Danske Bank Premiership: Coleraine keep on the coat-tails of leaders Linfield
Danske Bank Premiership
Carrick Rangers 0 Glentoran 5
A FIRST-HALF goal blitz left struggling Carrick Rangers reeling at Taylor’s Avenue on Friday night. Jay Donnelly put Glentoran in control early on with two well-taken strikes before Reece Glendinning's own goal. Conor McMenamin added a fourth with a looping header after 29 minutes before Rory Donnelly completed the rout on the stroke of half-time.
Crusaders 0 Warrenpoint Town 2
WARRENPOINT recorded their first ever league win at Seaview on Saturday thanks to two first-half strikes. A stunning Ryan Swan volley and a Brandon Doyle conversion helped Barry Gray’s side to that first victory after a run of three draws and 17 defeats in their last 20 visits. Crusaders have now lost four of their last five home games and trail table-topping Linfield by nine points.
Dungannon Swifts 2 Coleraine 3
COLERAINE kept themselves within two points of league leaders Linfield with a thrilling win at Stangmore Park. Jamie Glackin opened the scoring against the Swifts on 18 minutes, but Rory Patterson equalised before half-time. Ben Doherty netted from the spot after Roy Carroll was controversially penalised, but Douglas Wilson levelled the game with a stunning free-kick.
Oisín Smyth was then sent-off for bottom of the table Dunagnnon before Doherty hit a classy winner from 25 yards on 76 minutes.
Portadown 4 Glenavon 1
TEN-MAN Glenavon were no match for Portadown in Saturday’s mid-Ulster derby at Shamrock Park. Lee Bonis powered the Ports ahead before Lee McNulty was sent-off for a deliberate handball on his own line. Sam Warde converted from the spot, with Ben Guy effectively sealing the win with a third home goal early in the second-half.
Glenavon pulled one back through Seán Ward, but Chris Lavery's late effort made sure of a Portadown victory.
Ballymena United 1 Larne 1
LARNE slipped further behind the Premiership pace-setters as Ballymena continued their recent revival at the Showgrounds. Albert Watson's own goal broke the deadlock after the Larne defender turned Jude Winchester's cross into his own net. Substitute Ronan Hale equalised for Tiernán Lynch's side in the second-half with a composed finish.
Larne are now eight points behind leaders Linfield.