Irish Premiership action 16-17/9/16

All the action from the games on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September in the Irish Premiership.

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Hughes gives Reds win over Coleraine

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Daniel Hughes scored the only goal of the game as Cliftonville secured a 1-0 win over Coleraine at Solitude.

The former Warrenpoint Town frontman evaded the Bannsiders' defence to plant a fine finish past Chris Johns in the visitors goal after 63 minutes.

The result means that Coleraine drop two places to sixth in the table while Cliftonville move up to seventh.

High-flying Ballymena see off Ports

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Ballymena United comfortably overcame Portadown 2-0 at Shamrock Park on Saturday to move up to third in the Irish Premiership table.

Kyle Owens opened the scoring with a header in the fourth minute, and Johnny McMurray added a second with a low drive in the 22nd minute as Portadown struggled to get to grips with the game.

The Ports almost pulled one back through Mark Carson, but the defender’s long-range effort came back off the post just before the break.

The result means that Portadown remain on only two wins for the season, and sit ten points adrift at the bottom of the table.

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Three off as Swifts held by Glenavon

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Three players were sent off as Glenavon held out for a 1-1 draw against Dungannon at Stangmore Park.

Eoin Bradley opened the scoring for the visitors with a superb dipping free kick after just nine minutes, but there was drama just before half time when a melee in the penalty area saw both Kris Lindsay and Ryan Harpur both receive their marching orders.

David Armstrong equalised for the hosts in the 74th minute, but there was still time for more drama when Glenavon player-coach Gary Hamilton was sent off for a straight red after a clash with Chris Hegarty moments after coming on as a substitute.

The result means Dungannon drop to eighth in the table, while Glenavon remain in fifth place.

Blues beat Carrick to move second

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Linfield moved up to second in the Irish Premiership after a 2-0 win away to ten-man Carrick Rangers at Taylors Avenue on Saturday.

After Linfield had dominated a goalless first half the key moment came when Carrick’s Stephen McCullough was sent off for a second yellow card in the 52nd minute.

Linfield needed just 12 minutes to capitalise, with Ross Gaynor, who had earlier missed a penalty, finding the net with a low, angled cross-shot which crept in at the far corner.

Aaron Burns made sure of the win in the 74th minute when he converted a Kirk Millar cross.

Crues see off Glens at the Oval

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Crusaders maintained their five point lead at the top of the Irish Premeirship after securing a 3-1 win over Glentoran at the Oval.

The Crues took the lead after just five minutes when captain Colin Coates lashed in from close range, but Jonathan Smith equalised just before the break when he was quickest to react to the rebound after Chris Lavery’s initial effort came back off the post.

However Stephen Baxter’s side got their noses in front once again when Jordan Owens headed home from Michael Carville’s cross, in the 65th minute, and three minutes later Declan Caqddell made sure of the points with a bullet header from Paqul Heatley’s inviting ball into the area.

The result means extends Crusaders’s unbeaten streak so far this season to eight games, while Glentoran are now without a win in their last four games.

Ballinamallard clinch home win over Ards

Ballinamallard beat Ards 2-1 on Friday night. Credit: Presseye

Ards missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Crusaders after losing 2-1 at Ballinamallard on Friday night.

It was a dream start for the home side with James McKenna opening the scoring inside two minutes.

That lead was doubled on 36 minutes thanks to a superb strike by Ryan Morris.

However, Ards hit back two minutes later when Joe McKinney found a way past United keeper James McGrath.

With no further scoring in the second half Ballinamallard held out for a welcome three points that sees them move up two places into ninth spot the Danske Bank Premiership.

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