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Irish League Round Up: Glentoran win on Ronnie McFall's return and it's as you were at the top

By Gareth Hanna

It's as you were in the Danske Bank Premiership with all of the top four earning three points.

Here's all you need to know about today's games:

Crusaders 3-1 Ballymena United

Crusaders scored three goals for the 23rd time in 45 games this season for a routine win.

Jamie Glackin opened the scoring 18 minutes in with his fifth of the season. He latched onto a Philip Lowry pass and finished well, even if the visitors did suspect he had strayed offside.

Jordan Owens made it two when he headed home a BJ Burns cross.

The scorers of the first two combined for the third, Owens heading in Glackin's pass.

Ballymena defender Kofi Balmer smashed a late consolation into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Coleraine 1-0 Warrenpoint Town

Coleraine dominated but only opened the scoring on the hour-mark in spectacular fashion. Josh Carson's corner kick floated over goalkeeper Jonathan Parr and into the top corner.

Carrick Rangers 1-2 Glenavon

This one exploded into life soon after the break. Carrick's Darren Henderson, a January signing from Portadown, opened the scoring after getting on the end of a long ball from goalkeeper Harry Doherty.

But Genavon were level just a few minutes later, Rhys Marshall heading in Bobby Burns' corner. Their cause wasn't helped soon after when Joel Cooper was sent off for a second yellow.

They didn't let that hold them back, Andy McGrory putting the visitors ahead from the spot after Andrew Mitchell had been brought down.

Ards 0-3 Linfield

Achille Campion gave the Blues the lead when he fired home the rebound after Niall Quinn's shot across goal had been palmed out by Sam Johnston.

It was game, set and match within ten minutes of half-time. Andy Waterworth doubled the scores from a penalty that he had won himself and soon after Stephen Lowry made it three, curling an effort in off the post.

Glentoran 1-0 Cliftonville

Curtis Allen, two days after his 30th birthday, saw a first half penalty saved by Brian Neeson, who had conceded the spot-kick by fouling the striker.

Nonetheless, Allen made amends just after hour-mark, nodding in after Willie Garrett's goalbound effort had been scooped off the line.

The Reds had their own chances, Rory Donnelly hitting the post four minutes in and Jay Donelly fluffing a near-post effort shortly before Allen's header.

Dungannon Swifts 2-0 Ballinamallard United

It took the League Cup champions 71 minutes to open the scoring but goals from Paul McElroy and Chris Hegarty earned all three points.

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