Irish Premiership: Coleraine's lead down to four points

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Ballymena fight back to deny Bannsiders derby victory

Irish Premiership leaders Coleraine saw their advantage at the top reduced to four points as a result of being held to a 1-1 draw by Ballymena United.

Second-placed Crusaders were 2-0 winners over Cliftonville thanks to two goals by midfielder Gavin Whyte.

Linfield's title defence suffered another blow as they suffered a late 2-1 defeat away to Glentoran.

Glenavon consolidated third place by beating Warrenpoint while Ards and Dungannon also recorded victories.

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Scott Davidson scored the goal which gave Ards a 1-0 home success over Carrick Rangers.

Bottom club Ballinamallard remain five points behind Carrick as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Dungannon whose goal was scored in the 80th minute by David Armstrong.

Coleraine remain the only team unbeaten at home in the Premiership but Oran Kearney's men will feel they let two points slip after taking a first-half lead through Jamie McGonigle's cool finish.

Linfield lost 2-1 at the Oval as Glentoran scored the winner in stoppage-time
Linfield lost 2-1 at the Oval as Glentoran scored the winner in stoppage-time

Ballymena never gave up and equalised when a Kyle Owens header was deflected in by home defender Aaron Traynor.

At Seaview, Whyte cut in from the right wing to score from a tight angle, the shot taking a deflection past Brian Neeson in the Cliftonville goal.

Whyte broke away for a late second as Cliftonville pressed for an equaliser.

Linfield's late defeat away to Glentoran means David Healy's champions have lost five of their 10 away league matches this season.

Cameron Stewart shot Linfield into the lead but Allen pounced to equalise just before half-time.

The game was well into stoppage-time when Linfield defender Matthew Clarke deflected Robbie McDaid's shot in for an own goal which put Glentoran 2-1 up.

But the drama did not end there as the Glens had Dylan Davidson sent off for a second yellow and Linfield's Mark Haughey saw a last-gasp effort disallowed for offside.

Rhys Marshall got the goal which gave Glenavon a 1-0 home win over Warrenpoint Town.

Danske Bank Irish Premiership
Ards1-0Carrick Rangers
Ballinamallard Utd0-1Dungannon Swifts
Coleraine1-1Ballymena Utd
Crusaders2-0Cliftonville
Glenavon1-0Warrenpoint Town
Glentoran2-1Linfield

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