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Irish League: Three Premiership games postponed as weather takes toll on fixture list

Cliftonville and Crusaders both made up ground on Premiership's top teams on a weather-hit afternoon of Irish League action.

Three games failed to survive Storm Deirdre; Ballymena against Institute, Newry City's match against Linfield and Glentoran's game against Warrenpoint Town.

While third-placed Glenavon crushed Coleraine on Friday evening, the north Belfast duo won Saturday's surviving fixtures:

Crusaders 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Crusaders bounced back from their midweek League Cup semi-final defeat with a narrow victory over Dungannon Swifts at Seaview.

It was a ninth minute goal that earned victory as Jordan Forsythe headed in David Cushley's corner.

Ards 1-3 Cliftonville

Rory Donnelly and Joe Gormley continued their purple patch to help Cliftonville to victory over basement side Ards.

Donnelly's fifth goal in three matches opened the scores early on, heading in strike partner Gormley's cross.

The deadly duo combined again a few minutes later, this time Donnelly squaring for Gormley to net at the second attempt - his fourth in four.

The pair didn't have things all their own way in a lively start to the game. Before the quick double-salvo, Gormley had seen a penalty saved and just when things all looked to be going right, Donnelly put the ball past his own goalkeeper from an Ards corner for 2-1.

They need not have worried too much, Levi Ives' cross going into the net.

Glenavon 4-0 Coleraine

On Friday evening, Andrew Mitchell scored twice as Glenavon climbed to within three points of league leaders Ballymena United.

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