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Irish League Round Up: Warrenpoint's thrilling comeback snatches first points of the season while Coleraine go second

Warrenpoint's Lorcan Forde.
Warrenpoint's Lorcan Forde.

Coleraine managed to keep their good form going on Saturday afternoon to stay five points behind early pace-setters Crusaders and it was just as big an afternoon at the other end of the table.

Basement side Warrenpoint Town claimed their first points of the season in stunning style while Institute earned a point at home to Ballymena United.

Here's all you need to know about the day's matches:

Carrick 1-4 Coleraine

Eoin Bradley gave the Bannsiders the early advantage but it wasn't to last as Carrick defender Caolan Loughran struck from the spot. Gareth McConaghie had fouled Stewart Nixon, allowing the former Ballymena centre-half to slot home his second Premier League goal of the season.

He found the net again on the stroke of half-time, this time when Nedas Maciulaitis's strike inadvertently came off Loughran and went into his own net.

Oran Kearney's men didn't look back from there and ran away with the points in the second half. First Aaron Jarvis converted Ben Doherty's corner then Aaron Traynor completed the scoring after Doherty's effort was saved.

Warrenpoint Town 4-3 Dungannon Swifts

Warrenpoint more than doubled their goal tally for the league season during a frenetic second half at Milltown, securing their first points of the season in stunning style.

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Kris Lindsay's side were on the way to the win after Oisin Smyth's 30 yard screamer and Michael Carvill's effort put the visitors two up.

However, Warrenpoint and Alan O'Sullivan came out fighting. First the striker won a free-kick that Conall Young curled home and then O'Sullivan bagged his first of the day, finding the bottom corner after Ciaran O'Connor's cross was flicked on by Emmet Bennett.

O'Sullivan had his second from the spot soon after, Bennett again involved when he won the penalty, fouled by Ally Teggart.

Dungannon looked to have earned a point as Carvill slid home the leveller but it wasn't to be, Lorcan Forde netting a late, late winner to lift Point within two points of Institute.

Institute 1-1 Ballymena United

Institute are two points clear of Warrenpoint aftering earning only a third positive result of the league season.

Stute were ahead at half-time, teenager Aaron McGurk beating Ross Glendinning.

It would have been only a second league win of the season had they held on but it wasn't to be, Jonny Addis heading home Stephen McCullough's corner.

Ballymena draw level on points with fourth place Larne.

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