Weekend's Irish League action

A roundup of all the weekend's Irish League matches

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Late victory for Cliftonville over Ballymena

Jay Donnelly scores against Ballymena during Saturday's game at Solitude in Belfast. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Cliftonville 2-1 Ballymena Utd

Cliftonville remain fourth in the standings after a late 2-1 victory over Ballymena United at Solitude.

Jay Donnelly gave the north Belfast club the lead in the 25th-minute with a header from six yards out.

Johnny McMurray levelled for David Jeffrey’s side mid-way through the first half slotting home after being setup by Kyle Owens.

Jay Donnelly lashed home the winner with two minutes remaining to secure the three points for Cliftonville.


Crues lose to Coleraine at Showgrounds

Coleraine's Eoin Bradley celebrates after netting from the spot. Credit: Presseye
  • Coleraine 1-0 Crusaders

Leaders Crusaders lost only their third league game this season after they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Coleraine at the Showgrounds.

Oran Kearney scored the only goal of the game stroking home a 14th-minute penalty after Howard Beverland’s handball.

Crusaders had chances to equalise but David Cushley squandered their best opportunity with fifteen minutes to go, slicing wide from six-yards.

Novo goal gives Glens home win

Credit: Pacemaker

Glentoran got the better of Carrick Rangers with a 1-0 league win at The Oval on Friday night.

The only goal of the game came in the second half with Nacho Novo clinching all three points with a close range finish on 47 minutes.

The first 45 minutes saw few chances for either side with both defences on top.

The home fans did not have long to wait after the restart for what proved to be the winning goal. Ross Redman made a run from deep and his delivery presented Novo with a close range finish and he made no mistake.

Glentoran won a penalty a minute from the end for hand ball in the box, but Carrick keeper Brian Neeson produced a fine save to deny Curtis Allen.

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