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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Lyle Jackson and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

That's your lot

Irish Premiership

Are you not entertained!? We certainly are, anyway. Five games, 24 goals, and tons of action from today's Irish Premiership games. Make sure to catch all of today's highlights which will be on the BBC Sport NI website later this evening.

Crusaders host Ballinamallard United on Monday night looking to restore their seven-point advantage over Linfield at the top. 

We will be back next week for another action-packed Saturday afternoon as the Coleraine winning machine host Crusaders in a mouthwatering game at the Showgrounds. 

We're off for a cuppa in front of the Ireland match now. 

What they said

Glenavon 1-2 Coleraine

Oran Kearney speaking on Sportsound about his side's comeback victory over the Lurgan Blues today. 

I'm more concerned about the win as opposed to third spot. It's good to be third at the end of the season so it's nice to move up a position but the key was coming here and putting in another good performance. We scored two excellent goals today and that's pleasing to see because Jamie McGonigle is really starting to mature even though he's only 21. We've got huge games coming thick and fast so it's important that we kept the momentum going.

Oran KearneyColeraine boss
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney
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Coleraine boss Oran Kearney

What they said

Carrick Rangers 3-2 Portadown

I think it's a vital win, because a loss would have given them some hope. It's a great result and the performance was outstanding, one of the best I've seen from the team since I've been here. I thought having two strikers gave us that attacking edge and we regrouped well in the second-half. Our third goal was fortuitous but sometimes you need that bit of luck.

Aaron CallaghanCarrick Rangers manager
Carrick boss Aaron Callaghan
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Carrick boss Aaron Callaghan

What they said

Ballymena United 2-4 Glentoran

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter moonlighted as BBC Radio Ulster's summariser this afternoon and was particularly effusive in his praise of free-scoring Glentoran, as they ran riot at the Ballymena Showgrounds. 

They were good value for it, they played particularly well. Once Glentoran got themselves in front, they were relentless, getting great crosses into Curtis Allen, who proved that he's a master craftsman. They were well in control of this game and deserved the win.

Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager and Sportsound summariser

What they said

Linfield 5-1 Ards

Blues centurion Andrew Waterworth speaking on Sportsound about bagging his 100th for Linfield during their 5-1 demolition of Ards at Windsor Park. 

I'm flattered with the well wishes. I'm pleased and it was a long time coming because I missed a couple of sitters before that. I love scoring goals and I'm happiest when I'm on the pitch scoring and long may it continue. I actually remember scoring my first in a Linfield shirt, out in the Faroe Islands, not realising I'd broken my leg, so that was quite funny. But, I'm still enjoying playing and I'm more relaxed because I'm older so it's great to be able to contribute to this Linfield side.

Andrew WaterworthLinfield striker
Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth
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Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth

What they said

Glenavon 1-2 Coleraine

I'm very happy, it is the first time we have beaten Glenavon this season. We play them again in the cup semi-final in the couple of weeks, but I don't think this result will have any bearing on that. We have a massive game on Tuesday night against Ballymena, so that is all we are thinking about now.

Oran KearneyColeraine manager

What they said

Ballymena 2-4 Glentoran

'It's a nice chance. We were really on it today. We started on the front foot. We were hungry from the outset and that gave us a platform from which we built on. I think overall we showed more belief and that's pleasing. We had a chat during the week because we know we haven't been delivering but they certainly did today.

Gary HaveronGlentoran manager
Glentoran boss Gary Haveron
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Glentoran boss Gary Haveron

What they said

Linfield 5-1 Ards

It was nice to get the 100 - I thought I might be stuck on 99 for a while like the cricketers. But the most important thing was the result. There was pressure on us because we needed the three points. We can just look after ourselves and do our own jobs

Andrew Waterworth Linfield's 100-goal striker

FULL-TIME

Linfield 5-1 Ards

Another win for Linfield. David Healy's men have won 11 and drawn the other in a great 12-game run in all competitions.

The Blues are now four points behind leaders Crusaders but the champions can restore the seven-point gap by beating Ballinamallard United at Seaview on Monday night.

GOAL

Linfield 5-1 Ards

Aaron Burns nets a late goal with a close-range shot to wrap up Linfield's comprehensive victory.

FULL-TIME

Glenavon 1-2 Coleraine

Coleraine have done it. Oran Kearney's side came from behind with two goals from Jamie McGonigle to clinch all three points at Mourneview in a cracking, end-to-end game. 

The two sides will meet again, of course, in a fortnight in the Irish Cup semi-final and hopefully we get more of the same attacking football that was on show today. 

That's 11 wins and a draw in their last 12 games for Coleraine.

FULL-TIME

Carrick Rangers 3-2 Portadown

FULL-TIME

Ballymena Utd 2-4 Glentoran

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 2-4 Glentoran

A consolation goal for United in the dying seconds with Conor McCloskey netting for the hosts.

RED CARD

Linfield 4-1 Ards

Ards defender Johnny Taylor is sent-off at Windsor Park for two yellow-card misdemeanors.

FULL-TIME

Dungannon 2-2 Cliftonville

It's all over at Stangmore and a thoroughly entertaining game finishes 2-2. A point apiece seems fair on the balance of play. 

HITS THE WOODWORK

Dungannon 2-2 Cliftonville

The visitors are denied by the crossbar! Cliftonville are piling the pressure on now as they look to snatch a dramatic late win, which they need seeing that Coleraine are beating Glenavon. 

Brazilian star catching the eye

Glenavon 1-2 Coleraine

Do not adjust your reality. There is, in fact, some Brazilian magic to behold at Mourneview Park. 

Renato Devicchi Martins - who Glenavon fans hope is as good as his name - brings supporters to the edge of their seats as he skips past a few challenges to get himself into a promising position. 

However, unlike some of his illustrious compatriots, there's no end product.

Three for Allen

Ballymena United 1-4 Glentoran

Here's how Curtis Allen completed his hat-trick for Glentoran at the Showgrounds.

Sublime ball from Nacho Novo puts Curtis Allen in for his hat-trick

HUGE CHANCE!

Glenavon 1-2 Coleraine

Oh, will Coleraine live to rue this miss!? Kee releases Parkhill with a defence-splitting pass but the midfielder flashes his shot wide. 

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 1-4 Glentoran

Curtis Allen completes his hat-trick in style with a classy strike past Tim Allen. The east Belfast visitors are capitalising on the extra man after Cathair Friel's first-half dismissal.  

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 1-3 Glentoran

It's looking bleak for the 10-man Sky Blues as Glentoran extend their advantage on 72 minutes. Nacho Novo delivers the corner and midfielder Steven Gordon powers his header into the net.

GOAL

Linfield 4-1 Ards

Stephen Lowry scores Linfield's fourth with a cool finish past Ards keeper Aaron Hogg.

Linfield have the points in the bag and they'll be four behind leaders and champions Crusaders who host Ballinamallard United on Monday night.

Coleraine not sitting back

Glenavon 1-2 Coleraine

They may have got their noses in front, but the Bannsiders are still throwing bodies forward with every attack. It's very possible, looking at the complexion of the game, that Glenavon may find some joy on the counter-attack. The home side have played with freedom and imagination this afternoon, and a defeat would be hard to stomach. 

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 3-2 Portadown

Rangers take the lead for the third time and there was a touch of fortune with the goal. The impressive TJ Murray swings in a cross which evades everyone and finds the top corner of the Portadown net. 

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 1-2 Glentoran

Glentoran are back in front a minute after the United leveller - Curtis Allen fires into the bottom corner after good work from Marcus Kane.

CLOSE!

Glenavon 1-2 Coleraine

Glenavon need to chase this game and chasing it they are. A superb cross from Andy Hall finds Bates, but the big striker puts his header over the bar. Tempted not to jinx matters by saying there's definitely more goals in this...but, there's definitely more goals in this. 

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 1-1 Glentoran

United may be down to 10 players but they've equalised at the Showgrounds, courtesy of Johnny Flynn netting from a Tony Kane free-kick. The defender managed to get a touch on the free-kick and that was enough to take the ball past Elliott Morris.

GOAL

Dungannon 2-2 Cliftonville

Cliftonville have equalised and it's Daniel Hughes with an unerring header! They're right back in it at Stangmore. 

Hughes punished a defensive lapse in concentration and it's been coming since the restart, as Lyttle replaced goal-scorer Haire with Jay Donnelly, who has duly injected some much-needed urgency into Cliftonville's play. 

Daniel Hughes heads Cliftonville level against Dungannon

Watch Waterworth

Linfield 3-1 Ards

See how Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth scored his 100th goal for the Belfast club. It put the Blues 3-1 up against Ards just before half-time.

Andrew Waterworth scores his 100th Linfield goal

GOAL

Glenavon 1-2 Coleraine

Coleraine have turned it around, and what a goal it is! After a rapid attack on the break, Eoin Bradley controlled the ball well before finding McGonigle with a hooked ball around the corner under pressure, who finished with aplomb for his second of the afternoon!

We thought there would be goals and entertainment in this one and it certainly hasn't disappointed. Now it's Glenavon's turn to chase the game. Absorbing second-half in prospect. 

HITS THE WOODWORK

Glenavon 1-1 Coleraine

Straight from the restart, Simon Kelly hits the underside of the crossbar with a header from a corner! The defender goes agonisingly close to putting the Lurgan Blues 2-1 up. 

Blues do the cam-cam!

Linfield 3-1 Ards


          Cameron Stewart celebrates after putting Linfield in front against Ards at Windsor Park
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Cameron Stewart celebrates after putting Linfield in front against Ards at Windsor Park

Deserved lead for Glens

Ballymena Utd 0-1 Glentoran

Glentoran have looked menacing on the break - Curtis Allen is lively in attack and the visitors are good value for their lead.

Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager and Saturday Sportsound summariser

HALF-TIME

Irish Premiership

Ballymena United 0-1 Glentoran

Carrick Rangers 2-2 Portadown  

Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Cliftonville

Glenavon 1-1 Coleraine

Linfield 3-1 Ards

CLOSE!

Dungannon 2-1 Cliftonville

Rather fittingly, a goalmouth scramble brings a frenetic and wildly entertaining half to a close. Dungannon's corner ended up being knocked around the penalty area like a pinball but they failed to capitalise on some chaotic Cliftonville defending. 

Well, Gerard Lyttle will almost certainly have strong words for his players in the dressing room as they have lacked composure and organisation at the back after Haire bagged the early opener. Mitchell has been a potent presence up front for the Swifts, and the away side have struggled to keep the league's deadliest marksman under wraps. 

GOAL

Linfield 3-1 Ards

Andy Waterworth scores his 100th goal for Linfield. Paul Smyth set it up, getting to the bye-line and passing for the grateful striker.

Andy Waterworth reaches his Linfield century
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Andy Waterworth reaches his Linfield century

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 2-2 Portadown

Portadown equalise for a second time and it's Marcio Soares again. The forward slots past Brian Neeson from the edge of the area on the stroke of half-time.

CHANCE!

Glenavon 1-1 Coleraine

Guy Bates has a chance to restore Glenavon's lead but his shot is straight at Johns. Meanwhile, Mark Sykes comes on to replace Rhys Marshall. 

Anxious Andy

Linfield 2-1 Ards

Five minutes before the break at Windsor and Andrew Waterworth runs through, looking set for his 100th goal for Linfield. But no, a heavy touch lets the striker down and the ball runs on to be collected by visiting keeper Aaron Hogg.

Still think he'll get that century today, though.