Leaders crash to defeat at the Showgrounds as Crues bounce back with win in Newry

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Late winner for Ballymena. Pic NIFL.

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Danske Bank Premiership leaders Glenavon have crashed to a 2-1 defeat away to Ballymena.

Sub Johnny McMurray grabbed a last-minute winner for the Sky Blues at a rain-soaked Showgrounds.

Glenavon remain a point clear at the top despite the defeat, their first since the opening day of the season.

Meanwhile, the new pitch was officially opened at Warden Street - here's a delighted Ballymena chairman John Taggart.

In the other Friday night match, champions Crusaders bounced back from last week's defeat against Ballymena and moved into fourth place with a 3-0 win at Newry.

Paul Heatley grabbed two late goals after a penalty opener from Rory Patterson.

The ex-Derry City man miscued a Panenka-style spot kick on his Crues debut in August and says he knew not to try it a second time!

Newry boss Darren Mullen felt the scoreline didn't tell the full story...

The first of the Saturday fixtures has an early kick-off of 1pm with Institute hosting Coleraine at the Brandywell.

A win would move Stute above the Bannsiders into the top half of the table - manager Paddy McLaughlin...

Stripes boss Rodney McAree says it's a tricky one...

Three matches start at 3pm.

Linfield are at home to Warrenpoint and a win for the Blues would see them regain top spot. 

The teams sitting fifth and sixth at the start of the day meet at Solitude where Cliftonville welcome Glentoran. 

The Glens' former Celtic midfielder John Herron has told Q Radio he's loving life in the Irish League and can't wait for the Belfast derby...

The other game is Ards against Dungannon in Bangor.






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