Crusaders, Coleraine, Larne and Dungannon Swifts shine under Friday Night Lights

Shaun Casey

Two first half goals helped pave the way for Crusaders’ sixth win of the season as they saw off Ballymena.

Phillip Lowry opened the scoring around the half hour mark while Jarlath O’Rourke doubled their advantage four minutes later after an assist from Adam Lecky.

Crusaders added a third eight minutes from time when Jordan Forsythe headed home Ross Clarke’s corner kick.

A two-goal blitz inside four minutes allowed Coleraine to jump up to third position in the table as they defeated Newry City.

The sides were tied at the interval after a scoreless opening half before Lee Lynch finally broke the deadlock on the 54th minute.

Dean Jarvis notched their second major of the evening when he finished Jamie Glackin’s inviting cross.

Coleraine rattled off a third, but Conor McKendry was deemed to be offside and so the score remained 2-0.

Dungannon Swifts edged past Portadown in the bottom of the table clash, to earn their first win of the campaign.

The game was just 23 seconds old when the hosts tucked away the first major when Rhyss Campbell fired low to the bottom corner.

That gave Dean Shiels’ men a one goal cushion at the break, and they doubled that margin two minutes after the turnaround.

Ryan Mayse slotted in another from the penalty spot after defender Michael Ruddy was brought down in the box.

Shea Gordon’s late goal led Larne to their fourth win of the season as the midfielder reacted quickest to a poor clearance to find the bottom corner.

That goal sees Larne retain their fifth position in the table, now ahead of their opponents Carrick Rangers by four points.