Premiership title race is set for photo-finish after derby day victories for the top two

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Darren McCauley strikes for Coleraine to keep the pressure on the Crues. Image: NIFL.

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The Danske Bank Premiership title race is set to go to the last day of the league campaign after big home wins for both contenders on Saturday.

Despite having Josh Carson dismissed, Coleraine beat Ballymena 1-0 to finish the season undefeated at Ballycastle Road. 

They’re level on points with Crusaders with two games to play.

However, the Crues stayed ahead of them on goal difference with a 2-0 victory over Linfield.

Jordan Owens struck twice at Seaview to bring his total for the season to 20... 

Crues manager Stephen Baxter says whatever happens in the final fixtures his team and Coleraine deserve great credit for setting the pace all season...

Linfield finished with 10 men as former Crusaders player Andy Mitchell was sent off for a foul in the closing minutes. 

Blues boss David Healy said his side has paid the price for blunders at the back...

Crusaders' Danish goalkeeper Brian Jensen had some extra support from home at Seaview...

The former Burnley and West Brom player pulled off some great saves, but was keen to praise two-goal striker Owens...

Glenavon leapfrog Linfield into third after the Lurgan Blues beat Cliftonville 3-1 at Solitude. 

Ballinamallard have closed the gap at the bottom on Carrick Rangers to just one point with a 2-2 draw at home to Dungannon.

Ahead of their trip to Ferney Park on Tuesday, Carrick lost 1-0 to visiting Ards.

Warrenpoint beat Glentoran 1-0 at the Q Radio Arena - Lorcan Forde with the late goal to secure the Point’s place in the Premiership for another season.

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