Irish Premiership: Classy Crusaders see off Warrenpoint

Warrenpoint skipper Danny Wallace in action against Paul Heatley of Crusaders
Warrenpoint skipper Danny Wallace in action against Paul Heatley of Crusaders

Crusaders underlined their credentials as Irish Premiership title challengers by beating Warrenpoint 4-0 to start the season with two wins from two.

Larne, 6-0 winners over Warrenpoint on the opening day, are also on six points after their 2-1 win at Carrick Rangers.

Coleraine were 2-0 up away to Glentoran but had to settle for a 2-2 draw after having James McLaughlin sent off.

Joe Gormley hit two early goals as Cliftonville saw off Glenavon 3-1 while Dungannon beat Institute.

League champions Linfield were in Europa League action, so their league fixture against Ballymena will be rescheduled.

Tributes were paid to the late Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin before the club's home game against Glenavon
Tributes were paid to the late Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin before the club's home game against Glenavon

A scintillating first-half display lifted Cliftonville to their first win of the season as they beat Glenavon 3-1 on an emotionally-charged evening at Solitude.

On a night which started with a touching tribute to Tommy Breslin, the popular former Reds boss who died last week, Joe Gormley - Breslin's first signing at the club - headed the north Belfast side into a third-minute lead after connecting to Ronan Doherty's cross.

Gormley then exchanged passes with Ryan Curran before slotting home his second.

Curran added a fine third while substitute Andrew Mitchell pulled one back for the Lurgan Blues after the break.

At Seaview, Crusaders simply outclassed Warrenpoint with Ross Clarke putting the Irish Cup holders ahead midway through the first half.

Jordan Forsythe's volley gave the Crues the breathing space their superiority merited before late goals from Clarke and Paul Heatley put a gloss on the score.

While Crusaders are yet to concede a goal in the league after two games, Warrenpoint's goal difference is already -10.

Paul O'Neill's goal earned Glentoran a point at home to Coleraine
Paul O'Neill's goal earned Glentoran a point at home to Coleraine

Larne made it back-to-back wins on their return to the Premiership as they edged out Carrick Rangers 2-1 in a hard-fought east Antrim derby.

The visitors struck first on 15 minutes when Johnny McMurray headed home his first Larne goal from Tomas Cosgrove's cross.

Carrick levelled on 26 minutes when Caolan Loughran's free-kick from the left hand side of the penalty area found the net via the inside of the post.

But Larne claimed all three points thanks to Mark Randall's superb free kick in the 78th minute, the former Arsenal player clipping the ball over the wall and in off the underside of the crossbar.

Glentoran fought back from 2-0 down to secure a deserved draw against 10-man Coleraine at the Oval.

An entertaining but goalless first half was followed by Eoin Bradley slotting home a penalty after he was fouled before Aaron Canning's bullet header doubled Coleraine's lead.

Ryan Waide scored in Dungannon's victory away to Institute
Ryan Waide scored in Dungannon's victory away to Institute

Bannsiders forward James McLaughlin was red-carded for a bad challenge on Patrick McClean and the Glens capitalised on the extra man.

Croatian Hrvoje Plum curled a superb free-kick into the top corner before substitute Paul O'Neill poked home the equaliser with seven minutes left.

Dungannon have four points from a possible six after an impressive away win over Institute, with Kris Lowe heading the visitors ahead before half-time.

After Joe McCready levelled from the spot, Ryan Waide's wonderful volley put the Swifts back in front before Seanan Clucas put them further ahead.

Jake Morrow reduced the deficit with an injury time header but it was not enough for managerless Institute.

Danske Bank Irish Premiership
Carrick Rangers1-2Larne
Cliftonville3-1Glenavon
Crusaders4-0Warrenpoint Town
Glentoran2-2Coleraine
Institute2-3Dungannon Swifts