18 Nov 2023
© Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press Jack Malone celebrates after doubling Glenavon's lead

There was plenty of home comfort on offer in the Sports Direct Premiership following victories for Glentoran, Glenavon and Dungannon Swifts in their respective backyards.

And on Friday night, champions Larne welcomed Coleraine to Inver Park and emerged with all three points with goals from Joe Thomson and Leroy Millar.

The Glens hit five goals without reply past a beleaguered Ballymena United at the BetMcLean Oval with most of the damage done during a blistering 13-minute spell in the first half.

Aidan Wilson opened the scoring on 23 minutes with a bullet header past Sean O’Neill, before Junior Uzokwe popped up with two goals in three minutes all before the half-hour mark.

James Singleton made it 4-0 with a first time volley into the top corner before, after the break, David Fisher wrapped the scoring up with a rising finish over Sean O’Neill.

Dungannon Swifts climbed off the foot of the table with a decisive defeat of Newry City at Stangmore Park.

Matthew Lusty needed just six minutes to break the deadlock followed just before the half-hour mark by a Tomas Galvin effort after he reacted quickly to the loose ball to head home from point blank range.

Galvin doubled his tally soon after with a left-foot volley, but the visitors pulled one back just before the break when Adam Salley got the final touch to Daniel Hughes’ cross to the far post.

However Ethan Devine restored Dungannon’s three-goal cushion midway through the second half with a low drive into the bottom corner.

Meanwhile, at Mourneview Park, a goal at either end of the first half saw Glenavon defeat Loughgall.

Isaac Baird kicked the scoring off as early as the second minute when he was quickest to react after Villagers keeper Berraat Turker had fumbled a Niall Quinn corner.

Glenavon then doubled their advantage on 40 minutes after the ball came over from the right for Jack Malone to send a low, hard effort beyond Turker into the net.