- Larne leaves it late to claim the win and stay top
- Linfield gets back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Cliftonville
- Carrick are now rock bottom after a defeat at the hands of the impressive Warrenpoint
Larne 2-1 Glenavon
Glenavon gave this a good go but just came up short against the league’s in-form team. Nine games in – nine games undefeated. But on Saturday they had to work hard for the result. Larne were always in control, just like they are with all the games they play – but they had to come from a goal down in this encounter – Glenavon had taken the lead through a Michael O’Connor free-kick. But the style of football this Larne team plays just wears teams down.
Ronan Hale got the Larne equaliser and then it was striker Jonny McMurray’s strike in the last minute of the game that sealed the three points for the Inver Reds. Glenavon will take heart from this performance – not many teams will go to Inver Park this season and make Larne work hard for the win.
Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville
Linfield needed a performance after last week’s surprise defeat away to Warrenpoint Town and they duly delivered one. Goals from Shayne Lavery and Kirk Millar secured the win for the South Belfast outfit. This win keeps them only one point behind Larne, but next up will be the live encounter between Larne and the Blues. If you are a supporter of the league, get yourself online and watch this one on the BBC website next Friday evening.
There might be other news that could be of interest for the Blues fans: Joel Cooper has been made available to Irish League clubs on loan. Will the Blues come in for him? Well, there are only a few teams that are running full-time to a degree and that have a few pounds to get him. Maybe Larne will make a move. This will be an interesting transfer to watch.
Crusaders 2-0 Glentoran
The Crues manager made the changes required to get this win after the defeat against Glenavon last weekend. Five in all and the one that was not a shock was the omission of Rory Hale. Hale seems to be the scapegoat every time this Crues team does not display. But in all fairness, the changes worked and the Crues got the win they needed against the big-spending Glens.
The Glens looked flat. For me, the best player for them was Luke McCullough. He was commanding at the back, but the downside was his distribution. Too many times when he won the ball, he hit it long, only to give the possession away. Robbie McDaid, who is the curse of the Crues – had an off day. All in all, there’s work still to be done for Mick McDermott, but seven games played to date and they sit in tenth – this is not good enough for the team that has invested the money they have in playing staff.
The Crues sealed the win through a goal by Jordon Forsythe from the penalty spot. Then Ross Clarke got a wonderful individual second. The Crues need to get their consistency back, it’s one week on and the next off at the minute, and we as fans need more.
Dungannon Swifts 2-0 Coleraine
Dungannon Swifts moved above Coleraine into eighth after this encounter on Friday evening. This result makes it five games since the Bannsiders have last claimed a win. What has gone wrong there? Has Oran Kearney been getting the full support of the board? Let’s face it, the Swifts have only won two games this season, and this should have been a game the Bannsiders won.
Goals from Michael Carvill and a second for Rhyss Campbell secured the win. The Bannsiders had their chances in this game, but they just were not good enough. Overall, a good win for Kris Lindsey and his men.
Carrick Rangers 1-3 Warrenpoint Town
Warrenpoint kicked on from their impressive win against Linfield last week and duly followed it up with another impressive win. This defeat puts Carrick to the bottom of the pile. Not the place to be and they will be finding it hard to get out of that area.
Goals from Alan Sullivan, Ryan Swann, and Keelan Dillion gave Point a 3-0 win. Rangers managed to get a late consolidation through Lloyd Anderson.
Portadown 0-0 Ballymena United
The less said about this one the better.
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