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Ballymena stay top after latest Irish Premiership action

Cathair Friel celebrates his goal for Ballymena against Warrenpoint at the weekend. Credit: Presseye

Ballymena took their 10th win in a row at the weekend to stay top of the Irish Premiership, two points clear of nearest rivals Linfield.

Sky Blues boss David Jeffrey, who has been named the NI Football Writers’ Association Manager of the Month for a record 35th time, saw his team pick up a 4-2 win over Warrenpoint on Saturday.

The Ballymena celebrations were too much for a pitch-side fence that collapsed under the weight of supporters. Credit: Presseye

The run of good form comes ahead of Ballymena’s trip to Seaview on Tuesday to take on Crusaders in the semi-finals of the Irish League Cup.

The Crues fell to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of their hosts Linfield on Saturday.

Linfield's Jordan Stewart celebrates scoring against Crusaders. Credit: Presseye

The rest of the weekend action saw Glentoran draw 3-3 away to Institute, while Dungannon Swifts also drew 1-1 with Newry.

Coleraine took a narrow 1-0 win over visiting Ards, and Cliftonville beat Glenavon 4-2 at Solitude.

Rory Donnelly got on the scoresheet for Cliftonville in their win over Glenavon. Credit: Presseye