Saturday’s Irish Premiership Games

  • Ards 3-3 Dungannon Swifts
  • Ballinamallard United 1-2 Portadown
  • Coleraine 1-1 Linfield
  • Crusaders 3-1 Carrick Rangers
  • Glenavon 5-0 Ballymena United
  • Glentoran 2-1 Cliftonville

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Ports beat Mallards to ease pressure

Portadown's Niall Henderson celebrates his goal during Saturday's game at Ferney Park, Ballinamallard. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Ballinamallard United 1-2 Portadown

Portadown picked up only their second win of the league campaign with a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Ballinamallard at Ferney Park.

Niall Henderson gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spotb in the 33rd minute after Niall Haire had been fouled inside the area, and Stephen Hughes doubled his side’s lead in the 50th minute when he fired home after some neat interplay with Robbie Garrett.

The Mallards pulled one back from Shane McGinty’s 58th minute header but were unable to muster an equaliser.

The result sees Portadown stay bottom on -3 points, although they move to within eight points of the Co Fermanagh side in the table.

Haveron picks up first win as Glens boss

Glentoran manager Gary Haveron celebrates his sides win over Cliftonville during todays game at the Oval. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Glentoran 2-1 Cliftonville

Glentoran fought back from a goal down to earn a 2-1 win over Belfast rivals Cliftonville at the Oval.

The Reds took the lead when Jay Donnelly steered in a near-post finish just before half time for his ninth goal of the campaign, but Nacho Novo volleyed in a superb equaliser after the break to draw the sides level.

Stephen Gordon scored what proved to be the winner six minutes from time whn he powered a header past Reds stopper Peter Burke.

The result is Glentoran’s first win under new manager Gary Haveron and sees them climb to ninth in the table, while Cliftonville remain fourth.

Glen's Nacho Novo celebrates. Credit: Presseye

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Glenavon hit five past Ballymena

Glenavon's Eoin Bradley celebrates after scoring to make it 4-0 during Saturday's match at Mourneview Park. Credit: Presseye
  • Glenavon 5-0 Ballymena United

Glenavon brought an abrupt end to Ballymena United’s recent string of good results as they inflicted a 5-0 defeat on the Sky Blues at Mourneview Park.

It took the Lurgan Blues just nine minutes to take the lead when Eoin Bradley steered home a 20-yard free kick, and the former Derry GAA star turned provider soon after when he threaded the ball to Ciaran Martyn to fire home in the 22nd minute.

Jim Ervin scored an unfortunate own goal when he diverted a speculative effort from Andy Hall into his own net in the 29th minute as Glenavon led 3-0 at the break.

There was no way back for David Jeffrey’s side when Bradley smashed home his second of the afternoon following a defensive error ten minutes from time, and Greg Moorehouse added a fifth in the 87th minute to complete a miserable afternoon for the visitors.

Ards and Swifts share spoils in thriller

  • Ards 3-3 Dungannon Swifts
Ards' David McAllister celebrates scoring against Dungannon Swifts during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Bangor Fuels Arena, Bangor. Credit: Presseye

Ards fought back from a goal down on three separate occasions to earn a 3-3 draw with Dungannon Swifts in an entertaining game at Clandeboye Park.

Andrew Mitchell converted a Peter McMahon cross to open Dungannons account in the 38th minute, but Michael Ruddy levelled from the penalty spot early in the second half after Johnny Taylor had been fouled in the area.

Cormac Burke put his side back in front after 55 minutes but again the hosts responded with Davy McAllister capitalising on a defensive lapse in the 73rd minute to make it 2-2.

Burke once again restored his side’s one goal lead after being played through by Mitchell in the 87th minute, but Carl McCombe ensured a share of the spoils when he stabbed home from close range in injury time after Gary Ligget’s initial effort had been saved.

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