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Premiership

CLIFTONVILLE, CRUSADERS AND GLENAVON ALL PICK UP WINS

21 Feb 2021
football
© Stephen Hamilton/PressEye Paul Heatley sends an overhead kick past Ross Glendinning
There were Danske Bank Premiership victories for Cliftonville, Crusaders and Glenavon while the big game at Windsor Park ended scoreless.
 
Linfield and Coleraine locked horns in the Saturday evening streamed game but despite both sides having their chances neither could find way a through. Coleraine did extend their current unbeaten run to ten games while Linfield moved a further point clear of second placed Larne.
 
Tiernan Lynch's side suffered a one goal defeat away to Cliftonville earlier in the afternoon. Ronan Doherty bagged what proved to be the winner as early as the fifth minute with a thumping finish from the edge of the area after the Larne defence had failed to deal with a Chris Curran ball from the right.
 
Across north Belfast Crusaders struck either side of the break to come from behind to get the better of Ballymena United at Seaview.
 
The visitors had gone in front through Joe McCready's close range strike on 12 minutes but the Crues levelled late in the first half when Jamie McGonigle's cross into the area got caught in the wind and curled past Ross Glendinning.
 
Then, moments after the interval, Paul Heatley showed great skill with his back to goal to send a superb overhead effort beyond the United keeper.
 
Meanwhile, at the Loughshore Hotel Arena, Carrick Rangers and Glenavon served up a seven goal thriller from which the visitors emerged victorious.
 
Gary Hamilton's side raced into an early lead with goals from Colin Coates and Conor McCloskey inside the opening quarter-of-an-hour although Carrick did pull one back in first half stoppage time through Lloyd Anderson.
 
Caolan Loughran then levelled from the spot early in the second half but Glenavon hit back with two goals in three minutes from Peter Campbell and Michael O'Connor soon after. Loughran struck again on 70 minutes but it wasn't enough to spark another home revival.