IRISH LEAGUE: Andy Mitchell brace gives Dungannon victory at Cliftonville

Cliftonville's Martin Donnelly and Dungannon Swifts' Ryan HarpurCliftonville's Martin Donnelly and Dungannon Swifts' Ryan Harpur
Cliftonville's Martin Donnelly and Dungannon Swifts' Ryan Harpur

Dungannon Swifts ended their 30-game winless streak against Cliftonville thanks to two Andy Mitchell goals at a rain-lashed Solitude.

The burly frontman netted in either half and, though the Reds pulled one back when Caoimhin Bonner powered home a header, there was no late rally from the hosts, who were second best for most of the afternoon.

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After a turgid opening quarter, the contest came to life when Mitchell converted Alan Teggart’s 24th minute delivery to break the deadlock.

Cliftonville forced a flurry of corners towards the end of the half but, thanks in no small part to a sensational goal-line clearance from David Armstrong to deny Bonner, the Swifts maintained their advantage through to the break.

It was 2-0 just after the hour when the home defence was sliced open by a goal kick from Andy Coleman and Mitchell accepted the invitation to double his side’s lead and put them within touching distance of a long overdue victory against the Reds.

Bonner’s 73rd minute reply caused a few jitters among the visiting support but, in the end, Dungannon comfortably held on to take the points.

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CLIFTONVILLE: J Mooney, McGovern, Ives, Bonner, Curran, McDaid, M Donnelly, Catney, Winchester, J Donnelly, Cosgrove. Subs: Garrett (Curran, 61 mins), Hughes, Harkin (Winchester, 66 mins), D Murray (McDaid, 66 mins), Lavery.

DUNGANNON: Coleman, O’Rourke, Hegarty, Wilson, Armstrong, Glackin, Mitchell, Harpur, Teggart, Clucas, Burns. Subs: Addis, Fitzpatrick (Glackin, 83 mins), Douglas, Lavery, Hazley (Teggart, 71 mins).

REFEREE: Lee Tavinder (Dungannon)

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