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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

FULL-TIME

Portadown 1-1 Crusaders

That's it, folks! Portadown fought back to earn a well-earned point against Crusaders, who have seen their lead at the top shaved down to seven points. It could have easily been a win for Niall Currie's side, but they'll be more than pleased to back up their draw at Linfield with another encouraging result here. 

Irish Premiership highlights

Three dismissed in Solitude stalemate

Three players were sent-off as Cliftonville and Coleraine played out a scoreless draw in north Belfast.

Reds pair Paul Finnegan and Jaimie McGovern were red-carded in the second half along with Coleraine's Adam Mullan.

Both sides went close to a breakthrough but it ended all-square and third-placed Cliftonville remain four points clear of the Bannsiders.

Action from Cliftonville against Coleraine
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Action from Cliftonville against Coleraine

CLOSE!

Portadown 1-1 Crusaders

Yet more pressure from Portadown as Sean Mackle diverts his header just wide. Crusaders have really found themselves under the cosh in the second-half.

Irish Premiership highlights

Swifts and Ards share six goals at Stangmore

Dungannon Swifts and Ards come away with a point apiece after a wonderful 3-3 draw at Stangmore Park.

Guillame Keke scored the pick of the goals with a stunning strike in the 51st minute.

Cormac Burke made it 3-2 to the Swifts 11 minutes later before substitute Gary Liggett scored to rescue a point for the visitors.


          Ards Guillame Keke celebrates scoring against Dungannon Swifts
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Ards Guillame Keke celebrates scoring against Dungannon Swifts

SHOULD HAVE SCORED!

Portadown 1-1 Crusaders

Soares is found in the box by a wonderful Shea McGerrigan cross and the striker should have done better, glancing a header over the bar. Soares has caught the eye again tonight!

CLOSE!

Portadown 1-1 Crusaders

The home side are playing nice attacking football this evening. Foley did well to make space down the right and crossed it towards Soares, but the Crusaders defence intercepted crucially. More warning signs for Crues. 

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Portadown 1-1 Crusaders

Jordan Forsythe's effort from distance is deflected and, with Jack Duffin well and truly beaten, the ball flies just wide. That could have easily ended up in the back of the net. Crusaders have started the second-half with renewed intent - could be ominous for the home side. 

Whyte blazes over!

Portadown 1-1 Crusaders

Gavin Whyte has the first chance of the second-half but fires well over after finding himself in a promising position just outside the Portadown penalty area. 

It would be interesting if Portadown won. After dashing Linfield's hopes of catching the Crues with a draw at Windsor Park, they could give David Healy's men another lifeline by upsetting the leaders here. 

Irish Premiership highlights

Waterworth on target as Blues edge Glens

Andrew Waterworth scores the only goal to give title-chasing Linfield a 1-0 win over rivals Glentoran.

The strike struck from close range in the second half to clinch victory against his former club at the Oval.

Glens boss Gary Haveron reflected on the game while Waterworth looked ahead to next weekend's Irish Cup quarter-final against Crusaders.

Linfield's Andrew Waterworth
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Linfield's Andrew Waterworth

HALF-TIME

Portadown 1-1 Crusaders

Nothing to separate the sides at the end of an entertaining 45 minutes. If you're a Linfield fan, grab a quick cuppa and make sure to follow our coverage of the second-half. Portadown might do to the Crues what they couldn't quite do to you last week...

GOAL

Portadown 1-1 Crusaders

Marcio Soares levels! Well we said Portadown had been menacing and Soares - who has been impressive - slots past O'Neill. Plenty of noise inside Shamrock Park now. You would have to say Portadown are good value for it at this stage as Crusaders have yet to really threaten since Owens's superb opener.

Encouraging from Ports

Portadown 0-1 Crusaders

Portadown are definitely not letting Crusaders have it all their own way here. There have been a couple of decent attacking sequences from Niall Currie's men and there's more than enough evidence to suggest the champions will have to dig deep to pick up another three points. 

GREAT SAVE!

Portadown 0-1 Crusaders

The Ports haven't let their heads drop after going behind and Foley forces a great save from Sean O'Neill after being played through by a nice flick from Soares. Best passage of play from the hosts so far. 

What they said

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

We'll keep you updated with events at Shamrock Park, but here's some post-match reaction from earlier. 

I think the two teams cancelled each other out but where the referee got the three red cards from I'm not too sure. We have a player now that's going to miss a cup quarter-final next week because of a handball, and he was penalised for having his hands by his side.

Oran KearneyColeraine manager
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney
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Coleraine boss Oran Kearney

GOAL

Portadown 0-1 Crusaders

Jordan Owens opens the scoring for the league leaders at Shamrock Park!

We've seen some crackers today already, but that was something else! Masterfully plucking the ball out of the air, the big striker turned and unleashed an unstoppable drive into the top-corner. 

Just brilliant. 

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FULL-TIME

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

Boos ring out as the game finishes scoreless. Forgettable affair overall. 

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Ballinamallard 1-2 Ballymena

It's all over at Ferney Park and the points go to Ballymena!

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Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon

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Dungannon 3-3 Ards

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Glentoran 0-1 Linfield

CLOSE!

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon

The Lurgan Blues almost snatch a late winner as James Singleton heads just over from a corner.

RED CARD

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

A third red card! Cliftonville down to nine now as Jamie McGovern is shown his marching orders!

There's no argument about it - he led with his elbow while challenging McCaughan and had to go. 

Still no goals but plenty of drama in a tempestuous affair at Solitude!

RED CARD

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

Ten against ten! Adam Mullan has been sent off for a second yellow after using his hand to block a pass during a Cliftonville attack. His 100th appearance for the Bannsiders ends ignominiously.  

Fully committed!!!

Glentoran 0-1 Linfield

CLOSE!

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

Chris Ramsey has an effort blocked. Great defending. That's the closest Cliftonville have come. Interestingly, Finnegan's red card has done little to stop their search for a winner. Coleraine may get one or two chances on the break in the final six minutes. 

MISSED PENALTY

Ballinamallard 1-2 Ballymena

Brush atones for his earlier error with a fantastic save to deny Cathair Friel! David Jeffrey will be frustrated not to have killed the game off but Brush, whose calamitous error allowed McCloskey to score earlier in the half, keeps Mallards in the game!

Closing the gap

Glentoran 0-1 Linfield

The Blues are on course to cut the deficit to pacesetters Crusaders to six points but it's a precarious lead over the Glens. The hosts twice go close to a leveller with Jonathan Smith's goalbound shot blocked before Alex Moore keeps out a Chris Lavery strike. Just over 10 minutes left.

GOAL

Dungannon 3-3 Ards

There are level again as Ards forward Gary Liggett equalises against his former club with a free header after 75 minutes.

Moorhouse misses out

Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon

Glenavon go close to the breakthrough but Greg Moorhouse wastes a good opening after good work from Mark Sykes.

McCloskey fires over!

Ballinamallard 1-2 Ballymena

He's already found the net today, but McCloskey can't match the dead-ball brilliance of absent Tony Kane, firing a 20-yard free-kick well over the bar. 

Final Score

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RED CARD

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

Paul Finnegan has been shown a second yellow card after a late challenge on David Kee and Cliftonville will play the remaining 24 minutes with ten men. 

GOAL

Ballinamallard 1-2 Ballymena

Ballymena have edged ahead! They've come from behind to lead at Ferney Park and it's Conor McCloskey with the strike, pouncing on a mistake from Richard Brush! 

It wasn't as spectacular as his League Cup final strike, but Conor McCloskey has put @BallymenaUnited into the lead… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 3-2 Ards

Cormac Burke shoots the hosts into the lead for the first time with a curled right-foot shot from outside the area. Burke's fourth goal in four matches.

Lyttle switches it up

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle has seen enough and had made his first change, with defensive midfielder Kym Nelson being replaced by the more attack-minded Stephen Garrett. Jay Donnelly moves up alongside Daniel Hughes in attack. 

GOAL

Glentoran 0-1 Linfield

Blues striker Andrew Waterworth breaks the deadlock against his former club. Reece Glendinning's sent in a free-kick and the ball fell to Waterworth, who fired in from four yards on 62 minutes. Glens boss Gary Haveron reacts immediately by bringing on former Rangers forward Nacho Novo.

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SAVE!

Cliftonville 0-0 Coleraine

McGonigle comes closest to breaking the deadlock, sneaking in behind the Reds defence and forcing a smart save from Mooney at his near post with his feet. 

Cliftonville yet to get going...

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 2-2 Ards

Andrew Mitchell scores his 20th Premiership goal of the season as Dungannon equalise for a second time. The 23-year-old Glenavon-bound striker got on the end of a Thomas Lockhart corner to net from close-range. Ards boss Colin Nixon won't have been thrilled with the defending. We've played 55 minutes at Stangmore Park.

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 1-2 Ards

Guillaume Keke scores a brilliant goal to restore the visitors' lead. Keke started the day with just one league goal to his name this season - now he has three!

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CLOSE!

Glentoran 0-0 Linfield

Linfield have made a bright start to the second half and Jimmy Callacher blazes over the Glens bar from eight yards. A good chance squandered. Paul Smyth also goes close for the visitors, fizzing a shot just wide.