Irish Premiership: Coleraine maintain six-point advantage
Irish Premiership pacesetters Coleraine won 3-1 away to Carrick Rangers to maintain their six-point lead at the top of the table.
Ciaron Harkin, Brad Lyons and Jamie McGonigle got the Bannsiders' goals.
Second-placed Crusaders stayed in front of Glenavon on goal difference as Jordan Forsythe scored the only goal of their match at home to Glentoran.
Ten-man Glenavon won 2-0 away to Ards, Linfield edged Dungannon Swifts 1-0 and Cliftonville beat Warrenpoint Town 3-1.
Ballymena United were made to fight all the way for a 2-1 home success over bottom-placed Ballinamallard United.
Harkin may have given Coleraine an early lead at Carrick, but all the headlines will go to Lyons whose goal put Coleraine 2-1 up in first-half stoppage time.
That came after Mark Edgar's free-kick equaliser for Rangers, with McGonigle getting Coleraine's third.
Last week Lyons returned to action just six weeks after sustaining serious facial injuries in a match against Linfield which resulted in him breaking both cheekbones and his nose, and having four plates and three screws inserted in his face.
The 20-year-old has been wearing a specially-made carbon fibre protective mask, which has led to him earning a few new nicknames.
"The Coleraine fans are calling me Zorro and I've had Bradman and Phantom of the Opera as well, but I don't mind a bit as the mask has helped me get back playing," said Lyons.
"Six weeks was tough, just sitting there, not being able to play, but I worked hard to keep fit.
"I got a goal and a couple of assists, so that is not bad."
Crusaders shaded a tight and sometimes fiery match against Glentoran thanks to a fine side-foot 53rd-minute finish by midfielder Forsythe.
But the Crues had Howard Beverland sent-off on 76 minutes when he got a second booking for trying to stop the Glens taking a quick free-kick.
Late goals by Adam Foley and Mark Sykes gave third-placed Glenavon a 2-0 win away to Ards.
Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton was ordered from the dug-out early on, and defender Andrew Doyle was sent-off before the break for a second yellow card offence.
Ards defender Johnny Taylor got a late red card as he took picked up a second booking.
Cliftonville made it six league wins in a row as Joe Gormley, Rory Donnelly and Jay Donnelly goals gave them a 3-1 success at Warrenpoint.
Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth's 67th-minute header was the only goal of the game against Dungannon Swifts at Windsor Park.
A Tony Kane penalty and Cathair Friel's 57th-minute strike was just about enough to see off bottom club Ballinamallard who gave themselves hope when Gary Armstrong netted 10 minutes from time.
|Danske Bank Irish Premiership|
|Ballymena United||2-1||Ballinamallard United|
|Bluefin Sport Championship|
|Ballyclare Comrades||2-1||Limavady United|