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Summary

  1. Carrick Rangers 0-2 Linfield
  2. Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine
  3. Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Glenavon
  4. Glentoran 1-3 Crusaders
  5. Portadown 0-2 Ballymena United

Live Reporting

By Lyle Jackson and Alvin McCaig

All times stated are UK

Final whistle

That's it for this week, thanks for following the action with us. We will get videos of all of today's goals up on our website tonight - and look out for the Irish League Show on the iPlayer on Monday evening. See you next week.

Who's set for the Oval office?

Glentoran's managerial vacancy

Glentoran chairman Stephen Henderson says the club's directors are still in the process of choosing a new manager.

Alan Kernaghan resigned last month following an embarrassing League Cup defeat by lowly Championship side Annagh United.

Henderson thanked the supporters for their patience and said caretaker boss Roy Coyle would remain in charge for Tuesday's County Antrim Shield match against Bangor.

Glentoran chairman Stephen Henderson

What they said

Glentoran 1-3 Crusaders

We created enough chances to be two or three up at half-time, but we didn't take them. I was pleased with what we were going and we just had to be patient and we got two goals in the second half. You have to be pleased when you get three points on the road.

Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager

Manager's view

We're hearing Glenavon's Gary Hamilton hit the roof after being sent-off during the 1-1 draw at Dungannon.

Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton after being sent-off at Dunganon

What they said

Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine

We have had a bit of bad luck recently so I'd take a 1-0 all day. I did not think we were going to concede as we were solid at the back and had a real belief that we were going to take the three points.

Gerard LyttleCliftonville manager

Top teams

Irish Premiership

So champions Crusaders go five points clear at the top of the table, last season's runners-up Linfield are into second with - wait for it - Ballymena United in third place. I know a Ballymena fan who will be screen-grabbing the table tonight, won't you Rab?

Top four in the Irish Premiership
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Top four in the Irish Premiership

FULL-TIME

Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Glenavon

Two goals and three red cards in an incident-packed match at Stangmore Park.

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Portadown 0-2 Ballymena Utd

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Glentoran 1-3 Crusaders

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Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine

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Carrick Rangers 0-2 Linfield

Goals from Ross Gaynor and Aaron Burns send David Healy's Blues into second place.

RED CARD

Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Glenavon

Drama at Dungannon as Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton is sent off just a few minutes after coming on as a substitute. He may have swung a right arm at opponent Chris Hegarty as the pair fell to the ground following a challenge. The Lurgan side are down to nine with six minutes left.

Mind you, Hamilton is not going quietly as he lets ref Mervyn Smyth know what he thinks about the straight red verdict.

Glenavon player manager Gary Hamilton sees red at Stangmore

Portadown 0-2 Ballymena Utd

Improved display from the Ports in the second half but time is running out and Ballymena are on course for the three points.

Crusaders midfielder Michael Gault rises above Glentoran's Aaron Harmon at the Oval
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Crusaders midfielder Michael Gault rises above Glentoran's Aaron Harmon at the Oval

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Glenavon

The Swifts get an equaliser through David Armstrong on 72 minutes. Jamie Glackin did well to stay on his feet and roll the ball to former Linfield defender Armstrong who shot in from the right-hand side of the area.

Can you spot a future Glens star?

Young footballing talent on show at the Oval

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 0-2 Linfield

Aaron Burns on target in the 74th minute to give the Blues some breathing space. It came from a Kirk Millar cross and substitute Burns rose to plant his header in the net.

GOAL

Glentoran 1-3 Crusaders

The champions are in full flow now as Declan Caddell heads in from Paul Heatley's pinpoint cross. Two goals in three minutes for the Premiership pacesetters.

Declan Caddell makes it 3-1 to Crusaders at The Oval

GOAL

Glentoran 1-2 Crusaders

Trademark finish from Jordan Owens after 65 minutes as the Crues regain the lead - Michael Carvill provides the cross and the big striker heads home at the back post. 

Jordan Owens heads Crusaders back into the lead at The Oval

GOAL

Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine

Daniel Hughes puts the Reds in front with a fine finish on 63 minutes.

Daniel Hughes puts the Reds in front
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Daniel Hughes puts the Reds in front

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 0-1 Linfield

Ross Gaynor puts Linfield into a 64th-minute lead - he delivers the ball in low and from the left and it finds the far corner.

David Healy's men will be second in the table tonight if they hold on to this lead.

Better from Ports

Portadown 0-2 Ballymena Utd

The half-time introduction of striker Mark McAllister has sparked Portadown into life, with Sam Simpson curling over as the hosts target a comeback.

RED CARD

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Linfield

Carrick defender Stephen McCullough's match ends in the 52nd minute as he gets a second yellow card for a challenge on Jamie Mulgrew near the touchline. Looked a harsh decision against the Rangers player who appeared to take the ball.

McCullough had been booked just a couple for minutes earlier for kicking the ball away.

If Linfield don't win this they will be kicking themselves.

Carrick Rangers Stephen McCullough sees red

Congratulations for Ballymena scorer Kyle Owens after he puts the Sky Blues in front against Portadown
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Congratulations for Ballymena scorer Kyle Owens after he puts the Sky Blues in front against Portadown

SUBSTITUTION

Glentoran 1-1 Crusaders

Glens striker Curtis Allen was expected to miss the game because of a mouth abscess but he's brought on for the second half by caretaker boss Roy Coyle. 

Coleraine pair Neil McCafferty and Darren McCauley close in on Cliftonville midfielder Jude Winchester at Solitude
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Coleraine pair Neil McCafferty and Darren McCauley close in on Cliftonville midfielder Jude Winchester at Solitude

Linfield's Ross Gaynor sends his penalty towards the Carrick goal but he is denied as Brian Neeson makes the save
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Linfield's Ross Gaynor sends his penalty towards the Carrick goal but he is denied as Brian Neeson makes the save

HALF-TIME

Irish Premiership

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

Dungannon 0-1 Glenavon

Carrick 0-0 Linfield

Glentoran 1-1 Crusaders

Portadown 0-2 Ballymena

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Glentoran 1-1 Crusaders

RED CARD

Two off at Stangmore

Ryan Harpur of Dungannon and Glenavon defender Kris Lindsay are sent-off after a clash in the penalty area. It was an ugly melee which seemed to come out of nowhere. 10 v 10 now and Glenavon still 1-0 up through Eoin Bradley's free-kick.

GOAL

Glentoran 1-1 Crusaders

The Glens are level on the stroke of half-time as Jonathan Smith nets from the rebound after Chris Lavery's shot hits the woodwork.

Jonathan Smith equalises for Glentoran

HITS THE WOODWORK

Portadown 0-2 Ballymena Utd

Ports defender Mark Carson hits the post from long-range as the hosts almost pull one back. 

Poor Ports

Portadown 0-2 Ballymena Utd

The hosts are struggling at Shamrock Park - Portadown almost go three down when inform United striker Cathair Friel volleys wide at the backpost when he should have scored. Lucky escape for Pat McGibbon's side. 

Glentoran 0-1 Crusaders

The visitors are on the hunt for a second goal and Paul Heatley sees his shot well saved by Dwayne Nelson. Glentoran defending stoutly while Jonathan Smith headed wide with one of their rare openings.

GOAL

Portadown 0-2 Ballymena Utd

The Sky Blues double their lead as Jonny McMurray slots into the bottom corner on 22 minutes after good work from Danny Wallace. Uphill task now for the basement side.

MISSED PENALTY

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Linfield

Ross Gaynor sees his penalty saved by Carrick keeper Brian Neeson. The kick was awarded when Gaynor was fouled by Chris Morrow. Gaynor went for a blast down the middle but Neeson stood his ground and saved.

How did he miss?

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

Even better chance for Coleraine but their top scorer James McLaughlin misses an open goal, lifting a left-foot shot over the bar. Should have been 1-0 to the Bannsiders.

Coleraine's James McLaughlin misses a sitter

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

Chance for Cliftonville but Jude Winchester drags his shot wide. No goals so far at sunny Solitude.

McFall for Glens?

Glentoran 0-1 Crusaders

Tongues wagging at the Oval as former Portadown boss Ronnie McFall is spotted in the Glentoran directors' box - could he be Alan Kernaghan's successor?  

Former Portadown manager Ronnie McFall
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Former Portadown manager Ronnie McFall