Irish Premiership: Ballymena three points behind leaders Linfield
Second-placed Ballymena United reduced Linfield's lead at the top of the Irish Premiership to three points by seeing off struggling Ards 4-1 on Saturday.
Title holders Crusaders, in third, are six points behind the leaders after a 3-1 win away to Institute.
Resurgent Dungannon made it three league wins from four with a 2-1 victory at Coleraine while Warrenpoint were 2-0 winners away to Newry City.
Cliftonville, under temporary manager Michael Press, drew 1-1 with Glenavon.
Adam Lecky netted two in Ballymena's comfortable home win over bottom club Ards with the others coming from Cathair Friel and a Michael Kerr own goal.
Darren Henderson's header for Ards just before half-time had pegged it back to 2-1 at half-time, but David Jeffrey's side asserted their supremacy after the interval.
At the Brandywell, champions Crusaders had victory all but assured by half-time.
Paul Heatley netted a left-foot shot on 13 minutes for his 21st goal of the season, Rory Patterson added number two four minutes before the break and Ronan Hale followed up to net the Crues' third with a close-range header.
Institute skipper Michael McCrudden, who many expect to move before the transfer window closes, pulled on back with a 73rd-minute solo effort.
Cliftonville, playing their first mach since the departure of manager Barry Gray, made a great start with Ryan Curran blasting in a fifth-minute opener at home to fourth-placed Glenavon.
But Stephen Murray equalised and it took a string of fine saves by home keeper Richard Brush to earn the home point for the Reds who stay sixth.
Dungannon moved 11 points clear of the relegation play-off place by winning for the third time in their last four Premiership matches.
Oisin Smyth provided the pass for Paul McElroy to put Dungannon ahead but Jamie Glackin quickly equalised for the Bannsiders from Jamie McGonigle's pass.
Eighteen-year-old Smyth got Dungannon's second in the 48th minute and that was enough to end Coleraine's seven-match unbeaten run.
It means Newry's 2-0 home defeat by neighbours Warrenpoint leaves them well adrift in the one-from-bottom position.
Lee Duffy (22) and Alan O'Sullivan (35) were on target again for Stephen McDonnell's side who are now eighth and just one point behind Institute.
|Danske Bank Irish Premiership|
|Newry City||0-2||Warrenpoint Town|
|Bluefin Sport Championship|
|H&W Welders||2-1||Ballinamallard United|