Irish League round-up: Glenavon signal title intent with Coleraine win
- Ballymena United 3 - 0 Newry City
- Coleraine 1-4 Glenavon
- Dungannon Swifts 0-2 Warrenpoint
Glenavon signalled their title intent with 4-1 win over Rodney McAree's Coleraine.
The Lurgan Blues sit four points clear of Linfield - who play Glentoran on Monday - on 25 points.
Stephen Murray left the Showgrounds with the match ball after hitting his second hat trick of the season for Gary Hamilton's side in a man-of-the-match performance.
It was Coleraine that took the lead with an Aaron Burns headed goal but goals from Rhys Marshall and Murray within a minute gave Glenavon a 2-1 lead at half time.
The result ended the Bannsiders remarkable 32-game unbeaten run in the league and continued McAree's wait for a first win for his side who face his former club Dungannon next.
Coleraine sit fifth in the league, 10 points behind the Mourneview Park pace-setters.
David Jeffrey's Ballymena United side made a welcome return to the Showgrounds with a 3-0 victory over Newry City.
Leroy Miller opened the scoring from a poor clearance on 12 minutes with Cathir Friel and Andy McGrory securing the win in the second half.
The win put the Sky Blues on 14 points in sixth and Newry 9th in the Premiership.
And at Stangmore Park Warrenpoint took the three points home with them and moved off the bottom of the table in a 2-0 win over Dungannon Swifts.
Ciaran O'Connor opened the scoring within three minutes and closed the game out in the final seven slotting home the rebound from his penalty kick. Dungannon defender David Armstong saw red for a foul in the box.
And for the home side Aaron McCarey saw his spot kick saved.
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