Irish Premiership: Coleraine maintain six-point advantage

Brad Lyons scored simply seven weeks after sustaining severe facial accidents

Irish Premiership pacesetters Coleraine received Three-1 away to Carrick Rangers to maintain their six-point lead on the prime of the desk.

Ciaron Harkin, Brad Lyons and Jamie McGonigle obtained the Bannsiders’ targets.

Second-placed Crusaders stayed in entrance of Glenavon on purpose distinction as Jordan Forsythe scored the one purpose of their match at house to Glentoran.

Ten-man Glenavon received 2-Zero away to Ards, Linfield edged Dungannon Swifts 1-Zero and Cliftonville beat Warrenpoint Town Three-1.

Ballymena United have been made to combat all the best way for a 2-1 house success over bottom-placed Ballinamallard United.

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Harkin might have given Coleraine an early lead at Carrick, however all of the headlines will go to Lyons whose purpose put Coleraine 2-1 up in first-half stoppage time.

That got here after Mark Edgar’s free-kick equaliser for Rangers, with McGonigle getting Coleraine’s third.

Crusaders defender Howard Beverland was sent-off within the 1-Zero win over Glentoran

Last week Lyons returned to motion simply six weeks after sustaining severe facial accidents in a match in opposition to Linfield which resulted in him breaking each cheekbones and his nostril, and having 4 plates and three screws inserted in his face.

The 20-year-old has been sporting a specially-made carbon fibre protecting masks, which has led to him incomes a couple of 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,” mentioned Lyons.

“Six weeks was powerful, simply sitting there, not having the ability to play, however I labored laborious to maintain match.

“I obtained a purpose and a few assists, so that isn’t unhealthy.”

Crusaders shaded a good and typically fiery match in opposition to Glentoran because of a nice side-foot 53rd-minute end by midfielder Forsythe.

Andrew Waterworth’s 67th-minute purpose gave Linfield victory over Dungannon Swifts

But the Crues had Howard Beverland sent-off on 76 minutes when he obtained a second reserving for attempting to cease the Glens taking a fast free-kick.

Late targets by Adam Foley and Mark Sykes gave third-placed Glenavon a 2-Zero win away to Ards.

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton was ordered from the dug-out early on, and defender Andrew Doyle was sent-off earlier than the break for a second yellow card offence.

Ards defender Johnny Taylor obtained a late pink card as he took picked up a second reserving.

Cliftonville made it six league wins in a row as Joe Gormley, Rory Donnelly and Jay Donnelly targets gave them a Three-1 success at Warrenpoint.

Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth’s 67th-minute header was the one purpose of the sport in opposition to Dungannon Swifts at Windsor Park.

A Tony Kane penalty and Cathair Friel’s 57th-minute strike was nearly sufficient to see off backside membership Ballinamallard who gave themselves hope when Gary Armstrong netted 10 minutes from time.

Danske Bank Irish Premiership
Ards Zero-2 Glenavon
Ballymena United 2-1 Ballinamallard United
Carrick Rangers 1-Three Coleraine
Crusaders 1-Zero Glentoran
Linfield 1-Zero Dungannon Swifts
Warrenpoint Town 1-Three Cliftonville
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Lurgan Celtic 1-1 Portadown
PSNI 1-1 H&W Welders
Ballyclare Comrades 2-1 Limavady United
Dergview 2-2 Newry City

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