Last weekend in the Danske Bank Premier League we saw a few unexpected upsets with Ards holding Coleraine to a nil all draw and Warrenpoint beat Cliftonville in the dying minutes of stoppage time.
Ards 0 – 0 Coleraine
Coleraine travelled to Ards and played their first game without manager Oran Kearney who departed for St. Mirrens last week. Ards went out all guns blazing and had the best opportunities from the off including Chris Johns save from a David McAllister shot and Callum Byers was also denied after he swung a shot from Kym Nelson’s free-kick. Coleraine had two chances just before the break but were very unlucky. The game ended in nil all draw. Rodney McAree will take over the reigns at Coleraine this weekend and is in a good position to make a positive impact from the get go.
Crusaders 1 – 0 Newry City
Crusaders hosted Newry City at Seaview on Saturday and Paul Heatley bagged the only goal of the game in the 58th minute to give Crusaders 3 points. Crusaders had their chances in the first half, Heatley was denied by Coleman after Rory Patterson flicked a header his way. Cru’s Coates had a chance from a corner but narrowly sent it wide. Sean O’ Neill made a great save for Cru’s when Jimmy Walker took a free kick. Heatley’s goal came from a hesitant Newry defence which give Heatley just enough time to nip the ball past Coleman. Cru’s then had Cushley’s goal disallowed after the referee spotted an infringement. Newry didn’t roll over, they kept working but couldn’t penetrate Cru’s defence.
Institute 1 – 4 Glenavon
Glenavon had a stormer of a game at the Brandywell on Saturday. Andy Hall put the visitors ahead after ten minutes from a cross by Josh Daniels. Murray doubled the Blues lead just eleven minutes later when he sent the ball into left corner past Gallagher. Glenavon nearly scored for third time thirty minutes in when Hall struck a strong low shot which Gallagher managed to gather on the second attempt. Tuffey made a great save for Glenavon when McCrudden sent a strong shot his way. But Glenavon were unstoppable, Murray scored from 30 yards out, putting them ahead three goals by the 38th minute. Institute were handed a lifeline when Darren Henderson sent one past Tuffey. The second half saw some good opportunities for both sides, but Murray put the final nail in the coffin, scoring a hattrick with just nine minutes left of normal time.
Linfield 3 – 0 Dungannon Swifts
Linfield’s convincing home win over Dungannon last Saturday helped them go four points clear at the top of Danske Bank Premiership. Their opponents the Swifts have yet to win a game this season and with their manager Rodney McAree’s departure this week to Coleraine, it’s made or break time for Dungannon. Linfield opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Cooper’s shot deflected off Clucas to go past Addis. Just three minutes later Cooper doubled the score when Dungannon’s defence failed to clear a flick by Daniel Kearns. Dungannon responded straight away with a great shot from Paul McElroy but unfortunately for him it was cleared. Linfield could have increased their lead when Cooper nearly scored a hattrick but narrowly fell short and Waterworth’s header just looped over the bar. This didn’t stop Waterworth’s effort and he tapped the ball in with just seven minutes ago to give Linfield their third goal and three points.
Warrenpoint Town 2 – 1 Cliftonville
It was a relatively quiet first half with little drama or excitement, it took Cliftonville’s Joe Gormley 72nd minute goal to break the deadlock. However, the home side weren’t going down without a fight. Reilly levelled the score with a header from a free kick in the 94th minute. Warrenpoint won possession from the restart and O’Sullivan ran with the ball inside the area and slammed the ball into the far corner past Neeson. Warrenpoint earned their first win of the season and put three points on the board.