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Stuart Dallas skips away in delight after scoring the winner for Crusaders (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/


STUART Dallas struck three minutes from time to secure Crusaders a maximum return from their visit to Shamrock Park, a victory which moves them ever closer to leaders Linfield.

Dallas, a revelation for many this season following his summer move from Coagh United, got on the end of a long punt forward to outpace and beat Portadown 'keeper David Miskelly.

Linfield still enjoy a six point cushion at the top of the table but their recent stuttering form continued courtesy of a 2-2 draw at Glenavon.

The Blues had raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening half-an-hour but were rocked by two late Glenavon goals.

At The Oval, Glentoran and Cliftonville lost further ground on their respective derby rivals with an uninspiring scoreless draw while Lisburn Distillery took a huge stride towards securing a top six berth with victory at Dungannon Swifts.

Donegal Celtic moved off the foot of the table with a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Ballymena United at The Showgrounds, dumping Newry City to the bottom following their reversal at Coleraine, a game they led before being stung by a Bannsiders revival.

Classified Results - 26th February 2011
Carling Premiership

Ballymena United 0-3 Cliftonville
Coleraine 3-1 Newry City
Dungannon Swifts 1-2 Lisburn Distillery
Glenavon 2-2 Linfield
Glentoran 0-0 Cliftonville
Portadown 0-1 Crusaders

WKD Core Intermediate Cup (quarter-finals)
Carrick Rangers 4-0 Banbridge Rangers
Killyleagh YC 1-3 HW Welders
Larne 1-0 Loughgall Championship 1
Ards 2-2 Ballinamallard United
Bangor 2-2 Ballyclare Comrades
Dergview 4-1 Institute
Limavady United 2-0 Banbridge Town Championship 2
Chimney Corner 2-3 Armagh City
Coagh United 0-1 Portstewart
Knockbreda 2-1 Killymoon Rangers
Lurgan Celtic 2-4 Dundela
Moyola Park 1-0 Annagh United
Queen's University 0-1 Wakehurst
Tobermore United 5-2 PSNI
Warrenpoint Town 5-2 Sport & Leisure Swifts

IFA Reserve League
Cliftonville Olympic 2-2 Glentoran II
Crusaders Reserves 2-1 Portadown Reserves
Donegal Celtic Reserves 3-0 Ballymena United Reserves
Linfield Swifts 5-1 Glenavon Reserves
Lisburn Distillery II 1-1 Dungannon Swifts Reserves
Newry City Reserves 2-1 Coleraine Reserves

Coca-Cola Junior Cup (quarter-finals)
Bessbrook United 1-0 Beragh Swifts
St. Patrick's YM 5-1 Silverwood United
Warrenpoint Town Reserves 0-1 Lisbellaw United
Woodvale 3-1 Newtowne

IFA Youth League Cup (second round)

Ballymena United III 1-2 Glentoran Colts

IFA Youth League Cup (quarter-finals)

Carrick Rangers Colts 5-1 Cookstown Youth
Cliftonville Strollers 0-2 Glenavon III

IFA Youth League (Section A)
Lisburn Distillery III 0-3 Newry City Wanderers
Newington YC 2-2 Donegal Celtic Youth

IFA Youth League (Section B)
Loughgall Colts 2-2 Coleraine Colts
Portadown III 3-1 Crewe United Youth