Linfield keep title hopes alive with win at Oval while Crues held to draw with Ports

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Blues boss David Healy serving the first of a seven-match touchline ban. Picture courtesy of

By Simon Hunter

Bottom club Portadown held league leaders Crusaders to a one-all draw in Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Shamrock Park.

The Ports' equaliser was scored by Marcio Soares who was released by the Crues last month and re-joined his home town team.

The previous week Portadown drew one-each with second-placed Linfield at Windsor Park.

Meanwhile, the Blues have closed the gap on Crusaders to seven points thanks to a 1-0 win away to old rivals Glentoran yesterday.

Andy Waterworth hit the winner against his former club.

Linfield manager David Healy started a seven-match touchline ban.

In the other games yesterday; three players were sent-off in a scoreless draw between Cliftonville and Coleraine.

Carrick's home game against Glenavon also ended goalless.

Dungannon Swifts and Ards drew 3-3 while Ballymena had a 2-1 victory at Ballinamallard.




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