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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig and Lyle Jackson

All times stated are UK

Signing off

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.

Late kick-off

Portadown 0-0 Coleraine

Portadown's match against Coleraine has just started - keep up to date here

NI League Cup quarter-final draw

Carrick Rangers v Dungannon Swifts

Coleraine v Crusaders

Warrenpoint Town v Ballymena Utd

Glenavon v Cliftonville

To be played on Wednesday, 16 November

What they said

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon

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.

Aaron CallaghanNew Carrick manager

What they said

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Glentoran

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.

Gary HaveronGlentoran manager

What they said

Linfield 4-0 Ballinamallard Utd

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.

David HealyLinfield manager

What they said

Ballymena Utd 2-1 Crusaders

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.

David JeffreyBallymena manager

Tight at the top

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.

FULL-TIME

Ballymena United 2-1 Crusaders

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Linfield 4-0 Ballinamallard United

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Cliftonville 2-0 Ards

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Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon

GOAL

Ballymena United 2-1 Crusaders

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....

Ballymena United with a late wining goal

FULL-TIME

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Glentoran

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Glentoran

The deadlock is finally broken on 89 minutes with Jonathan Smith netting a penalty after he was brought down by keeper Andy Coleman.

GOAL

Linfield 4-0 Ballinamallard United

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.

Paul Smyth makes it 4-0 to Linfield

RED CARD

Ballymena United 1-1 Crusaders

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.

RED CARD

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon

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.

GOAL

Cliftonville 2-0 Ards

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.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Dungannon Swifts 0-0 Glentoran

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.  

Callaghan in charge

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon

Aaron Callaghan delivers instructions to the Carrick team in his first game as Rangers boss
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Aaron Callaghan delivers instructions to the Carrick team in his first game as Rangers boss

GOAL

Linfield 3-0 Ballinamallard

This looks done and dusted as Mark Haughey sends his downward header into the Mallards net from Niall Quinn's corner after 56 minutes. 

Mark Haughey scores for Linfield to make it 3-0

Commitment

Cliftonville 1-0 Ards

Ards defender Johnny Taylor puts his head in where it hurts to deny Cliftonville's Daniel Hughes a strike on goal
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Ards defender Johnny Taylor puts his head in where it hurts to deny Cliftonville's Daniel Hughes a strike on goal

Linfield 2-0 Ballinamallard

Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth celebrates his early goal against Ballinamallard with Paul Smyth
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Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth celebrates his early goal against Ballinamallard with Paul Smyth

Half-time archive

Baxter at the double in 1996

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter bags two goals for the club in the first half of a Seaview game against Ballymena.

Baxter 1996

Half-time archive

Baxter helps Crues to title

We go back to 1995 and Stephen Baxter is on target at the Ballymena Showground as Crusaders clinch the Gibson Cup.

Crues win Gibson Cup at Ballymena in 1995

Late kick off
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Late kick off

HALF-TIME

Irish Premiership

Ballymena United 1-1 Crusaders

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon

Cliftonville 1-0 Ards

Dunganon Swifts 0-0 Glentoran

Linfield 2-0 Ballinamallard United

HALF-TIME

Dungannon Swifts 0-0 Glentoran

Bradley misses mystery

How did he not score?

Glenavon's Eoin Bradley fluffs an open goal in the first half at Carrick Rangers.

Eoin Bradley won't want to see this again

GOAL

Ballymena United 1-1 Crusaders

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.

GOAL

Cliftonville 1-0 Ards

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.

Daniel Hughes celebrates scoring for Cliftonville

GOAL

Linfield 2-0 Ballinamallard

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.

Sammy Clingan's free kick beats Mallards 'keeper James McGrath
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Sammy Clingan's free kick beats Mallards 'keeper James McGrath

GOAL

Ballymena United 0-1 Crusaders

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. 

Jim Ervin own goal gives Crusaders the lead

CLOSE!

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon

Carrick's Adam Salley goes through one-on-one with Glenavon keeper Jonathan Tuffey but puts his shot side.

Glens make bright start

Dungannon v Glentoran

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.

CLOSE!

Cliftonville 0-0 Ards

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.

GOAL

Linfield 1-0 Ballinamallard

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.

Andrew Waterworth scores his first league goal of the season

Linfield v Ballinamallard United