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Ballymena battered by Glenavon

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It was a day to forget for Ballymena United and David Jeffrey as a rampant first half laid the foundations for a comfortable Glenavon win at Mourneview Park.

Glenavon were presented with the lead inside the first quarter-of-an-hour when Andrew Mitchell's effort was fumbled by United goalkeeper Conor Brennan, and ended up in the net.

It could have been 2-0 just after the 20 minute mark to the Lurgan Blues, but Daniels hit the side-netting.

However Glenavon did go 2-up soon after, Mitchell with a stupendous effort into the net.

Glenavon were running rampant, and went 3-0 to the good before the interval.

Bobby Burns closed down Michael Gault and he bore down on goal before slipping it into the corner of the net.

Kyle Owens was then dismissed for David Jeffrey's side to compound their misery after he took down Burns.

Hall then scored a stupendous goal from 35 yards out, the free-kick flying into the back of the net.

That was Glenavon's 35th goal in nine games across all competitions this season at Mourneview.

In the second half the pace of the game dropped dramatically with Glenavon seemingly content with the four, and Ballymena on a damage limitation exercise.

Coleraine open up five-point gap at top

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Coleraine withstood a late Cliftonville onslaught to take the three points at Solitude and keep their superb start to the season going.

Coleraine took the lead on 10 minutes.

David Ogilby took aim with the free-kick and spotted a gap on the end of the Reds wall to steer the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

The first real chance of note for the Reds came on 20 minutes, but despite a decent turn, Joe Gormley couldn't get enough purchase on his effort to really threaten the goal.

The north Belfast men did level however on 21 minutes - Rory Donnelly wasn't picked up by the Bannsiders' defence from a corner kick and he netted.

Soon after the re-start, Coleraine were back in front.

Joe McCready pounced after McGonigle's initial shot was blocked to beat Brian Neeson.

Stuart Parkhill wasn't too far away, but his 52nd minute volley went over the bar.

With 13 minutes left, Cliftonville's Jay Donnelly found room for a strike from the edge of the box but his off-balance shot went over the bar.

Basement side Ballinamallard beat Carrick to close gap

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Ballinamallard took the three points off visiting Carrick Rangers.

The home side got off to the perfect start - taking the lead after just five minutes.

Matty Smyth rose highest beyond the Rangers defence to head the ball home.

Jonny Leddy made it two before the interval with a wonderful strike - a fine long range effort finding the back of the net.

Carrick were struggling, but did have fleeting chances in the half which ultimately came to nothing - Michael Smith's header from a free-kick was comfortably dealt with by the goalkeeper, with Gage's header soon after also denied by Brush.

Surgenor hit a speculative acrobatic effort for Rangers, but home goalkeeper Brush comfortably dealt with it.

Carrick's Mark Edgar was then given a straight red card on 80 minutes for the visitors - that followed a rash challenge on Shane McGinty.


Concern over missing woman in Bushmills

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There is growing concern over the whereabouts of a missing woman last seen this morning in Bushmills.

Lynn Taggart, 52, is described as being 5' 7" tall, of slim build, with brown hair worn in a bun.

When she was last seen, she was wearing a burgundy jacket and jeans.

Police are appealing for Lynn or anyone who knows of her whereabouts to contact officers in Coleraine on 101 quoting reference 562 21/10/17.

Neighbours 'heard screams of woman murdered in Belfast'

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Detectives say they have found the body of a woman in her 50s in Finaghy, south Belfast.

Officers have begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.

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Her body was found on Ardmore Avenue on Saturday morning.

A statement from Sinn Féin's Máirtín Ó Muilleoir appealed to the public to assist police with their investigations.

He said, "I have spoken with residents of Ardmore who were woken by a woman’s screams around 7am.

“There is real shock and distress in the area at the news of this murder.

“I would appeal to anyone who can help bring the perpetrators to book to work closely with the PSNI," he added.

Ards snatch late win over Warrenpoint Town

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Ards 2-1 Warrenpoint Town

Ards bounced back to snatch a late 2-1 win over Warrenpoint Town in their their Danske Bank Premiership clash on Friday night at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

The visitors wasted no time in taking the lead with Darren Murray firing Warrenpoint ahead after just three minutes.

Town had chances to seal the win in the first half with Alan Davidson denied by Ards keeper Sam Johnstone and then Stephen Moan had an effort cleared off the Ards line.

However, it was all to change in the second half with Ards back on level terms on 61 minutes with Jonah Mitchell on target.

Just when it seemed the game would end in stalemate up popped Guillaume Keke to score the winner in the final minute to complete the comeback for Ards.

The three points sees Colin Nixon's side move up a spot to tenth in the table.

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