Crues win to close close gap on Reds

Published Saturday, 24 November 2012
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Crusaders narrowed Cliftonville's lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership to four points with a resounding 5-2 win over Donegal Celtic at Suffolk Road on Saturday.

Crues win to close close gap on Reds
Timmy Adamson scored a hat-trick against Donegal Celtic. (© Pacemaker)

Timmy Adamson scored a hat-trick as the Crues capitalised on the fact that the table-topping Reds are not in action until Monday night, when they face struggling Lisburn Distillery.

Paul Heatley opened the scoring for the visitors in the 13th minute, but Sean Cleary's long-range effort put DC back on terms two minutes before the break.

Adamson netted his first with a back post header soon after the restart, and Gareth McKeown made it 3-1 with a fine 30-yard volley in the 58th minute.

Adamson headed the Crues further in front in the 73rd minute and completed his hat-trick with another headed effort five minutes later.

Peter McCann netted late on, but it was scant consolation for the hosts, who return to the bottom of the league table.

Ballinamallard meanwhile stay third after edging their contest wirth Glenavon at Mourneview Park.

David Kee scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute, firing a curling right-footed effort past Lurgan Blues keeper Andy Coleman.

Elsewhere Coleraine remain in fourth place in the table after a 1-0 win at home to Glentoran.

Shane Jennings found the net for the hosts in the eighth minute, netting on the rebound for his first goal of the season after his initial effort had struck the post.

In the game at Windsor Park Linfield got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Ballymena United.

Nathan Hanley scored the opener after excellent work from Michael Gault, who evaded a number of challenges before getting crossing for Hanley to finish.

Gary Browne made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Daryl Fordyce was fouled by Gary Thompson in the 44th minute, before a fine strike from Aaron Stewart gave the visitors hope 11 minutes from time.

However, the Sky Blues couldn't find another goal, giving the Blues the win - and a psychological boost ahead of the sides next meeting in the County Antrim Shield final on Tuesday night.

Finally Portadown played out a 1-1 draw with Dungannon Swifts at Shamrock Park, a result that sees the Ports remain in eighth position, while Dungannon move up to ninth.

Josh Cahoon put the visitors in front with a fine finish past David Miskelly in the 16th minute, but Darren Murray equalised from the penalty spot eight minutes later after Niall Morgan had brought down Ross Redman.


Danske Bank Premiership results:

Coleraine 1-0 Glentoran
Coleraine: Jennings 8

Donegal Celtic 2-5 Crusaders
Donegal Celtic: Cleary 43, McCann 87
Crusaders: Heatley 13, Adamson 56, 73,78; McKeown 58

Glenavon 0-1 Ballinamallard 1
Ballinamallard: Kee 65

Linfield 2-1 Ballymena Utd
Linfield: Hanley 26, Browne pen 44
Ballymena Utd: Stewart 79

Portadown 1-1 Dungannon Swifts
Portadown: Murray pen 24
Dungannon Swifts: Cahoon 16

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