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Irish League Round Up: McDaid hat-trick for goal-hungry Glentoran while Linfield lose to Glenavon

Robbie McDaid netted his first senior hat-trick.
Robbie McDaid netted his first senior hat-trick.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Ronnie McFall made it two wins from two in his second stint as Glentoran manager while Glenavon beat Linfield at Windsor Park. There were also wins for Carrick and Ards. Here's all you need to know about tonight's games:

Glentoran 5-0 Warrenpoint Town

The Glens romped to their second successive victory in convincing fashion, helped by a hat-trick from Robbie McDaid.

Curtis Allen netted two - both his first half efforts were tap-ins, the first from an unselfish Peter McMahon pass and the second from a blocked McMahon shot.

In between, strike partner McDaid lashed an unstoppable effort in off the bar from a narrow angle.

His second was just as stylish, a neat lob in off the bar. And the former Leeds striker would go on to clinch a late hat-trick to help the Glens score five for the first time since January 2017.

Glentoran are now eight points clear of Ballymena in the race for sixth spot.

Linfield 0-1 Glenavon

Linfield have now picked up just one point from their last four Premiership games at Windsor Park.

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Glenavon are now six points clear of fourth placed Linfield with a game in hand after their second win at Windsor this year.

The Lurgan Blues opened the scores on 21 minutes through a piece of brilliance from Josh Daniels, whose neat jink on the edge of the area worked space for the winger to find the bottom corner.

It was 2-0 and the points were safe when Marc Griffin's shot deflected past goalkeeper Gareth Deane.

Carrick Rangers 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Carrick moved seven clear of bottom side Ballinamallard with this narrow win over the League Cup champions.

Julien Anau finished Darren Henderson's cross just two minutes in for what proved the winner. Daniel Hughes and David Armstrong both hit the bar for the Swifts.

Ards 1-0 Ballymena United

Reece Glendinning headed the only goal of this one past his brother Ross in the Ards goal to draw the hosts within five points of their visitors in the table.

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