It was a night to be on the favourites in the Danske Bank Premiership this evening as Cliftonville, Glentoran and Linfield eased to victory in their respective games.
The Blues travelled to Warrenpoint, with the home side hoping to halt their disastrous run of early season form.
The writing was the wall early, however, when Simon Kelly diverted past debutante Aaron McCarey in goal. Daniel Kearns made it two before half time.
Things were not to improve for Stephen McDonnell’s besieged side, with McCarey getting his marching orders early in the second half. Linfield capitalised, running out 5-0 winners in the end, thanks to second half goals from Michael O’Connor, Andrew Mitchell and Andy Waterworth.
Newry City travelled to the Oval to face Glentoran, with Darren McMullen’s men looking to build on their impressive win against Cliftonville last week. But goals from Curtis Allen, Robbie McDaid, Marcus Kane and Dylan Davidson helped the Glens to a third league win of the season. Conall Delaney grabbing the goal for the visitors in a 4-1 defeat.
At Solitude, Cliftonville welcomed Institute and found themselves two up inside ten minutes through Chris Curran and Joe Gormley. ‘The Goal’ was to add another in the second half as the Reds leapfrogged their opponents to sixth.
Linfield take advantage of the fact that Coleraine are otherwise engaged in the Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup this weekend and open up a three point lead at the head of proceedings.
Both the Bannsiders, who bade goodbye to manager Oran Kearney this afternoon who is en route to Paisley to manage St. Mirren, and Crusaders, miss domestic action due to their Scottish Challenge Cup commitments, whilst the game between Ards and Glenavon was called off due to international call ups.