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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

Full-time

That's it for this week, thanks for following all the action with us. We'll get working now on putting videos of all today's goals up on the BBC Sport NI website ASAP. On Monday night, the Irish League Show on the BBC iPlayer will chew over the major talking points.

How they stand

Irish Premiership table

Irish Premiership table
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Irish Premiership table

Ports in more trouble?

Portadown 3-1 Ards

Are bottom club Portadown facing another crisis? Questions are being asked at Shamrock Park about whether midfielder Robert Garrett should have been playing against Ards.

Remember, the Ports had a 12-point deduction slapped on them in a disciplinary case before the start of the season.

According to the list of suspensions on the Irish FA's website, the former Linfield man was to serve a one-match ban for five bookings, commencing on Monday 24 October. As the Ports did not have a midweek match it means, on the face of it, Garrett should have sat out today's match. By the way, he scored in the 3-1 victory.

We've asked Portadown temporary manager Vinny Arkins about it, and he says he checked with the club about suspensions and was told Garrett was fine to play as his ban did not come into effect until next week.

Word from Shamrock Park is that Ards might have other ideas on the matter. But surely Portadown have not made another administrative blunder, surely, surely not.

IFA's suspensions list
IFA
IFA's suspensions list

What they said

Carrick Rangers 1-2 Glentoran

Curtis Allen took his opportunity well today and hopefully it is the start of a wee run for him. It is great to have strikers who are scoring goals.

Gary HaveronGlentoran manager

What they said

Cliftonville 3-0 Glenavon

We had a few words at half-time and came out better in the second half. It is all about seeing out matches in winning positions because we feel we have dropped points we shouldn't have this season

Ruairi HarkinCliftonville

What they said

Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

There was a lot riding on the match and Linfield were pushing towards the end. Things spilled over a bit at the end but there was not much in it, just a bit of shirt pulling. Jordan hit the bar in the first half and we had a few chances in the second. On the whole, there was not a lot in it.

Colin CoatesCrusaders captain

FULL-TIME

Linfield 0-0 Crues

A disappointing game and it's now 180 minutes of league action without a goal between the top two.

FULL-TIME

Ballymena 4-0 Ballinamallard

The Sky Blues bounce back impressively from last week's defeat with a ruthless dismantling of a poor Mallards side. Johnny McMurray was the star man for Ballymena with two goals in another eye-catching attacking display. 

FULL-TIME

Portadown 3-1 Ards

The Ports remain bottom but a spirited comeback win will boost their confidence.

Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

Crues boss Stephen Baxter is sent to the stands in a fiery finish - just seconds left.

FULL-TIME

Carrick 1-2 Glentoran

Gary Haveron has guided Glentoran to a hard-fought victory over his former side thanks to goals from Steven Gordon and Curtis Allen. 

FULL-TIME

Cliftonville 3-0 Glenavon

It's all over at Solitude and Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle will be delighted with his side's performance today. 

YELLOW CARD

Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

Paul Heatley could have seen red for a heavy challange on Andrew Waterworth but gets away with a yellow. Linfield's Matthew Clarke shoves Heatley in response and also goes in the book. Getting a bit fiesty at Windsor. 

Carrick 1-2 Glentoran

Starting to get a bit tempestuous now as the handbags come out between Allen and Murray, but neither player is booked. Glentoran edging closer to a third straight win. 

GOAL

Portadown 3-1 Ards

A big turnaround at Shamrock Park as the Ports come from behind to take a two-goal lead courtesy of a Brendan Shannon penalty on 78 minutes after a foul on Aaron Haire.

Video: Ports lead against Ards

Portadown 2-1 Ards

Watch as goals by Robert Garrett and Stephen Hughes see Portadown come from behind to lead at home to Ards

Portadown take lead against Ards

CLOSE!

Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

Crusaders midfielder Jordan Forsythe has his goalbound shot blocked and the ball falls kindly to Gavin Whyte, but from 12 yards out and straight in front of goal the winger slices his effort high and wide.

GOAL

Cliftonville 3-0 Glenavon

David McDaid capitalises on some terrible defending to make it three for Cliftonville. Gary Hamilton will not want to see that one again. Lindsay tried to cushion a back pass to Jonathan Tuffey but was under hit and the Reds striker pounced to put some gloss on the scoreline for the north Belfast side. 

Video: Cliftonville at double

Cliftonville 2-0 Glenavon

Jason McGuinness and Ruairi Harkin score in the second half for the Reds at Solitude.

Cliftonville on top against Glenavon

GOAL

Ballymena 4-0 Ballinamallard

The misery for Mallards deepens as Friel nets a fourth for Ballymena. The Sky Blues are cruising now and the visitors need to stop the bleeding. 

GOAL

Portadown 2-1 Ards

The Ports net their second goal in nine minutes to go in front - Stephen Hughes lashes the ball into the top corner after 63 minutes. 

Another stalemate?

Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

The title contenders played out a scoreless draw at Seaview in August and this is on course for a repeat. The Crues go close as former Blues defender BJ Burns whistles his shot wide but not much in the way of goalmouth action since the restart.

Video: Ballymena goals

Ballymena 3-0 Ballinamallard

Watch Denver Gage and Johnny McMurray score to put David Jeffrey's Sky Blues 3-0 up

Ballymena in control against Ballinamallard

GOAL

Cliftonville 2-0 Glenavon

A quickfire double has catapulted Cliftonville into a two-goal lead after a brilliant long-ranged bullet from Ruairi Harkin. Glenavon beat Cliftonville 3-2 back in August with two late goals. Can Gary Hamilton's side complete another dramatic comeback this time?

GOAL

Cliftonville 1-0 Glenavon

The captain Jason McGuinness fires the Reds into the lead! The big centre-half latched onto Jaimie McGovern's cross with a brilliant header. Goals flying in all over the place!

GOAL

Portadown 1-1 Ards

Robert Garrett equalises for the Ports on 54 minutes. Niall Henderson delivers the corner and the former Linfield midfielder fires low into the Ards net.

GOAL

Carrick 1-2 Glentoran

The home side get one back through Paddy McNally. Game on!

GOAL

Ballymena 3-0 Ballinamallard

That's surely three points wrapped up for David Jeffrey's men now as McMurray adds his second of the afternoon on 49 minutes. The striker unleashed a devastating right-footed drive from distance to put the hosts into a commanding lead. 

Smiles at the Showgrounds

Ballymena 1-0 Ballinamallard

Tony Kane and scorer Johnny McMurray have every reason to be happy after Ballymena take the lead against the Mallards
Press Eye
Tony Kane and scorer Johnny McMurray have every reason to be happy after Ballymena take the lead against the Mallards

GOAL

Ballymena 2-0 Ballinamallard

Denver Gage scores for the Sky Blues!

GOAL

Carrick 0-2 Glentoran

Curtis Allen doubles Glentoran's advantage with a headed effort!

Curtis Allen scores for Glentoran

Carrick Rgs 0-1 Glentoran

It's congratulations time for Glentoran after Steven Gordon scores the only goal of the first half against Carrick Rangers
Press Eye
It's congratulations time for Glentoran after Steven Gordon scores the only goal of the first half against Carrick Rangers - so far so good for Glens boss Gary Haveron on his return to the Belfast Loughshore Arena

Ruddy spot-on for Ards

Portadown 0-1 Ards

Michael Ruddy celebrates scoring a controversial penalty which leaves Ards 1-0 in front against Portadown at Shamrock Park
Pacemaker
Michael Ruddy celebrates scoring a controversial penalty which leaves Ards 1-0 in front against Portadown at Shamrock Park

Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

Crusaders striker Jordan Owens connects with both the ball and the face of Linfield defender Mark Haughey in the top-two encounter at Windsor Park
Pacemaker
Crusaders striker Jordan Owens connects with both the ball and the face of Linfield defender Mark Haughey in the top-two encounter at Windsor Park

HALF-TIME

Premiership scores

Ballymena 1-0 Ballinamallard

Carrick Rgs 0-1 Glentoran

Cliftonville 0-0 Glenavon

Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

Portadown 0-1 Ards

HITS THE WOODWORK

Cliftonville 0-0 Glenavon

Now the visitors are denied by the frame of the goal after Eoin Bradley's 25-yard free-kick cannons off the post with Peter Burke well beaten. Almost a repeat of Bradley's beautiful effort against Ballymena last week. 

HITS THE WOODWORK

Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

This time it's the Blues who hit the crossbar. Ross Gaynor's mishit cross almost sneaks in as the ball skims the bar. 

GOAL

Ballymena 1-0 Ballinamallard

The Sky Blues are in front and it's Johnny McMurray with the goal. The striker continues his rich vein of form after meeting Cathair Friel's cross to expertly glance home his header. 

GREAT SAVE!

Portadown 0-1 Ards

Ports keeper Chris McGaughey produces a super stop to keep out a Gareth Tommons header. 

HITS THE WOODWORK

LInfield 0-0 Crusaders

The visitors go so close to an opener as Jordan Fosythe sees his shot crash off the Linfield crossbar.