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Ballymena United have slipped nine points behind Danske Bank Premiership leaders Linfield after losing 2-0 to Glentoran at the Showgrounds on Saturday.
It was a first home defeat of the season for David Jeffrey's team.
Paul O’Neill and Robbie McDaid scored for the Glens who played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after full-back James McCarthy was sent off.
The victory moves Gary Smyth’s men up to seventh, the final European play-off place.
🎥 2-0 Showgrounds defeat v 10-man @Glentoran hammer blow to title hopes of Davy Jeffrey’s @BallymenaUnited Cracking goals Paul O’Neill & @RobbieMcDaid in outstanding team effort against the odds. @curtis_allen “We needed 3 points, going for play-off, big push till end of season” pic.twitter.com/hCvjyqhMnX— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) March 16, 2019
Sky Blues skipper Jim Ervin insists that with seven games still to play he's not giving up on the title race just yet.
He says the focus now is to cut the gap by winning their game in hand at home to Institute on Tuesday...
Linfield beat Institute 2-0 at Windsor Park on Saturday with Jordan Stewart and Josh Robinson on the scoresheet.
Ten-man Crusaders had a 2-0 derby victory over Cliftonville.
Brothers Jordan and Kyle Owens grabbed the goals at Seaview - Rory Hale was red-carded.
There were 1-0 wins for Warrenpoint against Ards in Bangor and Glenavon over visiting Dungannon Swifts.
🔴 Match postponed— Glentoran FC (@Glentoran) March 17, 2019
This Saturday's game against Cliftonville has been postponed due to Nathan Kerr and Chris Gallagher's international callups to the @NorthernIreland U21 squad
We wish Nathan and Chris all the best for their games against Bulgaria and Mexico next week 👏 pic.twitter.com/uTQ4qQIvsw