Danske Bank Premiership review: Dungannon hammer Ballymena United

Glentoran's Jay Magee scores during Saturday's game against Glenavon at Mournview Park
Picture by Pacemaker
Sean O'Neill

Ballymena United 1 Dungannon Swifts 4
THE Swifts were unperturbed at going a goal down after 13 minutes to run out convincing winners against Ballymena. Leroy Millar gave the home side the lead before Andrew Mitchell levelled four minutes later with a cool finish. Jarlath O’Rourke put Dungannon in front on 26 after being played in by Ryan Harpur.

After the break, a Kyle Owens own goal made it 3-1, before Mitchell grabbed his second to move Rodney McAree’s men up to seventh.


Carrick Rangers 1 Portadown 1
EOIN KIRWAN’S goal eight minutes from the end of this game ensured Portadown took a point back to Shamrock Park. The mid-Ulster men had the better of the opening exchanges, but could not find a way through and Adam Salley’s goal after 62 minutes looked like it might be enough to secure a home win.

But substitute Kirwan equalised following good build up play from Robbie Garrett and Sean Mackle.


Coleraine 3 Ballinamallard United 1
THE Mallards took the lead at the Showgrounds with 11 minutes gone through former Coleraine player Shane McGinty, but could not add to their tally as the Bannsiders rattled in three goals to move up to fourth. Jordan Allan equalised on 20 minutes after being fed by Jamie McGonigle, James McLaughlin put Coleraine in front 17 minutes from time and Neil McCafferty scored from the spot two minutes from the end to wrap up the win.


Crusaders 1 Ards 0
DAVID CUSHLEY'S 92nd minute goal ensured Crusaders stretched their lead at the top of the table to seven points. A Jordan Owens header that hit the crossbar midway through the first-half was the closest the champions had come to taking the lead in normal time.

Ards were not without a threat themselves though, with David McAllister, Kyle Cherry and Ross Arthurs all having chances. But it was Cushley who had the decisive say when he fired in a deflected shot.


Glenavon 1 Glentoran 1
GLENAVON have now drawn six of their last 10 league games as their stuttering season continues. Although the visitors started the better, with a Ciaran Caldwell effort hitting the crossbar on 23, Joel Cooper opened the scoring for the Lurgan side with an assist from Greg Moorehouse.

The Glens drew level when Jay Magee headed in an Eric Foley free kick 20 minutes into the second-half.

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