Irish Premiership action [09/09/17]

Action from Saturday's Irish Premiership games.

There were five games on Saturday, with Glenavon beating Carrick Rangers on Friday.

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Warrenpoint lose to Ballymena

  • Warrenpoint 1-3 Ballymena

Warrenpoint took the early advantage against visiting Ballymena, when Martin Murray scored just 25 seconds into the match, beating goalkeeper Conor Brennan.

Ballymena levelled up soon after though, Cathair Friel netting following a corner.

And in the second half the visitors went ahead, Emmet Friars scoring for the second successive Saturday, rising highest to head home at the back post to make it 2-1 to David Jeffrey's men.

Friel then poked the ball home from a Kevin Braniff left-wing cross for his second of the game after 79 minutes - a fine volley from the former Limavady attacker.

It ended Warrenpoint 1-3 Ballymena.

Coleraine stay top after win over Ards

Coleraine celebrate during Saturday's game. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Ards 0-3 Coleraine

It was a comfortable afternoon for Coleraine against Ards as the Bannsiders won 3-0.

However there were no goals in the first half, but on 55 minutes, Josh Carson broke the impasse in Bangor.

After substitute Jamie McGonigle's effort was only parried, Carson snapped up the rebound to make it 1-0.

Not long after the lead was doubled for the Bannsiders - Darren McAuley in fact just a minute later volleying home a spectacular goal following good work on the flank from Eoin Bradley.

Coleraine then won a penalty, which Darren McCauley slotted home to the goalkeeper's left.

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Cliftonville beat Dungannon at Solitude

Cliftonville’s Garry Breen scores against Dungannon during Saturday's game at Solitude in Belfast. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Cliftonville 2-1 Dungannon

After a tight first half, Cliftonville broke the deadlock against Dungannon Swifts, Gary Breen heading home the opener at Solitude.

Soon afterwards it was 2-0, Joe Gormley scythed neatly in from the inside and curled a wonderful effort into the top corner of the net.

Dungannon pulled one back late on as Hegarty headed one home, but it finished 2-1 to Cliftonville.

Comfortable win for Crues at Ballinamallard

Crusaders' Paul Heatley celebrates his third goal during Saturday's game at Ferney Park, Ballinamallard. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Ballinamallard 1-5 Crusaders

Crusaders enjoyed a comfortable 5-1 win at Ballinamallard.

Crusaders took the early lead at Ballinamallard, Paul Heatley converting Jordan Owens' flick-on, with the Mallards' defenders left flat-footed.

Stephen Baxter's side made it two just before the break when Philip Lowry nipped in to score from a long throw-in - scoring from just seven yards out.

Ballinamallard pulled one back, Ryan Curran neatly controlling before driving the ball home past Brian Jensen.

However the home side's hope was soon extinguished again as Heatley clinically scored his second of the day.

Heatley then completed his hat-trick at Ferney Park, his sixth league goal of the season to make it 4-1, and that was followed by a smart finish from Jordan Owens.

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