Irish Cup holders Glentoran began their defence of the trophy with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Championship One pacesetters Ards, helped by a hat-trick by new signing Chris Lavery.

The former Lurgan Celtic attacker joined Glentoran this month, and he netted his first two goals for the Glens to put them in control early on, before centre half Denver Gage pulled one back for the visitors just before the break.

Lavery then turned provider for former Ards defender Jay Magee to head home from a corner, before Lavery completed the rout late on.

Alan Kernaghan's men, who had lost three league games in succession, will now host 2014 Cup winners Glenavon in the sixth round.

In the night's other rescheduled Irish Cup game, Knockbreda ran out 5-1 winners at fellow Championship One side Annagh United.

Scott McCordick had given the hosts the lead in the third minute from a pinpoint free-kick, before Dylan Wilson (2), Owain Beggs (2) and Matthew Johnston ensured Knockbreda were rampant winners at Tandragee Road. The Belfast side, who were missing their two first-choice goalkeepers through suspension, played former Glentoran striker Michael Halliday as goalkeeper - a career first!

Irish Premiership

Warrenpoint Town and Ballymena United were victorious in the night's two rescheduled league matches.

Point, who had only won 1 of their opening 22 league games and none in 19, made it back-to-back league wins with victory over Portadown. Goals from Cliftonville loan pair Martin Murray and Jonny McMurray fired them to victory after a 3-0 triumph over Coleraine on Saturday.

That result took Barry Gray's side to within three points of Carrick, who went down 1-0 at Ballymena due to Nathan Hanley's early goal - the former Linfield player taking advantage of a short back header from Gareth McKeown. Despite the gap at the bottom closing, Carrick have played three league games less than Warrenpoint.

Mid Ulster Cup

Goals from Dermot McCaffrey, Matt Hazley and Jamie Douglas fired Dungannon Swifts to a 3-2 victory over Glenavon in tonight's Mid Ulster Cup semi final.

McCaffrey headed home from Hazley's corner early on before former Newry winger Hazley doubled the lead before the break. Glenavon then fought back through Matty Lynch and Declan O'Brien goals, before Jamie Douglas won it at the death.