Irish Premiership: Portadown 1-3 Cliftonville

Cliftonville maintain their nine-point advantage at the top of the Irish Premiership thanks to a comfortable win over Portadown at Shamrock Park.

Diarmuid O'Carroll shot in from an acute angle in the eighth minute and Joe Gormley added the second on 65.

Substitute Sean Mackle fired into the corner of the net after 65 minutes and Liam Boyce made it 3-1 with a superbly executed curling effort on 85 minutes.

The result is a setback to Portadown's hopes of securing a top-six position.

The Reds dominated the game throughout and earned early reward for their superiority when O'Carroll met Eamon Seydak's cross from the left with a low shot.

Stephen Garrett went close with a snapshot, while Brian Gartland passed up a chance to open Portadown's account.

After half-time, Boyce was denied Miskelly and the home goalkeeper also made two fine stops from Joe Gormley, one from a header.

Gormley made no mistake however when he found the net for his 20th goal of the season following George McMullan's free-kick into the area.

Mackle's strike gave the Ports some hope but Boyce beat Miskelly after a defensive blunder by Tim Mouncey to make the points safe.

Boyce was wide with another effort as he attempted to extend the visitors' lead.