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Irish League Round Up: Murray net double on Crusaders debut while Callacher scores Linfield brace and Glentoran edge nine man Mallards

The Danske Bank Premiership leaders got back to winning ways with a routine 3-0 victory over struggling Carrick Rangers.

Meanwhile, Linfield edged Warrenpoint Town and Glentoran had to battle to beat nine-man Ballinamallard. Crusaders are now three points clear at the top of the table, Linfield leapfrog Cliftonville into fourth and Glentoran move to within a point of sixth-placed Ballymena.

Here's all you need to know about Tuesday evening's games:

Carrick Rangers 0-3 Crusaders

Darren Murray netted twice as Crusaders won the 10th game of their last 11 league outings.

Murray opened the scoring just nine minutes into his club debut. Philip Lowry's pass came off Carrick's Ralph Kottoy and fell for the ruthless Murray to pounce.

Lowry was again involved on 61 when his effort was saved by Harry Doherty, only for that man Murray to convert his 12th Premiership goal of the season on the rebound.

Lowry got the goal his own efforts deserved when he fired home his sixth of the season to complete the rout and ensure Crusaders bounced back from their League Cup and Irish Cup exits.

Warrenpoint Town 1-3 Linfield

Jimmy Callacher netted his first goals in almost 10 months as he led Linfield to their first win in four league games.

The former Glentoran man last scored against Ballymena in April but by the time he netted this evening, the Blues were one down.

Alan Davidson opened the scoring 19 minutes in but just four minutes later, Callacher powered home a header from Kirk Millar's corner.

Andrew Waterworth hit the bar before Callacher found a relieving second, heading Linfield ahead on 75 minutes.

And the win was complete when his defensive partner Mark Haughey headed home another troublesome Millar corner.

Glentoran 2-1 Ballinamallard United

Basement Ballinamallard led 1-0 before they were reduced to ten men, allowing Glentoran to seal a comeback win at the Oval.

Sean Noble opened the scoring on 34 after Jonathan Leddy's effort was saved. But before the break, star keeper Richard Brush was dismissed for fouling Curtis Allen outside the area.

The lack of a keeper on the bench left James McKenna to go between the sticks. That proved crucial when Willie Garrett headed Glentoran level with an effort Brush would have expected to save.

Allen poked home the winner before the Mallards' misery was complete as David Kee was shown a second yellow card, the visitors finishing the game with nine men on the pitch.

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