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Summary

  1. Ballinamallard United 1-2 Cliftonville - result
  2. Crusaders 2-1 Portadown - result
  3. Linfield 1-1 Dungannon Swifts - result

Live Reporting

By Richard Petrie, Ruairi Cunningham and John Haughey

All times stated are UK

Bye for now

That's all for today folks. Keep an eye out for highlights of all today's games on the BBC Sport website tonight and for the Irish League Show on the iPlayer on Monday evening. Tune in to coverage of the League Cup second round on Radio Ulster on Tuesday night and join us for more Premiership action next Saturday, with leaders Crusaders travelling to face Ards.

What they said

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle

Ballinamallard proved hard to break down with 10 men and we didn't use the pitch to our full capabilities. This result gives us something to build on at least.

Crues back on top

The summit of the Irish League table has a familiar look...

Irish Premiership table
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Irish Premiership table

Reds already looking ahead.....

Next on the agenda, Cliftonville begin their latest defence of the NI Football League Cup.

Next on the agenda, Cliftonville begin their latest defence of the NI Football League Cup.

What they said

Linfield manager David Healy

Our performance was unacceptable from the outset. We didn't play well enough, didn't move the ball quickly enough, didn't create chances and were defensively poor. Dungannon worked harder than us and wanted a positive result more than we did. We didn't show enough quality to break them down. We had no spark and no creativity.

What they said

Crusaders defender Howard Beverland

We were keen to get the win as we knew where it may take us, depending on other results. I haven't scored many headers in my career but unfortunately today, it was at the wrong end. It was special to make amends soon after by scoring my first goal for the Crues.

What they said

Dungannon Swifts manager Rodney McAree

Windsor Park is a very tough place to come but I thought our players deserved their point. We were brave, tried to keep our foot on the ball and a lot of credit must go to our players for being as confident as they were. We had a plan, kept our shape and gave the players a chance to express themselves. In the end, we could have nicked a winner.

FULL-TIME

Ballinamallard 1-2 Cliftonville

Cliftonville end a two-game losing run as they scratch out an unconvincing win against 10-man Ballinamallard. 

FULL-TIME

Crusaders 2-1 Portadown

Champions Crusaders move top of the Premiership table as they hold on despite some Portadown pressure in injury-time. Portadown claim that Crues midfielder Michael Gault handled in his own penalty area deep in injury-time but Tim Marshall waves away the visitors' pleas. Crues made heavy weather of it in the second half but take the three points.

FULL-TIME

Linfield 1-1 Dungannon Swifts

Finishes all square at Windsor Park. A deserved point for a spirited and well drilled Dungannon side against a Linfield team largely devoid of creativity.

International rescue

Linfield 1-1 Dungannon Swifts

Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Roy Carroll makes a vital late stop for Linfield, saving Alan Teggart's left-foot effort with his legs. Still level going into four minutes of added time.

Miskelly keeps Ports in game

David Miskelly makes another great save in the Seaview contest as he beats away a fierce Gavin Whyte free-kick.Still a couple of minutes of normal time left.

All to play for in the closing minutes

Premiership latest scores

Ballinamallard United 1-2 Cliftonville

Crusaders 2-1 Portadown

Linfield 1-1 Dungannon Swifts

Colin Coates heads in for Crusaders at Seaview
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Colin Coates heads in for Crusaders at Seaview

MISSED PENALTY

Ballinamallard waste chance to level

The Mallards are presented with a glorious chance to level on 78 minutes but Jason McCartney steers his penalty wide. Cliftonville stay 2-1 ahead.

So close for Crues

Philip Lowry looks certain to score after Jordan Owens' close-range effort is blocked by David Miskelly but the former Ports, Derry City and Linfield man somehow contrives to divert wide with the goal gaping. It's one of the first decent pieces of play from Crusaders in a rather lacklustre second half for the champions.

GOAL

Ballinamallard 1-2 Cliftonville

After Cliftonville were starting to run out of ideas against Ballinamallard's 10 men, they get a break as home defender Ryan McConnell diverts into his own net past James McGrath on 63 minutes. Unlucky for the Mallards who have been superbly marshalled by Shane McCabe.

Cliftonville regain the lead through Ryan McConnell's own goal

Linfield changes

Linfield manager David Healy has introduced Paul Smyth and Ross Gaynor in place of Andy Waterworth and Josh Carson in a bid to secure all three points at Windsor Park. A well organised Dungannon side proving a hard nut to crack for the Blues.

Ports try to summon up revival

Portadown are starting to win more possession with Colin Coates having to make a timely intervention to prevent Aaron Haire connecting with a Robert Garrett cross.

Carvill close to extending Crusaders lead

Michael Carvill curls a shot just over David Miskelly's crossbar after a mazy run by Paul Heatley. Portadown aren't offering much and it's hard to see anything other than a home win at this stage.

GOAL

Crusaders 2-1 Portadown

Colin Coates thunders a header past Miskelly to put the champions into the lead on 53 minutes after a floated Michael Carvill corner. Awful defending by Portadown. 

Colin Coates puts Crusaders in front at Seaview

GOAL

Linfield 1-1 Dungannon Swifts

Kris Lowe levels things at Windsor Park with a simple tap-in from Andy Mitchell's pass for Dungannon's equaliser.

Kris Lowe levels things at Windsor Park

Goals galore in this Steel and Sons Cup tie

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Games back under way

All three matches resume after the half-time intervals.

HALF-TIME

Linfield 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Linfield in line to move to the top of the Premiership table as it stands at half-time. Aaron Burns had a couple of early chances before Haughey's header which gives the Blues their narrow advantage at the break.

Jamie Glackin went close for the Swifts but his fierce strike, which seemed destined for the top corner, was tipped over the bar by Roy Carroll

Half-time

Ballinamallard 1-1 Cliftonville

Lecky's leveller leaves the sides on terms at half-time at Ferney Park. The equaliser came after a bad mistake by Cliftonville keeper Jason Mooney who dropped a harmless looking cross at Lecky's feet.

Ballinamallard's Ross Taheny in action against Darren Murray of Cliftonville
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Ballinamallard's Ross Taheny in action against Darren Murray of Cliftonville

GOAL

Ballinamallard 1-1 Cliftonville

Giant striker Adam Lecky has levelled for the 10 men of Ballinamallard at Ferney Park  in the first minute of first-half injury-time. It's his third goal of the season.

Adam Lecky levels for the 10 men of Ballinamallard United

Half-time

Crusaders 1-1 Portadown

Crues utterly dominant after Beverland atoned for his early own goal by heading in an equaliser but it's still 1-1 at Seaview.

Crues starting to turn the screw

Crusaders are putting the Ports under severe pressure with David Miskelly having to make two fine saves to deny Michael Carvill over the last couple of minutes.

GOAL

Linfield 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Mark Haughey puts Linfield ahead in the 38th minute. The big defender was left unmarked and headed into the bottom corner from Josh Carson's corner.

Mark Haughey gives Linfield the lead at Windsor Park

GOAL

Ballinamallard United 0-1 Cliftonville

Within five minutes of Flatley's early exit, Darren Murray puts Cliftonville ahead at Ferney Park.

Linfield v Dungannon action
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Kris Lowe heads clear for Dungannon as Linfield's Sean Ward looks on

RED CARD

Ballinamallard's Liam Flatley sent off

Liam Flatley must depart the Ferney Park stage on this particular Saturday as Ballinamallard are reduced to 10 men in the 26th minute. Flatley receives a straight red card for a challenge on Cliftonville's Jason McGuinness.

Stalemate at Windsor Park

Linfield 0-0 Dungannon Swifts

Still waiting for things to burst into life at Windsor Park. Dungannon holding their own against David Healy's men so far, with goalmouth action at a premium.

Whyte goes close for Crues

After his glaring early miss, Gavin Whyte goes close to putting the Crues ahead as his fierce shot is deflected just wide after he cuts inside from the right flank.

Battle of the giants at Ferney

Six foot seven inch Cliftonville defender Jason McGuinness is having some battle with six foot eight Mallards striker Adam Lecky. Still scoreless at Ferney. 

GOAL

Crusaders 1-1 Portadown

Howard Beverland has quickly atoned for his own goal as his looping header flies over a flat-footed Ports keeper David Miskelly after Gavin Whyte's free-kick delivery. Quite a start for the former Coleraine defender.

Beverland grabs the Crusaders equaliser

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GOAL

Crusaders 0-1 Portadown

And it's an own goal at Seaview as Crues defender Howard Beverland heads a Mark Carson cross past his own keeper Sean O'Neill. A shock for the champions after looking utterly dominant early on.

Howard Beverland scores an own goal at Seaview

KICK-OFF

Crusaders v Portadown

We're under way at Seaview with the sun trying to break through the clouds. Gavin Whyte misses a glorious early chance for the champions and he blasts wide from eight yards after being set up by Paul Heatley.

Craig Cathcart picked up a last minute injury and misses @WatfordFC Premier League clash against Arsenal today #BATW