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Ards clinch narrow victory against Ballymena Utd

Ards clinched a narrow 1-0 success against Ballymena United.

Ards took the advantage in the first half when Reece Glendinning scored beyond Ballymena goalkeeper Ross Glendinning.

Ballymena had a claim for a penalty turned away in the second half, when Matthew Shevlin went down in the box, but the referee waved those away.

Ballymena beat Glenavon at Showgrounds

Ballymena's Kevin Braniff celebration during Saturday's game at Ballymena Showgrounds. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Ballymena United 3-1 Glenavon

Ballymena's late show proved to be the difference at the Showgrounds as they beat Glenavon 3-1.

Sammy Clingan had given the Lurgan Blues the lead from the penalty spot before Kevin Braniff's smart equaliser for David Jeffrey's side in a pulsating first half.

But late goals from Cathair Friel and Kyle Owens gave Ballymena their first win over Glenavon in four years.

The result moves the Sky Blues back into the top six.

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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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.

Visitors Ballymena beat Ballinamallard

  • Ballinamallard 1-3 Ballymena

Ballymena took the lead on the quarter-hour mark - and a fine goal too.

Leroy Millar unloaded a superb volley, which nestled in the bottom corner of the Ballinamallard net.

It made it two goals in two matches for Millar.

On 21 minutes, David Jeffrey's side went two-up.

Anthony Kane with a great finish from the penalty spot leaving Ballinamallard goalkeeper Brush with no chance.

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Kane made it 13 consecutive successful spot-kicks with the effort for Ballymena.

Kane almost made it three early in the second half, but the Ballinamallard defence scrambled to block the effort, and avert the danger.

It was 3-0 soon after though as Ballymena cruised through the gears - with a delicate flicked header into the corner of the goal.

The home side pulled one back - Josh McIlwaine with the header beyond Ballymena goalkeeper Conor Brennan.

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.

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