Danske Bank Premiership round-up: Ballymena break duck with shock win at Crusaders

Aaron Jarvis was the hero for Coleraine on Saturday as his second-half brace rescued a draw against Glentoran Picture by Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker
Padraig O Meiscill

Danske Bank Premiership

Carrick Rangers 3 Institute 0

CARRICK Rangers moved themselves firmly towards mid-table respectability with a comfortable 3-0 victory at home against a 10-man Institute.

Daniel Kelly powered home a header to give the in-form hosts an early lead before Institute captain Dean Curry was sent-off for two yellow cards. Substitute Michael Smith added the third goal in injury-time from close range.

Coleraine 2 Glentoran 2

AARON Jarvis was the hero for Coleraine on Saturday as his second-half brace helped them fight back from a 2-0 deficit against Glentoran.

Robbie McDaid opened the scoring for the Glens with a good finish from a John Herron pass and Paul O'Neill doubled the lead from close range at the Showgrounds.

The first goal from Jarvis was an outstanding 30-yard strike before he equalised with a back post header from a Jamie Glackin corner.

Crusaders 0 Ballymena United 1

BALLYMENA managed their first league win since September thanks to Josh Kelly's wonder strike two minutes from time at Seaview.

Crues striker Jamie McGonigle hit the crossbar in the first-half, while referee Shane Andrews awarded an injury-time penalty to the hosts when Howard Beverland and Tony Kane came together, with Jordan Williamson denying David Cushley from the spot with a brilliant save.

Dungannon Swifts 3 Warrenpoint Town 1

DUNGANNON Swifts ended a run of eight straight league defeats, with Mark Patton scoring twice to help them past Warrenpoint at Stangmore Park.

Callum Byers put the hosts in front, but Warrenpoint were soon level with Brandon Doyle sliding home. Patton bundled home to make it 2-1 and sealed the points by firing past Mark Byrne.

Glenavon 1 Larne 3

GOALS from Harry Flowers, Albert Watson and Johnny McMurray ensured Glenavon still look nervously over their shoulders as Larne won at Mourneview Park.

Flowers and Watson both headed in to put Larne in control, but Stephen Murray gave the Lurgan Blues hope with a penalty early in the second-half.

McMurray sealed the points for sixth-placed Larne with a well-struck volley as Gary Hamilton's men fell to a second straight defeat.

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