Irish Premiership action

Action from this weekend's Irish Premiership games. Saturday 15 April 2017 Ballymena Utd 0 - 2 Linfield Carrick Rangers 2 - 2 Ards Cliftonville 2 - 3 Crusaders Coleraine 1 - 1 Glenavon Dungannon Swifts 2 - 1 Glentoran Friday 14 April 2017 Portadown 1 - 0 Ballinamallard

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Carrick fight back to draw with Ards

Guillaume Keke scored both goals for Ards on Saturday at Taylor's Avenue. Credit: Presseye
  • Carrick Rangers 2-2 Ards

Carrick Rangers fought back from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Ards, but the result means they will finish in the bottom two of the Danske Bank Premiership.

French striker Guillaume Keke scored twice to give Ards the advantage before Martin Murray and then Paddy McNally scored before half-time to draw the sides level.

The result keeps Portadown’s hopes of avoiding automatic relegation alive after they defeated Ballinamallard Utd 1-0 on Friday night.

Swifts defeat visitors Glentoran

Swifts' Jamie Glackin celebrates after scoring to make it 2-1 during Saturday's match at Stangmore Park. Credit: Presseye
  • Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Glentoran

Dungannon remain on course for a Europa League play-off place after they came from behind to defeat Glentoran 2-1 at Stangmore Park.

Fra Brennan gifted the east Belfast the lead when he headed into own goal midway through the first half.

But the Swifts levelled through Chris Hegarty in the second period when he headed home Jarlath O’Rourke’s corner.

And with a minute remaining Jamie Glackin put the Swifts in front with a beautiful lobbed finish.

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Coleraine draw with Glenavon

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  • Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

Glenavon’s James Singleton scored a late equaliser to deny Irish Cup finalists Coleraine all three points at Ballycastle Road.

With the game heading towards a scoreless draw, Oran Kearney’s side took the lead with just fifteen-minutes remaining when Darren McCauley volleyed home an Ian Parkhill cross.

But with time running out Singleton struck to give Glenavon a share of the spoils.

Coleraine remain third in the league and well placed to secure the final Europa League place.

Win for Linfield at Ballymena Showgrounds

Linfield Andrew Waterworth celebrates scoring against Ballymena United during Easter Saturday's Danske Bank Section A match at Ballymena Showgrounds. Credit: Presseye
  • Ballymena Utd 0-2 Linfield

Linfield kept up the pressure on league leaders Crusaders with a convincing 2-0 victory over Ballymena United at the Showgrounds.

David Healy’s side took the lead with only thirteen-minutes gone when Jimmy Callacher rose highest to meet Niall Quinn’s cross and score his eighth goal of the season.

Ballymena offered little in the way of attack and it was the Blues who almost doubled their lead early in the second-half but Paul Smyth’s effort flew agonisingly wide.

With minutes left on the clock Andrew Waterworth sealed the game for Linfield with a close range finish.

Linfield trail Crusaders by a point but the Championship appears to be going down to the wire with just three-games remaining.

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