Danske Bank Premiership round-up: Ards off the bottom, Cliftonville win in Warrenpoint

Damien McNulty celebrates scoring Ards' second goal against Newry during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership game at Clandeboye Picture by Pacemaker

Danske Bank Premiership

Ards 3 Newry City 1

WARREN Feeney got his tenure as Ards manager off to a winning start as his new side moved off the bottom with a 3-1 victory over Newry City.

Mark Kelly and Damien McNulty both headed home to give Ards a first-half lead before Ger Pender reduced the gap for Newry after the break.

Kelly grabbed his second header of the game to secure the win as Ards moved ahead of Newry on goal difference.

Coleraine 2 Glentoran 0

COLERAINE managed to escape the penalty for missing two spot-kicks as Eoin Bradley netted at the third time of asking to help the Bannsiders dispatch 10-man Glentoran at the Showgrounds.

Glens defender Calum Birney was sent-off for handling on the line, but Jamie McGonigle missed the resulting penalty, with Dean Shiels then also firing over the crossbar from their second spot-kick.

Bradley was successful from Coleraine's third penalty of the day before Ben Doherty sealed the win late on.

Institute 2 Dungannon Swifts 0

KEVIN Doherty got his second win on the bounce as caretaker manager of Institute as they comfortably disposed of Dungannon Swifts at the Brandywell.

Jamie Dunne and Joe McCready both hit the net as Institute leap frogged their opponents to move into seventh place in the Danske Bank Premiership table.

Warrenpoint Town 0 Cliftonville 2

PADDY McLaughlin’s winning beginning to his reign as Cliftonville boss continued on Saturday as two goals from Ryan Curran ensured victory over Warrenpoint Town at Milltown.

In the first-half, Reds stopper Richard Brush did well to save Alan O'Sullivan's shot, shortly before Cliftonville left-back Conor McMenamin was denied his second goal in as many games, seeing his header cleared off the line by Daniel Wallace.

Curran’s first of the afternoon came after he drove inside and caught Warrenpoint ’keeper Berraat Turker out at his near post with a fine effort.

The number nine's second was another accomplished finish, rifling a right-footed drive into the far corner after he was slipped in behind Town's back-line by Aaron Harkin.

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