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  1. Ards 2-2 Cliftonville
  2. Ballinamallard United 1-2 Linfield
  3. Crusaders 6-0 Ballymena United
  4. Glenavon 4-0 Carrick Rangers
  5. Glentoran 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Live Reporting

By Lyle Jackson and Ruairi Cunningham

All times stated are UK

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More on Wednesday

That is it for today. Sorry about the delays in updates being published, we're told it had something to do with the amount of material coming from the Olympics. Hopefully things will be better on Wednesday night when a full programme of Premiership fixtures is scheduled. In the meantime, you can see all of the goals from today's matches here.

League Cup draw

Second round on 30 August

Ballinamallard United v Dundela

Armagh City v Dergview

Newington v Ballymena Utd

Crusaders v Loughgall

Ards v Newry City

Coleraine v Limavady Utd

Ballyclare Comrades v Carrick Rangers

Warrenpoint Town v Banbridge Town

Annagh Utd v Glentoran

Institute v H & W Welders

Knockbreda v Lurgan Celtic

Portadown v Donegal Celtic

Dungannon Swifts v Sport & Leisure

Linfield v Larne

Glenavon v Tobermore Utd

Cliftonville v Lisburn Distillery

"I'm obviously pleased to get off the mark. I was just inside their half and spotted the keeper off his line. The manager has strengthened the squad, bringing in some experienced players and I think we are looking well."

Kirk MillarScorer of long-range goal for Linfield
Kirk Millar is congratulated by Linfield team-mate Chris Casement
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Kirk Millar is congratulated by Linfield team-mate Chris Casement

I thought we stuck in there. The effort and enthusiasm were super. We created chances against a top-class Cliftonville side. I've just told the lads that if they can apply themselves like that every week we will do OK.

Niall CurrieArds manager

The performance and result was pleasing, it was just the scoreline which let us down a little bit. We had lots of crosses and shots, but just lacked the good decision at the right time which could have given us more goals, but that is just me being picky. Nacho Novo did well. He showed glimpses but there is more to come from him."

Alan KernaghanGlentoran manager

The boys played really well and that is what we needed because we had not won our opening league game for six years. Everybody did their job and we played superbly. The manager has just said the front three were brilliant and of course that helps.

Gavin WhyteCrusaders midfielder


Today's results

Ards 2-2 Cliftonville

Ballinamallard Utd 1-2 Linfield

Crusaders 6-0 Ballymena United

Glenavon 4-0 Carrick Rangers

Glentoran 1-0 Dungannon


Glenavon 4-0 Carrick Rangers

Glenavon complete a 4-0 home win over Carrick Rangers with Mark Patton scoring the final goal at Mourneview Park.


Crusaders 6-0 Ballymena United

Three for Jordan Owens, two for Paul Heatly and one for Gavin Whyte. 


Crusaders 6-0 Ballymena United

Jordan Owens completes his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 90th minute. Six of the best from the champions at Seaview.

Sorry we're late

Apologies for the publishing delays that affected us this afternoon - it's an issue that we have been aware of for much of the day, and has been affecting a lot of BBC Sport's live pages today.  


Glenavon 3-0 Carrick Rangers

Home right-back Rhys Marshall gets his second of the afternoon at Lurgan, heading in from Andy Hall's pinpoint delivery in the 76th minute.


Glentoran 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Ciaran Caldwell blasts in to give Glentoran the lead at the Oval. Not long after former Rangers striker Nacho Novo had some on as a Glens substitute.


Glenavon 2-0 Carrick Rangers

Joel Cooper scores with a low shot in the 73rd minute - just like that.

Can Jordan Owens grab an opening day hat-trick?

The big striker scored two goals in quick succession in the first half against Ballymena

Crusaders striker Jordan Owens
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Crusaders striker Jordan Owens

Levi Ives celebrates giving Cliftonville the lead against Ards
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Levi Ives celebrates giving Cliftonville the lead against Ards


Crusaders 5-0 Ballymena United

It is a romp for champions Crusaders as Paul Heatley snaps up his second of the afternoon at Seaview (63rd minute)

Stephen Lowry celebrates giving Linfield the lead at Ferney Park
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Stephen Lowry celebrates giving Linfield the lead at Ferney Park


Ards 1-2 Cliftonville

Ards regain the lead on the Clandeboye Road through Jay Donnelly who lobs keeper Aaron Hogg from inside the box (46 mins)


Glenavon 1-0 Carrick Rangers

Rhys Marshall gives Gary Hamilton's men the lead in the 48th minute at Mourneview Park. The ball breaks to Marshall who beats two men before switching back on to his right foot to beat Rangers keeper Brian Neeson.

McCourt limps off

Glenavon 0-0 Carrick Rangers

Former Northern Ireland winger Paddy McCourt goes off injured at Mourneview Park just before half-time. He's the second Glenavon casualty as defender Simon Kelly had to be replaced earlier.

Glenavon's Pat McCourt
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Glenavon's Pat McCourt


Ballinamallard United 1-2 Linfield

Kirk Millar restores Linfield's lead in County Fermanagh and what a goal it is. Millar lobs keeper James McGrath from just inside the Ballinamallard half. Well worth clicking on the play tab here. Four minutes until half-time.

Kirk Millar restores Linfield's lead against Ballinamallard


Ards 1-1 Cliftonville

Newly-promoted Ards are off the mark in the top flight after a hand-ball decision gives them a penalty. Michael Ruddy scores from the spot past Cliftonville's new 6ft 9 goalkeeper Jason Mooney.


Ards 0-1 Cliftonville

Cliftonville take the lead in the 29th minute as Levi Ives shoots past Aaron Hogg from eight yards.


Crusaders 4-0 Ballymena United

They think it's all over at Seaview....

Midfielder Gavin Whyte snaps up a fourth for the champions in the 29th minute after a Jordan Owens head-down.


Crusaders 3-0 Ballymena United

Crues striker Jordan Owens has a great chance to score a first-half hat-trick but scuffs his shot


Crusaders 3-0 Ballymena United

Jordan Owens is presented with a 20th-minute tap-in for 3-0 and, according to Radio Ulster's match analyst Liam Beckett, Ballymena are "all over the place"


Crusaders 2-0 Ballymena United

Two goals in a minute as Jordan Owens side-foots number two for the title holders.


Crusaders 1-0 Ballymena United

Paul Heatley shoots past Alan Blayney to give champions Crusaders the lead on 16 minutes at Seaview, set up by Billy Joe Burns.


Ballinamallard United 0-1 Linfield

Stephen Lowry heads Linfield into an eighth-minute lead at Ferney Park from a Ross Gaynor cross. A great start for David Healy's men who were runners-up in the Premiership last season.

Lowry scores the first goal in the Irish Premiership

Stat attack

Crusaders v Ballymena United

Crusaders have lost their opening league match in four of the last five seasons, and the last time they won their opener was in 2010 when they beat Donegal Celtic.

Joel TaggartBBC Radio Ulster commentator

McCourt starts at Mourneview

Glenavon v Carrick Rangers

Former Celtic and Northern Ireland winger Paddy McCourt makes his Premiership debut for Glenavon against Kieran Harding's Carrick.

Keeper Carroll in Irish League debut

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Former West Ham and Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll makes his Irish Premiership debut for his new club Linfield in his home town of Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh.

First-day optimism

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Linfield will be way ahead of us fitness-wise, but we have added some quality and aim to give them a game

Gavin DykesNew Ballinamallard manager on Radio Ulster

New look for newly-promoted Ards

Ards v Cliftonville

We have no fewer than eight players making their debuts today.

The teams for Ards v Cliftonville
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The teams for Ards v Cliftonville

Prediction time

You would get decent odds on this five-timer

@BBCSPORTNI victories for @ArdsFC1900, @Ballinamallard, @Glenavon_FC , @DgnSwifts and draw between @CrusadersFC and @BallymenaUnited

Dungannon debutant

Glentoran v Dungannon Swifts

Summer signing @seanan_clucas04 WILL make his debut for Swifts today as he's named in the starting XI. 👍🏼👍🏼⚽️💙

Currie relishing Premiership season

Ards manager Niall Currie hopes his newly-promoted side can raise the bar and avoid becoming embroiled in a relegation battle

Ards manager Niall Currie

Reds raring to go

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle says Clitonville won't be taking their opening match away to Ards lightly

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle

How they finished last season

It has been champions Crusaders, runners-up Linfield and Glenavon in third for the last two seasons.

Irish Premiership end of season table 2015-16
Irish Premiership end of season table 2015-16