Irish Premiership Action [19/08/17]

Action from Saturday's Irish Premiership games.

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Glenavon crush Ballymena United

Glenavon's Bobby Burns celebrates his goal during Saturday's game at Ballymena Showgrounds. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Ballymena Utd 1-6 Glenavon

Glenavon crushed Ballymena United 6-1 at the Showgrounds.

After a scoreless first half, Glenavon took the lead - Adam Foley rifling into the top corner of the net.

Singleton made it two, poking home the loose ball after confusion following a corner.

Sammy Clingan's penalty made it three, and things went from bad to worse for David Jeffrey's side, Andy Hall with a 25-yard free-kick for 4-0.

Tony Kane did net a consolation from the spot for the hosts, but Bobby Burns made it 5-1.

Mitchell made it six, with a simple finish late on to compound Ballymena's agony.

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Glentoran draws with Carrick

Glentoran’s Nathan Kerr aCarrick Rangers Andrew Mooney during Saturday's game at the Oval in Belfast. Credit: Presseye
  • Glentoran 1-1 Carrick Rangers

Glentoran took the lead against Carrick, five minutes from half-time,Ross Redman with a clincial left-foot effort.

Just 40 seconds after the re-start, Carrick were level - Lee Chapman netting.

Mallards draw with Cliftonville

Ballinamallard's Jonathan Leddy with Cliftonville's Jay Donnelly during their Danske Bank Premiership game at Ferney Park. Credit: Presseye
  • Ballinamallard Utd 1-1 Cliftonville

Ballinamallard got their first point of the campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Cliftonville.

Ballinamallard took the lead against the north Belfast Reds, when Ryan Curran fired a penalty home.

Richard Clarke had the initial effort. Cliftonville failed to deal with it sufficiently and Harney was penalised for a handball.

Curran stepped up and dispatches the penalty with the composure you would expect from the dead-ball specialist.

The Reds levelled however when Gary Breen headed into the net following Martin Donnelly's cross.

Visitors Coleraine beat Crusaders

Coleraine's Eoin Bradley celebrates after he heads his side into a 1-0 lead Credit: Presseye
  • Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

Coleraine took the advantage against Stephen Baxter's Crues when Eoin Bradley headed home from close range, after pressure had been building from the Bannsiders.

O'Donnell doubled that advantage when he reacted quickest to head downwards and home for 2-0.

David Ogilby was dismissed for a second yellow card for the visitors after the re-start.

Jordan Forsyth pulled one back for the Shore Road side late on.

Blues beat Swifts at Stangmore Park

Linfield's Mark Haughey celebrates scoring against Dungannon Swifts during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Stangmore Park. Credit: Presseye
  • Dungannon Swifts 0-4 Linfield

Linfield took the lead, just past the 20 minute mark, Paul Smyth heading home for the champions from Chris Casement's cross at the back post.

It was two when Niall Quinn thumped one into the top corner from 25 yards.

David Healy's side added a third right on the stroke of half-time, Mark Haughey scoring via a deflection off Seanan Clucas.

Andy Mitchell made it four from the penalty spot for the Blues on 88 minutes.

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