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Magic Mac: James McLaughlin helps Coleraine shoot down Glenavon last night while

Magic Mac: James McLaughlin helps Coleraine shoot down Glenavon last night while

Magic Mac: James McLaughlin helps Coleraine shoot down Glenavon last night while

Coleraine kept the Danske Bank Premiership title heat on Linfield last night with another big win while the north Belfast derby at Seaview finished scoreless.

The Bannsiders are now four points behind the champions, having played the same number of games, after their 2-1 victory at home to Glenavon.

Goals from Stewart Nixon and James McLaughlin had Oran Kearney's men in the driving seat at half-time but Conor McClosey's 20-yard free-kick set up a tense finish.

Irish Cup semi-finalists Coleraine, however, held on to bag maximum points as they pursue a special treble.

At Seaview, Crusaders who lost the League Cup final to Coleraine, suffered a 4-0 league loss at Linfield and were then dumped out of the Irish Cup by Glentoran, were held 0-0 by Cliftonville.

Crues defender Chris Hegarty's volley was saved by Richard Brush while Joe Gormley missed a good chance after the break.

Hegarty then headed wide from Paul Heatley's free-kick late on.

Dungannon Swifts edged out Ballymena United 1-0 at Stangmore Park with skipper Douglas Wilson netting the winner on 23 minutes.

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