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Premiership

GOALS ABOUND DURING ENTERTAINING PREMIERSHIP AFTERNOON

12 Dec 2020
football
© PressEye Hrvoje Plum celebrates scoring for the Glens
It was another entertaining afternoon of Danske Bank Premiership action as Glentoran, Crusaders and Ballymena United all swept to convincing victories while there was a dramatic finish to proceedings at the Coleraine Showgrounds.
 
Glentoran led the way in the scoring stakes, hitting six past Carrick Rangers with Robbie McDaid claiming a hat-trick along the way.
 
He opened the scoring with just over a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock with goals from Jay Donnelly and Hrvoje Plum on his return from injury firing Mick McDermott's charges into a commanding lead at the break.
 
McDaid bagged a double in the second half to take the home the match ball before Ruaidhri Donnelly completed the rout right at the end.
 
Crusaders demonstrated their scoring prowess with five goals without reply past Portadown at Seaview.
 
Jordan Owens and Paul Heatley struck early on, before Adam Lecky added a third late in the first half. Philip Lowry then knocked home a brace midway through the second period to round off a comfortable afternoon for Stephen Baxter's side.
 
Also hitting five were Ballymena United away to Dungannon Swifts. 
 
United fell behind to a Michael Carvill spot-kick on 22 minutes but a storming second half showing put the issue beyond any doubt.
 
Jude Winchester, Trai Hume and Paul McElroy all found the net in a six-minute period before the hour, with Shay McCartan following up with two more goals.
 
Meanwhile, at the Showgrounds, Stewart Nixon's late winner ensured a first win in five outings for Coleraine.
 
Ben Doherty had given the Bannsiders the lead at the break but Stuart Hutchinson looked to have secured a share of the spoils for Warrenpoint - by then down to ten men - with a minute remaining. However, Nixon popped up in added time to bag the winner.