Irish Premiership 18/11/17

Action from Saturday's Irish Premiership games.

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Cliftonville secure narrow win

  • Ards 0-1 Cliftonville

Cliftonville secured a narrow win at Ards in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Jay Donnelly fired Cliftonville ahead when a ball into the box was not properly cleared by the Ards defence and Donnelly took full advantage to finish.

Ards came close to finding an equalizer in the second half as Cherry's close-range effort was denied by a late McGovern block.

Cliftonville looked dangerous at times on the flanks in the early stages of the second half, but too often there was no one there to take advantage of the final ball.

Elebert came close to scoring for the north Down side from a corner, but saw his header rebound off the crossbar.

Kyle Cherry then got beyond the Cliftonville defence, but couldn't keep his effort down as it sailed well over the bar.

Ballymena extend unbeaten run with win over Dungannon

  • Ballymena 2-1 Dungannon

Ballymena extended their unbeaten run to six games with victory over Dungannon Swifts.

Ballymena took the lead just before the interval, Johnny McMurray opened the scoring with a header from Tony Kane's free-kick four minutes before the break.

The Braidmen did have good further chances either side of the interval, but did not take them.

David Jeffrey's side were made to pay for that when Dungannon captain Ryan Harpur rose to head home an equaliser at the back post from Cormac Burke's ball.

Ballymena however struck in the dying minutes, Gary Thompson reacting quickest to score beyond the Swifts defence.

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Crusaders remain third after hammering Carrick 7-1

Crusaders Gavin Whyte celebrates a hatrick during Saturday's game at Seaview in Belfast. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Crusaders 7-1 Carrick Rangers

There were goals galore as Crusaders sank Carrick Rangers in a Seaview storm.

The Crues scored twice in quick succession, towards the 20 minute mark.

Baxter's side took the lead when Jamie Glackin was left with thesimplest of tap-ins after Paul Heatley's initial shot was parried away.

The Shore Road men then won a penalty - Gavin Whyte stepped up and madeno mistake from 12 yards.

It was all to easy for Crusaders who went 3-0 up when Whyte scored hissecond, hammering low into the corner of the net.

By the half hour mark it was four, Jordan Owens with the easiest of finishes.

Then Whyte capped his 19-minute hat-trick with a thunderous finish from 25 yards out which roared into the net.

Just 20 seconds into the second half, Carrick capitulated again -Glackin scoring again - his second of the match - prodding the ball into the far corner of the net from substitute David Cushley's ball.

Substitute Ryan Nimick got in on the act, adding the seventh goal.

Mark Clarke pulled a consolation back, heading past Brian Jensen from Mark Edgar's cross in the 85th minute.

Hard-fought win for Glentoran at Warrenpoint

Glentoran's Daniel Kelly celebrates his goal during Saturday's game at Milltown, Warrenpoint. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Warrenpoint 2-3 Glentoran

Glentoran clinched victory in a hard-fought game at Warrenpoint.

Glentoran took the lead just four minutes in.

Some slack home defending, allowed Dan Kelly in to net his first goal for the east Belfast club.

Just before the break, Gary Haveron's side doubled their advantage.

Tiernan McNicholl netted, after Elliott Morris made strong saves to deny Alan Davidson and Stephen Murray.

It was a sickening moment for Warrenpoint who had also struck the Glens woodwork through Jordan Dane.

The home side were then awarded a penalty after the Glentoran defence had been guilty of sitting too deep, inviting pressure.

However they couldn't take advantage, Murray's spot kick was saved by Glens keeper Elliott Morris.

But Glentoran didn't heed the warning signs and soon Warrenpoint were level.

Daniel Murray pulled one back, and just three minutes later it was 2-2, when Conall McGrandles, who had been provider for Murray's goal made it 2-2.

The game had another twist though, as Glentoran went back in front - Daniel Kelly rising above the defence to score with his head.

Comfortable victory for Glenavon over Ballinamallard

Glenavon’s James Singleton nets Glenavon's second goal at the start of the second half during Saturday's game at Ferney Park Credit: Pacemaker
  • Ballinamallard 0-3 Glenavon

Glenavon produced a strong performance to claim a comfortable victory at Ballinamallard.

Glenavon took the lead in the closing stages of the first half, when Bobby Burns supplied a lovely ball around the corner into Josh Daniels. He took on and beat his man, getting to the line.

His pull back is slotted home at close range by Mark Sykes.

The Lurgan Blues picked up the baton again in the second half, James Singleton doubling the lead.

Bobby Burns' corner wasn't cleared by the Mallards defence, and Singleton close-range effort cannoned in off the woodwork.

Daniels then put an inviting chance wide with his head after being picked out by a ball from Burns.

With time running out, Glenavon wrapped up the points when substitute Marc Griffin added a late third.

First defeat of the season for Coleraine

Coleraine after Saturday's game at Windsor Park in Belfast. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Linfield 2-1 Coleraine

Coleraine's impressive unbeaten run came to an end when they suffered a narrow defeat to Linfield at Windsor Park.

Chris Casement had the first opening of note on seven minutes for the Blues, but his 7th minute effort was dealt with by Bannsiders goalkeeper Chris Johns.

On 19 minutes Linfield were awarded a penalty - and Andy Waterworth made no mistake, scoring the goal, low to Johns' right.

With the game approaching the last half hour, there was renewed hope for the Bannsiders.

Darren McCauley fired home from the edge of the box, beating Roy Carroll after Ian Parkhill's shot was blocked.

Jordan Stewart's 64th minute effort from range flew just over the crossbar. Niall Quinn could have made it three late on, but he headed wide from Chris Casement's ball.

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