Irish League Round Up: Glentoran net in injury-time to beat Linfield in Boxing Day thriller
Glentoran left it late to beat Linfield in a dramatic Boxing Day of Irish League derbies
Glentoran 2-1 Linfield
Glentoran came from a goal down to earn dramatic Boxing Day derby delight at the Oval.
Cameron Stewart opened the scoring midway through the first half when Roy Carroll's long ball up the pitch fell to the young forward and he made no mistake in firing home what was only his second league goal of the season, his first in the 1-0 win over the Glens back in November.
That goal came after both sides were dealt injury blows. First Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew hobbled off and then Glentoran keeper Elliott Morris suffered a knock but had to struggle on with no goalkeeper on the bench.
Morris was smiling on 43 minutes when Curtis Allen was alert at the back post to fire home the leveller, getting on the end of a free-kick. That was Allen's first Oval goal since September 2.
And the joy erupted around the Oval in injury-time when Robbie McDaid's effort deflected in off Matthew Clarke to give the Glens a late lead.
There was time for Glentoran's Dylan Davidson to be dismissed and an even later sacre as Mark Haughey had the ball in the net for Linfield but that was ruled out and Glentoran get their first win over Linfield in 14 games at the Oval.
Crusaders 2-0 Cliftonville
A Gavin Whyte double kept Crusaders trucking in the title race with a Boxing Day win.
Whyte's 12th league goal opened the scoring as the winger finished from a tight angle to end a weaving run.
And he put the icing on the cake late on, leading the breakaway from a Reds penalty appeal to convert and put the game beyond doubt.
Coleraine 1-1 Ballymena United
Coleraine's lead at the top is down to four points after Kyle Owens denied the Bannsiders a Boxing Day win.
Jamie McGonigle got the opener when he got on the end of a long ball and ruthlessly blasted home with goalkeeper Ross Glendinning coming out to close him down.
By the hour-mark, the scores were level as Kyle Owens bundled home his third of the season.
Glenavon 1-0 Warrenpoint
Glenavon kept up their pace in the title chance thanks to Rhys Marshall's first half effort.
The goal came half an hour in. Rhys Marshall finished off after Andrew Mitchell's effort came across goal and that proved enough to win the game.
Ballinamallard 0-1 Dungannon Swifts
David Armstrong netted on 80 minutes to condemn Ballinamallard to a ninth defeat in 10 games.
He nodded home Peter McMahon assist after Ryan Curran had missed the out-of-luck Mallards' best chance of the game.
Ards 1-0 Carrick Rangers
Scott Davidson's first half strike proved enough to win this bottom half clash.
The goal arrived when he seized on indecision in the Carrick back line to slot home under Harry Doherty.
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