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Premiership

TUESDAY NIGHT SUCCESS FOR LINFIELD, LARNE AND GLENAVON

17 Mar 2021
football
© Stephen Hamilton/PressEye Robert Garrett levels for Glenavon
There were Tuesday night Danske Bank Premiership wins for Linfield, Larne and Glenavon while the points were shared at Milltown.
 
Leaders Linfield moved eight points clear at the top of the table, albeit having played two games more than their nearest rivals, with a 2-0 defeat of Dungannon Swifts at Windsor Park.
 
Both goals came either side of the break, with Joel Cooper opening the scoring on 40 minutes with a low finish into the bottom corner before Shayne Lavery added a second in the 52nd minute to bring his tally for the campaign to 18 goals.
 
Larne closed the gap on second placed Coleraine with a 3-1 derby win over Carrick Rangers at the Loughshore Hotel Arena.
 
The sides traded penalties early on with Andy Mitchell slotting the visitors in front on 11 minutes with Caolan Loughran replying a few minutes later.
 
However, John Herron edged Larne back in front just after the half-hour mark before Conor McKendry added a third in stoppage time.
 
Two quick fire second half goals gave Glenavon the points from Glentoran's visit to The Oval.
 
Ruaidhrí Donnelly handed Glentoran the lead midway through the first half with a close range finish from Conor McMenamin's lay off.
 
But two goals in three minutes tipped the balance in favour of Glenavon. Robert Garrett bagged the leveller on 70 minutes quickly followed by what proved to be the winner from Matthew Fitzpatrick.
 
Meanwhile, at Milltown, Warrenpoint Town and Ballymena United battled to a share of the spoils.
 
Joe McCready fired United in front as early as the eight minute but Adam Carroll pulled 'Point back into the game before the break.