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09 Oct 2021
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A reduced Danske Bank Premiership programme due to international call-ups produced victories for Linfield and Crusaders, while Coleraine and Glenavon cancelled each other out on Friday evening.

The collective performance of the weekend undoubtedly goes to Linfield for their four goal blast midway through the first half against Carrick Rangers at Windsor Park.

Remarkably, all four goals were hit in a 12-minute spell beginning with Christy Manzinga's 25th minute opener from a Kirk Millar free-kick.

Sam Roscoe nodded home a second four minutes later, and another five minutes elapsed before Manzinga doubled his tally. Martin Donnelly then completed the scoring on 37 minutes with a low right-foot effort under Neil Shields.

Crusaders needed just one goal to get the better of Ballymena United at The Showgrounds. It came courtesy of Jarlath O'Rourke's 13th minute header at the back post after the United defence failed to deal with a Jordan Forsythe cross.

Meanwhile, on Friday night, Coleraine and Glenavon played out a scoreless draw despite both sides striking the woodwork on more than one occasion and the Bannsiders seeing a penalty saved!