Irish Premiership Action (07/10/2017)

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Swifts fight back to beat Ballymena

Dungannon's Paul McElroy celebrates his goal at Stangmore Park. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Ballymena United

Dungannon Swifts fought back from behind to take all three points from this clash at Stangmore Park.

Dungannon had a promising opening on 23 minutes - but Jim Ervin's last-ditch attempt denied Ryan Mayse at the near post.

But Ballymena took the lead just before the half-hour mark - Leroy Millar opened the scoring from a free-kick after Fra McCaffrey was fouled.

Chris Hegarty had to head off the line from Willie Faulkner's effort - another big chance for the Sky Blues - but Dungannon's goal escaped.

There was a scare for United later on in the first half, Jim Ervin's ball back, almost leaving his own goalkeeper Connor Brennan flat-footed but United survived.

The first chance of the second half fell again to Millar, but this time he was off-target with his effort at Stuart Addis' goal.

Faulkner came near to netting again, as the Sky Blues made a bright start to the second period.

Dungannon did turn things around though, going 2-1 up.

Mayse with the finish as a ball in from Ally Teggart found the back of the net.


Early goal seals win for Glentoran

Glentoran’s Curtis Allen celebrates after scoring during Saturday's game at the Bangor Fuels arena. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Ards 0-1 Glentoran

Glentoran won a closely-fought match with Ards with an early goal.

Glentoran flew out of the blocks - Curtis Allen profiting from a long clearance from Elliott Morris.

Allen out-paced the Ards back four and lobbed the ball into the back of the net as the east Belfast men took the lead after just 50 seconds.

David McDaid went close to a second for Gary Haveron's side just before the break but the shot was saved by Ards goalkeeper Johnston.

McDaid almost scored the second, but his effort was cleared off the line.

Ards: Johnston, Byers, Taylor, Elebert, Glendinning, Frazer, Cherry, Hanley, Liggett, McComb, McAllister Subs: McMillen, Ruddy, Keke, Tommons, McLellan

Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Birney, Addis, Allen, Kerr, McNicholl, Knowles, Redman, McCawl, McDaid Subs; McMullan, Kelly, Delaney, Gordon, Smith

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