameron Crawford prevented Stephen Hughes from giving the visitors an early lead with a smart save and then at the other end Joshua McIlwaine failed to hit the target when in a good position.

With half an hour gone the Mallards suffered a blow when they were reduced to 10 men with Ross Taheny sent off for his challenge on Aaron Haire.

However, it was Ballinamallard who took the lead on 36 minutes when Ryan Mayse cut inside from the left and Philip Leckey rushed in to drive a low shot in off the right hand post.

That was to prove the difference between the sides as Portadown were unable to make the extra man count.

Adam Lecky celebrates with his Ballinamallard teammates. Credit: Presseye

Cliftonville came from two goals down to earn a point in a highly entertaining 2-2 draw with Glenavon at Mourneview Park on Friday night.

In the end it will be Gary Hamilton's side who will feel they missed out on all three points after dominating the second half but they were unable to make their possession count.

Cliftonville almost took the lead when Stephen Garrett saw his shot pushed onto the post by home keeper Jonny Tuffey.

Two goals in four minutes put Glenavon in command.

The first came after a mistake by keeper Peter Burke with a poor clearance and Guy Bates rounded him to slot into the empty net on 12 minutes.

Andy McGrory made it 2-0 three minutes later when he gambled on a flick into the box and things for looking good for the Lurgan Blues.

The Reds were right back in it on 22 minutes when a delightful move cut the home defence open as Martin Donnelly crossed for David McDaid who drove the ball high into the net.

An entertaining first half was to end level at 2-2 when Stephen Garrett heading home a superb cross from James Knowles.

Glenavon enjoyed long spells of possession in the second half and went close but Guy Bates, Ciaran Martyn and Mark Patton but they could not find the net.

The Reds always looked dangerous on the counter but it was Glenavon with the final chance of the night with man of the match Bates just failing to get the final touch from Rhys Marshall’s delivery.

Glenavon's Guy Bates in action with Cliftonville's Jamie McGovern. Credit: Presseye

McDaid strikes late to earn Reds win

Cliftonville’s David McDaid scores against Ballinamallard during Saturday's game at Solitude in Belfast.
  • Cliftonville 1-0 Ballinamallard

David McDaid snatched a last-gasp winner as Cliftonville earned a 1-0 win over Ballinamallard Utd at Solitude on Saturday.

After what was a fairly uneventful 90 minutes, the striker found the net in the fifth minute of stoppage time to deny the Mallards a share of the spoils.

The result means that the Reds remain just a point behind third-placed Ballymena United.

Ballinamallard remain tenth, and without a win in their last six league games.

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Haveron picks up first win as Glens boss

Glentoran manager Gary Haveron celebrates his sides win over Cliftonville during todays game at the Oval. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Glentoran 2-1 Cliftonville

Glentoran fought back from a goal down to earn a 2-1 win over Belfast rivals Cliftonville at the Oval.

The Reds took the lead when Jay Donnelly steered in a near-post finish just before half time for his ninth goal of the campaign, but Nacho Novo volleyed in a superb equaliser after the break to draw the sides level.

Stephen Gordon scored what proved to be the winner six minutes from time whn he powered a header past Reds stopper Peter Burke.

The result is Glentoran’s first win under new manager Gary Haveron and sees them climb to ninth in the table, while Cliftonville remain fourth.

Glen's Nacho Novo celebrates. Credit: Presseye

Cliftonville ease through League Cup round after win over Annagh Utd

Cliftonville's David McDaid celebrates after scoring to make it 0-3 during Wednesday night's match at Tandragee Road. Credit: Presseye
  • Annagh United 0-6 Cliftonville

Holders Cliftonville eased into the next round with a commanding 6-0 win over Annagh United.

The Reds produced a four goal first half blast to rule out any chance of an upset by the home side.

Daniel Hughes and David McDaid both netted a brace to put the tie beyond Annagh.

McDaid was on target again on 53 minutes to complete his hat-trick before Stephen Garrett brought up the half dozen.

Reds edge out Carrick at Solitude

The Reds edged Carrick by a goal on Saturday at Solitude. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Cliftonville 1-0 Carrick Rangers

Cliftonville edged a tight game against Carrick Rangers on Saturday, with substitute David McDaid netting the decisive goal.

McDaid pounced on a low cross from Stephen Garrett to net from close range in the 78th minute.

The goal was harsh on visiting goalkeeper Brian Neeson who had been in impressive form throughout.

The result sees Cliftonville move up to fourth in the table, whole Ards drop to eighth.

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