Ten-man Ballyclare Comrades fell at the first hurdle in the County Antrim Shield, losing 3-1 to Cliftonville at Dixon Park.
Striker David McDaid scored twice in as many minutes shortly after the half-hour mark. His opener came from the penalty spot before he doubled his side’s advantage moments later.
Randal Reid pulled a goal back for the hosts with a powerful strike from 10 yards.
Ballyclare were left with a mountain to climb when Chris Getty saw red for a foul on Martin Murray two minutes before the break.
McDaid completed his hat-trick on the hour to send the managerless Solitude outfit through to round two.