Cliftonville 0 Portadown 2
Portadown made use of a temporary numerical advantage to plunder all three points against Cliftonville at Solitude.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men by referee Alan Black, who first dismissed the Reds’ George McMullan for an elbowing offence on 30 minutes and then sent visiting striker Kevin Braniff packing for a second bookable offence early in the second half.
In between times, however, the Ports claimed the goals that would take them to a third successive away success against Cliftonville with Matthew Tipton opening the scoring from close range before a beauty from Wes Boyle wrapped things up.
“I thought we were good value for the win because we controlled the entire game apart from a 15-minute spell after McMullan was sent off,” said Portadown assistant boss Kieran Harding.
“We scored two quick goals to put us in a good position and some of the football we played was very good.”
Reds boss Tommy Breslin said: “It’s disappointing because we’d started so brightly. The sending off has hampered us and, by the time Portadown were reduced to 10 men, the damage had already been done.”