That's all for now on a day which witnessed a very rare event - Crusaders losing a league game. It's getting tasty at the top and we will be back next Saturday for another afternoon of Premiership drama. Thanks for joining us.
- Ballymena United 2-1 Crusaders
- Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon
- Cliftonville 2-0 Ards
- Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Glentoran
- Linfield 4-0 Ballinamallard United
Carrick Rangers v Dungannon Swifts
Coleraine v Crusaders
Warrenpoint Town v Ballymena Utd
Glenavon v Cliftonville
To be played on Wednesday, 16 November
I'm delighted with the performance in my first game and more so the result (after seven defeats). The players were absolutely brilliant and Brian Neeson made some world-class saves. He is a fantastic guy and a positive character in the changing room. The application and attitude of the team was fantastic.
We've had a dreadful run of results so we are delighted with the victory. It was a good, disciplined performance against a side coming off two great results. We were gritty and committed to each other - I'm really happy.
I asked the players for a response after the League Cup defeat at Ballymena and we were back to our best today, with four goals and clean sheet. Ballinamallard worked hard and were plucky so we needed that third goal was important to see them off.
I'm just extremely proud of my players - they gave me everything. We were up against the best side in the country today and I told the players to think back to the opening day of the season when Crusaders beat us 6-0. The players were unbelievable, especially as we had a player sent-off. Their commitment, effort and footballing ability - I'm so proud of them.
Ballymena inflict a first Premiership defeat of the season on Crusaders and move to within five points of the leaders. Second-placed Linfield have closed the gap on the Crues to two points thanks to a comfortable win over the Mallards. We'll have the reaction from this afternoon's action and the quarter-final draw for the League Cup.
Kyle Owens heads in for the 10-man Sky Blues from a free-kick - Crues defender Colin Coates cannot keep it out. What drama!
Five minutes of added time to be played - are the champions heading to their first defeat of the season? A season they started by beating Ballymena 6-0....
The deadlock is finally broken on 89 minutes with Jonathan Smith netting a penalty after he was brought down by keeper Andy Coleman.
Paul Smyth pounces on an underhit backpass and takes the ball round keeper James McGrath before netting for the impressive Blues. Great response after Wednesday's heavy defeat at Ballymena and with Crusaders drawing, Linfield could close the gap on the leaders to three points.
Ballymena keeper Ross Glendinning is sent off for handling the ball after racing out of the penalty area. Young replacement goalie Ben McCauley comes on with striker Cathair Friel the man coming off.
Sky Blues boss David Jeffrey would snap your arm off for a point right now - 15 to go.
Glenavon are down to 10 men as former Carrick defender Andrew Doyle is shown a straight red following an off-the-ball incident with 15 minutes left.
Reds skipper Jason McGuinness scores on 73 minutes, getting up to head in from a Ruairi Harkin corner.
It's looking like four wins out of five in the Premiership for Gerard Lyttle's side.
The Swifts go close to an opener as Chris Hegarty sees his header crash off the crossbar. That came after Glentoran wasted an opportunity with Curtis Allen firing his shot straight at keeper Andy Coleman.
This looks done and dusted as Mark Haughey sends his downward header into the Mallards net from Niall Quinn's corner after 56 minutes.
Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter bags two goals for the club in the first half of a Seaview game against Ballymena.
We go back to 1995 and Stephen Baxter is on target at the Ballymena Showground as Crusaders clinch the Gibson Cup.
Ballymena United 1-1 Crusaders
Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon
Cliftonville 1-0 Ards
Dunganon Swifts 0-0 Glentoran
Linfield 2-0 Ballinamallard United
Glenavon's Eoin Bradley fluffs an open goal in the first half at Carrick Rangers.
Tony Kane penalty in 35th minute.
Ballymena get level as defender Tony Kane converts a spot-kick after Cathair Friel is brought down by Michael Gault just inside the box. That's eight out of eight penalties for Kane this season. Gault gets a yellow card which is the correct decision under the changed 'last man' rule. Last season he guilty party wold have been off.
Daniel Hughes continues his fine run by putting Cliftonville into a 31st minute lead at Solitude. Jude Winchester played the ball in and former Warrenpoint striker Hughes finished into the corner.
Northern Ireland midfielder Sammy Clingan puts the Blues two up with his delightful curling free-kick sneaking inside the near-post from 25 yards. The goal came on 32 minutes and it's nothing more than the dominant hosts deserve.
Jim Ervin OG 27th minute
Some brilliant play by former Ballymena United winger David Cushley leads to the opening goal at the Showgrounds. His low ball into the goalmouth is flicked on by Paul Heatley and then deflected in by defender Jim Ervin.
Carrick's Adam Salley goes through one-on-one with Glenavon keeper Jonathan Tuffey but puts his shot side.
Glentoran are having the better of the early exchanges at Stangmore Park against free-scoring Dungannon. Eric Foley went close with a long-range shot while striker Curtis Allen is causing problems for the Swifts defence.
Cliftonville's Levi Ives shoots just wide after being put in by a Jay Donnelly pass.
At the other end, Joe McKinney sends a effort over the bar.
The Blues strike first at Windsor Park as striker Andrew Waterworth is sent clear by Niall Quinn and he rounds keeper James McGrath to slot home a sixth minute opener.