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Irish League Round Up: Five star Cliftonville smash Mallards while Murray double earns Warrenpoint win

Cliftonville are up to fourth in the Danske Bank Premiership after smashing five goals past basement side Ballianamallard United.

There was also a vital league victory for Warrenpoint Town, while Crusaders saw off Dundee United at Tannadice to reach the semi-finals of the Scottish Challenge Cup.

Cliftonville 5-0 Ballinamallard United

Two goals each from Joe Gormley and Daniel Hughes added to a Jay Donnelly strike to help the Reds leapfrog Linfield in the table.

They're now up to fourth, only two points behind second placed Glenavon, although they have played a game more than the Lurgan Blues and third-placed Crusaders.

Donnelly opened the scoring in only the third minute, slamming home Chris Curran's corner for his 12th of the season.

Gormley headed home a Rory Donnelly pass for the second and the striker took advantage of a defensive mishap to make it 3-0 at the break.

Substitute Hughes slotted home a quickfire double late on to secure a comfortable win for the hosts.

Carrick Rangers 0-2 Warrenpoint Town

Two late Stephen Murray goals helped Town leapfrog their hosts into 10th in the table.

At the end of a poor first half, Carrick's Aaron Smyth was dismissed for a poor tackle on Stephen Moan and after TJ Murray hit the bar, his namesake netted two goals in three minutes. Darren Murray saw a late penalty saved by Harry Doherty but that did little to marr only Town's third league win of the season.

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Warrenpoint's Stephen Murray celebrates his first goalat Taylors Avenue, Carrickfergus. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Dundee United 1-2 Crusaders

Crusaders are into the semi-finals of the Scottish Challenge Cup after this thrilling win at Tannadice.

Ballymena United 2-1 Linfield

Johnny McMurray struck the telling blow to condemn Linfield to their fourth defeat in six Premiership matches on Friday evening.

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