Bannsiders stay top but McDermott's stunning strike helps Reds keep pressure on

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James McLaughlin on target for Coleraine. Pic: NIFL.

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Coleraine remain a point clear of Cliftonville at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership after both teams won 4-0 on Saturday.

The Bannsiders beat 10-man Glenavon at the Showgrounds.

James McLaughlin scored twice and claimed a third, but TV replays appeared to show it was an own goal by Caolan Marron.

Lurgan Blues defender Daniel Larmour was dismissed for a challenge on McLaughlin in the 38th minute when it was still 1-0.

Meanwhile, Coleraine midfielder Ben Doherty has been named Football Writers Player of the Month for October. He was on the scoresheet eight times last month as the Bannsiders won six games in a row.

Cliftonville eased to victory against bottom club Warrenpoint, on former manager Barry Gray’s return to Solitude.

Reds defender Conor McDermott scored from his own half.

Carrick Rangers had a 2-1 win away to struggling Ballymena and Glentoran were held to a 1-1 draw by Institute at the Brandywell.

Dutch winger Elvio Van Overbeek scored his first goal for the Glens, but was disappointed with the result...

The North West side have been enjoying a revival in fortunes under new boss, Sean Connor...



Larne host Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership on Monday night (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, it's 1-1going into the second leg of the Unite the Union Champions Cup final between Linfield and Dundalk (7.05pm).

Star striker Shayne Lavery is ruled out as he's on Northern Ireland duty this week. 

Blues boss David Healy expects a hot reception at Oriel Park...


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