Irish Premiership: Ten-man Blues deny champions at Seaview

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Crusaders 0-0 Linfield

Crusaders were thwarted by ten-man Linfield in a Seaview stalemate but the champions stay top of the Premiership.

Blues midfielder Stephen Lowry was dismissed for two yellows on 50 minutes in a scrappy encounter.

Crusaders are joined on seven points by Glenavon, who edged Cliftonville 3-2, and Ards after Carl McComb's last-gasp goal clinched a 1-0 win over Portadown.

Dungannon beat Coleraine 4-0, Carrick defeated Glentoran 1-0 and Ballymena also had a 1-0 win over Ballinamallard.

Saturday's action and reaction as it happened

Crusaders dropped their first points of the season in a game of few chances against a Linfield side tipped to be their main challengers for the Gibson Cup.

"We made a few changes in an attempt to get that goal but it just didn't happen. It was cagey - there was not a lot in it," said Crues boss Stephen Baxter.

There was more drama elsewhere, including Glenavon scoring two late goals to snatch victory against the Reds, who had Jason McGuinness sent-off for two yellows after 59 minutes.

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Glenavon 3-2 Cliftonville

Ards are making an impressive return to the top flight and McComb's goal came six minutes defender Johnny Taylor's dismissal, again for two yellow cards.

"It was not a great game and one goal was always going to win it and thankfully we got it late on," said Ards defender Michael Ruddy.

"We have confidence and belief that we can get up as high as we can in the table and not just survive in this division."

A first-half goal from Miguel Chines gave Carrick their first points of the season as Glentoran slipped to a second successive defeat.

"It was a magnificent performance from our players," said delighted Rangers boss Kieran Harding.

"The first half was even with Glentoran having lots of possession but not creating much. We had two of three chances and got a super goal from Miguel Chines.

"They put us under pressure but did not open us up."

Danske Bank Irish Premiership - 13 August
Ards1-0Portadown
Ballinamallard United0-1Ballymena United
Crusaders0-0Linfield
Dungannon Swifts4-0Coleraine
Glenavon3-2Cliftonville
Glentoran0-1Carrick Rangers