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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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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