Linfield stay on top after away win

Published Saturday, 26 October 2013
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Linfield remain top of the Danske Bank Premiership after a 4-1 win over Ballymena United at the Showgrounds on Saturday.

Linfield stay on top after away win
David Jeffrey celebrates with goal scorer Aaron Burns. (© Pacemaker)

Ballymena were looking to build on last weekend's 3-2 away victory over Dungannon Swifts, but found a Linfield side in dominant form.

Matthew Tipton gave the Blues the lead in the fourth minute. Andy Waterworth made it two just before the half-time interval.

The Sky Blues pulled one back just after the break through David Cushley. However, Linfield put the game beyond doubt with further strikes from Billy Joe Burns in the 61th minute and Aaron Burns on the 68th minute.

Elsewhere, Paul Heatley scored a brace for Crusaders in a 2-0 win over Warrenpoint Town at Seaview, in a game that saw the Co Down side reduced to ten men.

Portadown were the big scorers of the day, putting five past Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park where Darren Murray helped himself to a hat trick.

Last season's champions Cliftonville had to come from behind to rescue a point at Belfast rivals Glentoran. The Glens took the lead on the stroke of half time through Mark Miskimmin, but had Stephen McAlorum sent off midday through the second half.

Cliftonville pressed and got the equaliser in the 73rd minute through Stephen Caldwell to seal a 1-1 draw.

Coleraine and Ballinamallard played out a 1-1 draw.

Danske Bank Premiership results:

Ballymena United 1-4 Linfield
Ballymena: David Cushley (47)
Linfield: Matt Tipton (4), Andrew Waterworth (38), Billy Joe Burns (60), Aaron Burns (67)

Crusaders 2-0 Warrenpoint Town
Crusaders: Paul Heatley (64, 82)

Dungannon Swifts 0-5 Portadown
Portadown: Gary Twigg (17), Darren Murray (18, 31, 85), Tim Mouncey (46)

Glentoran 1-1 Cliftonville
Glentoran: Mark Miskimmin (45+1)
Cliftonville: Ciaran Caldwell (72)

Ballinamallard United 1-1 Coleraine
Ballinamallard: Cathal Beacom (55)
Coleraine: Gary Browne (14)

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Comments Comments
oneteaminblue in ni wrote (456 days ago):
Good to see Adrian once again spending time commenting on a league he doesn't like. Premier League number league in the world. Perhaps the Bundesliga would disagree as their teams are very strong, not many carry heavy debt, and it attracts bigger crowds than the PL. The Premier League is a great product, but certainly not because of the English players. Without foreign players it wouldn't be half what it is. Anyway, a big developed country should equate to a good league, thus why the Irish League is part-time - NI being one of the smallest footballing nations in the world. Less population, less money = lower standard of football. Oh, and throw in 40 years of Troubles, and lack of government funding. So the Irish League has done OK all considered!
ROBERT MCKENZIE in s. belfast wrote (456 days ago):
The Irish League in my opinion is a very good product (I'm sure all viewers of the recent Sky match of Ports v Glenavon)would agree and this year it is very competitive. Instead of criticising it therfore let us support it! It is always much easier to criticise than to build up!
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (457 days ago):
This league is not counted anywhere , it might as well not exist ! Its awfull , supporters of this league need to broaden their horizons , and experience real football ! Epl ! Num one league in the world !
s magowan in belfast wrote (458 days ago):
Looks like the Blues are hitting a bit form at the moment,and Adrian they are sitting on top of the Irish League unlike the English team that you support.
Darzo in Co Down wrote (458 days ago):
Yes always proud to be a LINFIELD fan :) SUPER LINFIELD
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