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Wins for Crusaders and Cliftonville as games postponed

Heavy rain and gale-force winds from Storm Deirdre led to football matches being called off. Credit: Pacemaker

There were wins for Crusaders and Cliftonville, but three of Saturday’s five scheduled Irish Premiership games had to be called amid Storm Deirdre.

Northern Ireland has been hit with gale-force winds and heavy rain, although the worst of the adverse weather is expected to start easing up on Saturday evening.

Top-of-the-table Ballymena United were due to host Institute in a 3pm kick-off, but the conditions put paid to that.

Glentoran also had their game against Warrenpoint at the Oval called off and the third postponement affected Linfield’s trip to Newry City.

However, Crusaders still took on Dungannon Swifts at Seaview, coming away with a narrow 1-0 win.

Jordan Forsythe’s goal in just the ninth minute of the game proved the difference.

Crusaders celebrate their goal against Dungannon Swifts. Credit: Presseye

Over at the Bangor Fuels Arena, Ards hosted Cliftonville and fell to a 3-1 defeat.

There was an early chance for the Reds to go ahead, when they were awarded a penalty just about five minutes in – however, Joe Gormley’s shot was straight at Ards keeper Sam Johnston.

Ards keeper Sam Johnston saves Joe Gormley's penalty for Cliftonville. Credit: Pacemaker

Minutes later, and they did get a goal though, with Rory Donnelly scrambling the ball over the line.

And that lead quickly doubled when Gormley made up for his earlier miss with a goal on the 10-minute mark.

An unfortunate error by Donnelly then saw him head the ball into his own net to get Ards on the scoresheet.

But Levi Ives’ goal sealed the victory for Cliftonville.

Joe Gormley scores for Cliftonville against Ards. Credit: Pacemaker

Meanwhile, Friday night saw Glenavon take a big 4-0 win over Coleraine at Mourneview Park.

An Andrew Mitchell brace, plus goals from Mark Sykes and Jordan Jenkins, gave Gary Hamilton’s side the victory.

Glenavon came out on top against Coleraine on Friday night. Credit: Presseye