Larne clinch title, Sky Blues cut Linfield's lead and stage set for Shield showdown

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Larne have clinched the Championship title and promotion to the Danske Bank Premiership.

They did it with a 3-0 win against Ballinamallard at Inver Park on Saturday.

Then the party started...


Ballymena United cut the gap on Premiership leaders Linfield to six points - and they've a game in hand.

The Sky Blues won 4-0 away to Coleraine with midfielder Andy McGrory hitting a hat-trick. 

The Bannsiders had Gareth McConaghie sent off in the first half hour.

Also on Saturday, Cliftonville had a 1-0 win over Institute, 10-man Ards drew 1-1 at Glentoran and Dungannon beat Newry 2-1 with two late goals.

The Toals County Antrim Shield final takes centre stage on Tuesday night with holders Crusaders facing Linfield at Seaview (7.45pm)








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