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Irish League Round Up: Linfield and Warrenpoint edge to narrow victories

Linfield are Warrenpoint Town earned significant victories in Saturday's two Danske Bank Premiership matches.

Meanwhile, Ballymena United take on Dungannon Swifts in the BetMcLean League Cup final. Keep up to date with it right here:

Cliftonville 1-2 Linfield

Linfield took all three points from their trip to Solitude.

The visitors took the lead shortly before the break as Jimmy Callacher ghosted in unmarked to nod home Kirk Millar's corner. Cliftonville had a couple of penalty appeals waved away when Jay Donnelly went down and Ruairi Harkin's shot was blocked with what the Reds felt was a hand.

Insult was added to injury when the Blues netted a second. Achille Campion and Tomas Cosgrove were both battling and a combination of the two forced Niall Quinn's delivery over the line.

Cliftonville did restore hope when Jay Donnelly's shot found its way past Gareth Deane but the hosts couldn't find an equaliser.

Carrick Rangers 1-2 Warrenpoint Town

Warrenpoint are now seven points clear of second-bottom Carrick Rangers after a crucial victory.

Early goals from Seanna Foster and Conor McMenamin had Town in the driving seat but they didn't have it easy as Paddy McNally halved the deficit on the half-hour mark.

Ballinamallard United 2-5 Coleraine

A dominant second-half performance from Coleraine saw them close to within two points of Danske Bank Premiership leaders Crusaders as they secured victory over Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park last night.

The sides shared four goals in the first half with Ryan Curran converting two penalties for the bottom-placed Mallards while Josh Carson and Darren McCauley were on target for Oran Kearney's Bannsiders.

READ MORE: Bannsiders click up the gears to cut gap at top

Glentoran 1-2 Ards

Glentoran boss Gary Haveron insists he has no intention of walking away after another Oval horror show by his boys.

The east Belfast side fell to a shock 2-1 defeat by Ards, which prompted angry fans to stage a protest at the finish, calling for the Board of Directors to be sacked.

READ MORE: I'm determined to bring Glentoran back to the top: Haveron defiant as fans protest

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