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Irish League Round Up: Linfield back on top after win on Brandywell return

Andy Waterworth
Andy Waterworth

Linfield returned to the top of the Irish Premiership on Saturday after an emphatic victory over Institute in the early kickoff.

The Blues returned to the Brandywell for the first time in nearly 50 years and the game passed off without incident.

Institute opened the scoring through talisman Michael McCrudden before Niall Quinn equalised before half-time.

They took the lead with a disputed goal from Andrew Waterworth before Kirk Millar grabbed a third.

Waterworth completed the rout in the 86th minute giving his side a 4-1 win.

Crusaders are up to fourth after defeating Glenavon 3-0 at Seaview.

Paul Heatley opened the scoring before Jordan Owens added two to secure victory.

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Ballymena United remain third after a 2-1 victory over Cliftonville at the Showgrounds.

Cathair Friel and Steven McCullough gave Ballymena the lead before Conor McDonald grabbed a consolation for Cliftonville.

Coleraine followed up their win over Linfield with a home draw against Glentoran.

Robbie McDaid opened the scoring for the Glens in the 25th minute before Darren McCauley equalised in the second half.

In the battle of the bottom two Newry City grabbed a 2-0 win over relegation rivals Ards.

Mark Hughes opened the scoring at the Showgrounds in the 75th minute before John Boyle added a second straight after in the 77th minute.

Warrenpoint FC and Dungannon Swifts drew 1-1 at Milltown.

John Lafferty opened the scoring for Dungannon before Alan O'Sullivan grabbed an equaliser for Warrenpoint.

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