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Premiership

A WINNING WEEKEND FOR BALLYMENA, COLERAINE AND WARRENPOINT

30 Jan 2021
football
© Stephen Hamilton/PressEye Aidan Wilson and Eoin Bradley in action at The Showgrounds
Late goals were the order of the day as the latest round of Danske Bank Premiership fixtures produced wins for Coleraine, Ballymena United and Warrenpoint Town as well as a draw at Solitude.
 
Coleraine maintained their current winning streak, stretching it to six games, with victory over Crusaders at The Showgrounds.
 
Jamie McGonigle had given the Crues the lead after 17 minutes but Curtis Allen levelled for the Bannsiders just after the half-hour mark.
 
That was how it stayed until a couple of minutes remaining when Stephen Lowry met a Jamie Glackin cross to head past Sean O'Neill at the back post.
 
Cliftonville and Glenavon shared the points and goals at Solitude.
 
The scoring action in a generally quiet affair was confined to the second half. Daniel Purkis broke the deadlock just after the hour from the spot after he had been brought down by Aaron McCarey.
 
But the Reds secured the draw right at the end through Ryan Curran after his strike from the edge of the box curled beyond Hyland into the far corner.
 
Warrenpoint Town bounced back from last week's heavy defeat to beat Portadown 2-0 at Shamrock Park.
 
Scoreless at the break, 'Point moved in front when Fra McCaffrey teed Brandon Doyle up to slide the ball below Jacob Carney.
 
Then, with seven minutes remaining, Ryan Swan bagged a second with a stooping header at the near post from Colm Deasy's cross.
 
Ballymena United wrapped up the weekend with a two-goal victory over Carrick Rangers at the Loughshore Hotel Arena.
 
Paul McElroy fired the visitors in front on 21 minutes with a confident finish past Aaron Hogg after Jude Winchester had flicked the ball forward.
 
The roles reversed for Ballymena's second with nine minutes to go. McElroy laid the ball off across the edge of the area for Winchester to curl a superb finish into the top right corner.
 
On Friday night Larne and Glentoran kicked the weekend off with a 1-1 draw at Inver Park.
 
Jeff Hughes opened the scoring for Tiernan Lynch's side midway through the first half before Robbie McDaid levelled for the Glens just over a minute after the interval.