Blues go top, Glens hit rock bottom but prospect of massive cash boost from Iran

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Ballymena lose at Seaview, so Linfield top table. Pic: NIFL.

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Linfield are back on top of the Danske Bank Premiership, a point clear after a 2-0 win away to Ards on New Year's Day.

Defender Jimmy Callacher headed both goals for the Blues in Bangor.

Overnight leaders Ballymena crashed to their first defeat in 20 games, 3-2 at Crusaders.

Paul Heatley struck twice for Stephen Baxter's men, who are now in third place just two points behind the Sky Blues.

Glentoran lost 4-2 against Dungannon Swifts at the Oval and have now gone a club record 10 league matches without a win.

However, the Glens could be in line for a multi-million pounds windfall from an Iranian businessman with Belfast connections.

Talks have taken place and there could be further developments in the near future.

The prospect of a cash injection has been welcomed by fans and legendary ex-player Billy Sinclair ...

Also on New Year's Day, Coleraine beat Cliftonville 4-1 at the Showgrounds to replace the Reds in fifth place.

Michael McCrudden grabbed both goals for Institute in their 2-1 win away to Newry City. 

Glenavon lost 3-1 against visiting Warrenpoint Town, with former Lurgan Celtic player Philip Donnelly hitting a hat-trick.

Midfielder Mark Sykes was left out of the home side pending his expected transfer to Oxford United. 












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