Saturday's action from the Irish League

A roundup of all the action from Saturday's games in the Irish League.

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Portadown keep hopes of avoiding relegation alive

Portadown's Luke Wilson scores his goal. Credit: Pacemaker

Portadown 2-1 Carrick Rangers

Portadown kept alive their slim hopes of avoiding relegation following a late 2-1 victory over Ards at Shamrock Park.

Niall Currie’s side fell behind in the 55th minute after Martin Murray scored from the penalty spot following a foul on Tommy Elver.

But with nine minutes of normal time remaining Niall Henderson’s penalty drew Portadown level.

The Ports took the lead just a minute later through Luke Wilson to ensure Premiership survival for at least another week.


Two goals for Jenkins as Glenavon beat Ballymena

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Glenavon 3-0 Ballymena Utd

Seventeen-year-old striker Jordan Jenkins scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Ballymena United at Mourneview Park to close the gap between themselves and the Sky Blues in fifth-place to four points.

Glenavon took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Jenkins slotted home from close range after the Ballymena defence failed to clear the danger.

Jenkins scored his second of the game seven minutes after the restart when he rifled home a superb half volley from six yards.

Greg Moorhouse secured the victory for the Lurgan Blues with seven minutes remaining.

Ards ease relegation fears with hard-fought victory

Ards 4-1 Dungannon Swifts

Ards eased any lingering relegation fears with a hard fought 4-1 victory over Dungannon Swifts at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

Michael Ruddy put Colin Nixon’s side in front in the 14th-minute from the penalty spot after Dungannon goalkeeper Andy Coleman fouled Matthew Shevlin.

The same player doubled the lead eight minutes later when he seized on Guillaume Keke’s saved effort to score from a couple of yards out.

Dungannon pulled one back on the half hour when Chris Hegarty headed home Jarlath O’Rourke’s cross.

Shevlin, on loan from Ballymena United, restored Ards two goal advantage midway through the first-half when he ran through the Dungannon defence to score.

Keke scored Ards fourth collecting a right wing cross from Shevlin before firing home a composed finish.

Coleraine beat Cliftonville to extend unbeaten run

Coleraine’s Darren McCauley celebrates. Credit: Pacemaker

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

Coleraine made it 16 matches without defeat after they beat Cliftonville 2-0 at the Showgrounds to move five points ahead of the north Belfast club in the Premiership league table.

David Kee missed the chance to give Coleraine the lead just before half-time when he collected Eoin Bradley’s deflected free kick from the edge of the six-yard box, but his scuffed shot was easily saved.

But Coleraine did take the lead just after the restart when Darren McCauley rifled home a left foot drive to score his seventh goal of the season.

McCauley doubled Coleraine’s lead in the 72nd minute when he collected Adam Mullan’s through ball to rifle home into the top right hand corner.


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