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Irish League Round Up: Coleraine cut the gap at the top after Crusaders' derby defeat

Coleraine cut the gap at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership after Cliftonville defeated leaders Crusaders in the north Belfast derby.

Here are all the details from today's matches:

Cliftonville 3-1 Crusaders

Crusaders lost their five point gap after a disappointing first half.

Joe Gormley and Rory Donnelly netted a quickfire double before a Gormley penalty had the Reds three clear by the break. Jordan Owens netted a late consolation for the league leaders.

Ballymena United 0-2 Coleraine

Coleraine closed the gap at the top with a routine derby victory.

Eoin Bradley lashed home from close range to open the scores and it was 2-0 around the hour-mark when Darren McCauley fired low into the net from the edge of the area.

Glenavon 2-2 Glentoran

Glenavon scored in the second and last minutes to earn a draw at Mourneview Park.

Mark Sykes opened the scores just 90 seconds in, finding the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Glentoran turned the game on its head in a three-minute second-half double-salvo. Curtis Allen nodded in his 10th in eight games shortly before crossing substitute John McGuigan to put the visitors ahead.

But Glenavon brought on subs of their own and two combined for a late equaliser, former Glen Eric Foley crossing for Mark Griffin to head home.

Linfield 2-0 Carrick Rangers

It took 65 minutes for Linfield to open the scores. Mark Stafford was the man to do it with a bulleted header just six minutes before Jamie Mulgrew curled in the second.

Ballinamallard United 0-4 Ards

A Ross Clarke hat-trick helped Ards to a big win in Fermanagh.

By the time the half-time whistle sounded, Clarke had two goals and an assist to his name. He put the visitors 2-0 up early doors then provided the corner for Callum Byers to head home the third.

Clarke bagged his hat-trick on 75 after Ryan O'Reilly picked up a second yellow, Clarke scoring from the resulting free-kick.

Warrenpoint Town P-P Dungannon Swifts

Match postponed for waterlogged pitch.

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