Crues and Blues still neck-and-neck going into Easter Tuesday

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Jordan Owens scored a brace for the league leaders. Image credit: NIFL

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Danske Bank Premiership title rivals Crusaders and Linfield will go into the Easter Tuesday fixtures still separated by a single point.


Crusaders remain in pole position with three games to play after a dramatic comeback win at Ciftonville on Saturday.

The Crues were 2-1 down in the second half, but took full points thanks to two headed goals within three minutes from Jordan Owens.





Here's Reds assistant manager, former Man United and Northern Ireland defender Mal Donaghy.



Goalkeeper Sean O'Neill was also outstanding for the defending champions.

He made some brilliant saves following treatment for a shoulder injury.



Linfield kept the pressure on the Crues by beating David Jeffrey's Ballymena United 2-0 at the Showgrounds.


Blues boss David Healy says it was a good day's work in difficult conditions.



Third-placed Coleraine drew 1-1 with visiting Glenavon in the other top six match.


In Section B, Dungannon had a 2-1 win against Glentoran at Stangmore Park, with the Swifts staying on course to claim the final Europa League play-off place. 




It was 2-2 between Carrick Rangers and Ards - a result that confirms Carrick will finish in the bottom two.




They are nine points clear of Portadown so only need a draw in the last three matches to guarantee not going down automatically and would instead face a promotion-relegation play-off against a Championship club. 



The Ports had a 1-0 home win against Ballinamallard on Friday, but the County Armagh side's relegation would be confirmed if they fail to beat Ards in Bangor on Tuesday night.


Ports manager Niall Currie says his players have battled bravely against the drop.





Easter Tuesday fixtures, 7.45pm - 


Section A - 


Crusaders v Coleraine

Linfield v Glenavon

Ballymena United v Cliftonville

Section B - 

Ards v Portadown

Carrick Rangers v Glentoran

Ballinamallard United v Dungannon Swifts

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