Glenavon 3 Cliftonville 2
Glenavon responded to Saturday’s mauling by Linfield at Windsor Park by beating Cliftonville in a thriller at Mourneview Park last night.
Trevor Molloy, Tony Grant and skipper Hugh Dickson who was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured skull scored for the home side with Liam Boyce grabbing both for the Reds.
Cliftonville’s Barry Holland was booked for a foul on Molloy and in the 90th minute saw red for a wild lunge at Shea Campbell.
Amazingly after both sides missed a host of chances in the first half, along came two goals in the space of four second minutes.
Boyce tapped home in a crowded goal mouth in 48 minutes to give the Reds the lead but it was short lived.
Willo McDonagh launched a long cross field pass and Molloy kept a cool head to control the ball on his chest before drilling it past John Connolly.
And there was no let up as Boyce had Cliftonville in front again in the 69th minute, the big striker getting his head to Barry Holland’s cross and with the faintest of touches beat Murphy.
However again Glenavon hit back almost immediately with Grant hammering home a close range header from Paul Carvill’s measured cross.
That was in the 70th minute and five minutes later skipper Hugh Dickson thundered home a header but collided with Ciaran Donaghy and was carried off on a stretcher.
As tempers frayed Holland was booked for a foul on Molloy two minutes from time and saw red in the 90th minute for a wild lunge at Shea Campbell.
And in the fourth minute of injury time a mistake by sub Boyd let Grant in but keeper Connolly touched his stingi ng shot on to a post.
Glenavon: Murphy; Campbell, Magee, Dickson (Gracey 78 mins), Carvill; Molloy, Harpur, McDonagh, King; Grant, Costello (Harper 78 mins). Subs: Turkington, Walsh, Finlay
Cliftonville: Connolly; Smyth, Holland, O’Hara, Donaghy (Boyd 80 mins); F Murphy, McMullan, O’Connor, Caldwell; Scannell, Boyce (Catney 71 mins). Subs: Clarke, R Scannell, Dunlop.
Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)