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Danske Bank Premiership: Crusaders hold on to top spot while Linfield fall to Portadown

Crusaders triumph over Dungannon while Linfield fall to Portadown

Crusaders strengthened their grip on the Gibson Cup by going NINE points clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.

Stephen Baxter's side won 2-1 at Dungannon Swifts while closest challengers Linfield stumbled at home to basement side Portadown.

The Ports secured a 1-1 draw and the home side's woes deepened when manager David Healy was sent off.

First half goals from Paul Heatley and Colin Coates were enough to send the Crues on their way to another big win but the Blues needed a late equaliser from Josh Carson to snatch a point after Adam Foley's opener.

Crusaders winger Michael Carvill said: “Nobody at this club will be thinking it's all over with nine games to play.

“We put in a solid first half performance and showed character to see the game out after Dungannon pulled one back.

“The back five are the foundation and in the final third we have plenty of dangerous players who can score goals.”

Cliftonville and Glentoran played out a 1-1 draw at Solitude in front of Sky Sports cameras while Glenavon swept aside Ballinamallard United 3-0 at Mourneview Park.

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