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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Lyle Jackson and Richard Petrie

All times stated are UK

On the bus home

That's all for this week as Crusaders stretch their advantage at the top of the Irish Premiership to seven points. Join us next week to see what the chasing pack can do about it.

Match highlights

The rest of the action

Irish Premiership: Ballymena United 1-4 Dungannon Swifts
Irish Premiership: Linfield 1-2 Cliftonville
Irish Premiership: Coleraine 3-1 Ballinamallard
Irish Premiership: Carrick 1-1 Portadown

Match highlights

Crusaders 1-0 Ards

See how leaders Crusaders snatched a late win over Ards to extend their lead at the top of he table to seven points

Cushley strikes late Crues winner against Ards

Match highlights

Glenavon 1-1 Glentoran

The best bits from today's match at Mourneview Park.

Glenavon 1-1 Glentoran

What they said

Linfield 1-2 Cliftonville

We have to take full responsibility as players, we know where we went wrong and why we did not go on and win the game. I am bitterly disappointed for the Linfield fans because we desperately wanted to do it for them today. But we have to be upbeat and positive going into the next game because we know there is along way to go. That is what we will do because we are all accountable.

Andrew WaterworthLinfield striker
Andrew Waterworth scored but Linfield lost 2-1 at home to Cliftonville
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Andrew Waterworth scored but Linfield lost 2-1 at home to Cliftonville

What they said

Glenavon 1-1 Glentoran

We were the better side in the first 25 minutes and I was bitterly disappointed to go in 1-0 down at half-time. We got the equaliser and were unlucky not to get the win. But they put a lot of long balls into our box and our boys defended well. So, all in all, maybe a draw was a fair result.

Gary HaveronGlentoran manager

What they said

Linfield 1-2 Cliftonville

This is a massive result for us as we reduce the gap at the top. It was a big incentive as we wanted to get in amongst Crusaders and Linfield and to do that today was fantastic. We had a game plan and had Linfield watched and knew how they set up. The boys executed the plan perfectly and to see a young lad come on and score the winner was fantastic.

Gerard LyttleCliftonville manager

FULL-TIME

Glenavon 1-1 Glentoran

Honours even at Mourneview Park. The Lurgan Blues had James Singleton sent off for a second yellow card offence in the closing stages.

FULL-TIME

Linfield 1-2 Cliftonville

Cliftonville inflict a first home league defeat on Linfield for a year and with it put a dent in the Blues' title hopes, while rekindling their own ambitions of mounting a championship challenge. Ross Lavery is the toast of the red half of north Belfast tonight.

FULL-TIME

Crusaders 1-0 Ards

You have to feel sorry for Ards as they fall to a late Crusaders winner for the second time this season. On 4 September it was Jordan Owens who headed in to snatch a 1-0 win at Clandeboye. Today at Seaview, it was David Cushley's 20-yard shot which gave the champions a victory they barely deserved. It was only the second shot the leaders had on target all afternoon.

With second-placed Linfield losing to Cliftonville, Stephen Baxter's side are now seven points clear at the top of the table.

Three points for Stephen Baxter, disappointment for Niall Currie at Seaview
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Three points for Stephen Baxter, disappointment for Niall Currie at Seaview

GOAL

Crusaders 1-0 Ards

David Cushley's shot takes a slight deflection and gives leaders Crusaders the lead in the second minute of stoppage-time.

FULL-TIME

Coleraine 3-1 Ballinamallard Utd

Coleraine up to fourth and they'll be delighted to go above derby rivals Ballymena United on goal difference.

FULL-TIME

Ballymena Utd 1-4 Dungannon Swifts

Dungannon run out comfortable winners at the Showgrounds.

GOAL

Linfield 1-2 Cliftonville

Substitute Ross Lavery grabs a dramatic late goal for Cliftonville. Lavery bundles the ball home after an initial effort cannons off the post after the Reds put together the best move of the match. Paul Smyth initially caught in possession.

Ross Lavery with a late winner for Cliftonville

FULL-TIME

Carrick Rangers 1-1 Portadown

Carrick remain 10 points ahead of bottom club Portadown.

GOAL

Coleraine 3-1 Ballinamallard Utd

Neil McCafferty's 88th-minute penalty looks to have sealed the home win for Oran Kearney's side. Spot-kick awarded for a foul on Jordan Allan.

CLOSE!

Linfield 1-1 Cliftonville

Linfield goalkeeper produces a fine save from Stephen Garrett to keep it 1-1. Earlier, Peter Burke had made a good stop from Sean Ward. The two keepers playing a big part in the outcome of this one.

GOAL

Linfield 1-1 Cliftonville

Andrew Waterworth hammers the ball into the roof of the net to equalise for Linfield. The Blues striker pops up with a predator's instinct to find the net seven minutes from time.

Andrew Waterworth makes it Linfield 1-1 Cliftonville

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 1-1 Portadown

Eoin Kirwan with an 82nd-minute equaliser for the visitors. Sean Mackle's cross was palmed out by keeper Brian Neeson and substitute Kirwan's shot into the ground looped up and in

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 1-4 Dungannon Swifts

Andy Mitchell grabs his second of the match to surely make the points safe for the visitors. The striker finds the net with a neat flick past Ross Glendinning. A bad day at the office for David Jeffrey's side.

GOAL

Coleraine 2-1 Ballinamallard United

James McLaughlin puts the Bannsiders into a 73rd-minute lead.McLaughlin fires in the rebound after Jordan Allan's initial effort was saved.

James McLaughlin gives the Bannsiders the lead

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 1-3 Dungannon Swifts

Dungannon's day just gets better as a 70th-minute Kyle Owens own goal sees Rodney McAree's side increase their lead.

CLOSE!

Crusaders 0-0 Ards

Gavin Whyte plays the ball across and Crusaders winger Paul Heatley is inches wide with a volley. Then Ards have a chance and Sean O'Neill has to pull off a fine save from Ross Arthurs. 

The champions left it very late to snatch a 1-0 win away to Ards earlier in the season when Jordan Owens headed in deep into stoppage-time. They may need something similar at Seaview.

GOAL

Glenavon 1-1 Glentoran

Jay Magee brings Glentoran level with a well taken equaliser at Lurgan. The big defender sees his header crash off the underside of the bar and over the line after meeting a 65th-minute free-kick.

Jay Magee levels for Glentoran at Mourneview

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 1-0 Portadown

Adam Salley shoots in on 62 minutes to break the deadlock in the battle of the Premiership's bottom two. The ball was fed to the big striker on the edge of the box and he turned inside to fire low for his second goal of the season.

Adam Salley gives Carrick Rangers the lead against the Ports

GREAT SAVE!

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Portadown

After Carrick's League Cup quarter-final win over Dungannon Swifts on Wednesday, manager Aaron Callaghan said Brian Neeson was the best keeper in the Premiership. Neeson impresses again as he blocks out Portadown's Brendan Shannon to keep it 0-0.

GOAL

Linfield 0-1 Cliftonville

Daniel Hughes fires low into the bottom corner to put Cliftonville ahead on 52 minutes at Windsor Park. The dreary deadlock is broken and Linfield are in danger of suffering a first home league defeat since losing to the Reds on 14 November last year. 

Daniel Hughes fires Cliftonville into the lead at Windsor Park

Swifts quick out of the blocks

Ballymena Utd 1-2 Dungannon Swifts

Jarlath O'Rourke's neat finish saw Dungannon come from behind to lead Ballymena 2-1
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Jarlath O'Rourke's neat finish saw Dungannon come from behind to lead Ballymena 2-1

Belfast derby battle

Linfield 0-0 Cliftonville

Linfield's Jamie Mulgrew and Cliftonville's Ruairi Harkin vie for possession at Windsor Park
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Linfield's Jamie Mulgrew and Cliftonville's Ruairi Harkin vie for possession at Windsor Park

'Cooper' strike

Glenavon 1-0 Glentoran

Eoin Bradley celebrates with Glenavon's first-half goalscorer Joel Cooper
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Eoin Bradley celebrates with Glenavon's first-half goalscorer Joel Cooper

Blues go close

Linfield 0-0 Dungannon Swifts

Linfield almost break the deadlock just before half-time against Cliftonville as Niall Quinn's left-foot free-kick whistles wide of the post.

Snow covered Slemish

Ballymena Utd 1-2 Dungannon Swifts

Ballymena have a mountain to climb in the second half against Dungannon, who are looking for their first win in six league matches.

Slemish
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Slemish provides a scenic backdrop at Ballymena Showgrounds

HALF-TIME

Irish Premiership

Ballymena Utd 1-2 Dungannon Swifts

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Portadown

Coleraine 1-1 Ballinamallard Utd

Crusaders 0-0 Ards

Glenavon 1-0 Glentoran

Linfield 0-0 Portadown

Crusaders 0-0 Ards

Crusaders defender Colin Coates is carried off on a stretcher with his leg in a brace. Michael Gault comes on as substitute for the injured Crues skipper.

CLOSE!

Crusaders 0-0 Ards

Still no goals at Seaview. Closest so far has been Crues striker Jordan Owens whose header hits the bar, while at the other end Sean O'Neill saves from Kyle Cherry.

CLOSE!

Linfield 0-0 Cliftonville

Stephen Garrett goes close for the Reds with the best chance of the game so far. The Reds striker fires just wide of the post.

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 1-2 Dungannon Swifts

Jarlath O'Rourke nudges the Swifts in front at the Showgrounds, scoring with a low left-foot shot past Ross Glendinning after meeting a Ryan Harpur through ball on 26 minutes.

Jarlath O'Rourke puts Dungannon Swifts into the lead

GOAL

Glenavon 1-0 Glentoran

Glenavon take the lead against the run of play at Mourneview Park. Greg Moorhouse squares the ball to Joel Cooper, who slams home his fourth goal of the season in the 24th minute.

Joel Cooper gives Glenavon the lead against Glentoran

Stalemate at Windsor Park

Linfield 0-0 Cliftonville

Uninspiring stuff from both sides at the National Stadium so far with quality football and goalmouth action at a premium. It can only get better...can't it?

All square at Mourneview Park

Glenavon 0-0 Glentoran

Glentoran having the better of it so far, with Johnny Addis and Aaron Harmon both going close for Gary Haveron's side. No goals yet though.