Belfast Telegraph

It's Blues control

Glentoran and Crusaders secured their top-six places yesterday as Linfield kept their four-point lead at the top.

The Blues and Cliftonville were the only sides guaranteed top-half status prior to yesterday's action and, following respective wins over Ballymena United and Dungannon Swifts, continue to occupy the first and second spots in the table.

The Glens' 3-0 win at Newry City means they are now assured a top-six place and the same goes for Crusaders after their 2-2 draw with Lisburn Distillery, though Stephen Baxter's men will be disappointed not to have claimed victory having led the basement side 2-0 at one stage.

The Whites have now narrowed the gap on second-bottom Institute to a mere two points after the Drumahoe side snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when Glenavon netted two dramatic injury-time goals to seal a 2-1 win at The Riverside Stadium.

Only two top-six places remain up for grabs and, with time running out before the split, the heat is on for Coleraine, Portadown and Dungannon to make the grade.

For reports, reaction, analysis and pictures from the weekend's Carling Premiership action, see this week's Sunday Life.

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