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Joe Gormley fired up to hit 30-goal target after another brace for Cliftonville

Dungannon Swifts 0 Cliftonville 4

Double trouble: Joe Gormley celebrates his first goal
Double trouble: Joe Gormley celebrates his first goal
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Joe Gormley has set his sights on hitting the 30-goal mark with Cliftonville again this season.

The striker has already scored nine times, including two in Saturday's win at Dungannon Swifts, where he produced contrasting finishes - a close-range tap-in and a superbly-timed run.

The 29-year-old was pleased with three points at a ground where Cliftonville have not always found it so easy. And he is aiming to carry on his own strong start.

"I always try and beat what I got the season before - last year I scored 29 and hopefully I can better that," he said. "But the main thing is the team getting three points each week and if I can help them do that, then great."

The Reds won this game with three goals in a six-minute spell.

In first half stoppage time, Garry Breen peeled away from his marker to finish a free-kick from Levi Ives.

Cliftonville started the second-half strongly and killed the game with two quickfire goals.

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Ryan Curran teed up Gormley for a simple finish, before heading home Ives' free-kick.

The Reds scored again 10 minutes from time as Gormley collected Conor McMenamin's well-timed pass before rounding goalkeeper Sam Johnston to slot home.

DUNGANNON: Johnston, Coyle, King, Wilson (Campbell, 61 mins), Teggart, Clucas, Smyth, Lowe, Patton (Hughes, 53 mins), Carvill, Waide (Taylor, 79). Unused subs: Addis, Redman, Gallagher, Harwood

CLIFTONVILLE: Brush, McDermott, Breen, Harney, Ives, C Curran, R Curran (Maguire, 78 mins), McMenamin (Foster, 75 mins), Doherty (Wilson, 28 mins), R Donnelly, Gormley. Unused subs: McKenna, Bagnall, A Donnelly, Gorman.

Referee: Etienne Mangion (Malta)

Man of the Match: Ryan Curran

Match Rating: 6/10

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