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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

That's your lot

Bye for now

Well, thankfully we've returned to relative peace and quiet after another thrilling and dramatic day in the Premiership title race. Chelsea may already have the Premier League wrapped up, but the local fight for supremacy promises to go all the way to the wire.

It's as we were at the summit, with Crusaders maintaining their slender one-point lead over Linfield. 

Look out for all the day's goals on the BBC Sport NI website tonight and be sure to join us for coverage of a full programme of six league matches on Tuesday night. 

There's a few tasty matches in prospect, too, as Crusaders host in-form Coleraine while Linfield entertain the occasionally entertaining Glenavon. 

At the other end of the table, Portadown travel to Ards hoping to delay their likely relegation once again, while Carrick Rangers host Glentoran and Ballinamallard United welcome Dungannon Swifts to Stangmore Park. 

What they said

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

I thought we started slowly but when we scored the two goals that really lifted us and we were happy with how we played after that. The manager asked me to get back and defend as well so it was a tough job but, as I said, once we got the second goals it was fairly comfortable. At the end of the day, it's another win and we can now concentrate on another big game on Tuesday night.

Jordan OwensCrusaders striker
Crusaders striker and Cliftonville captain Jason McGuinness
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Crusaders striker and Cliftonville captain Jason McGuinness

What they said

Ballymena 0-2 Linfield

We knew this was a hard place to come but obviously with the confidence we've built up thanks to the result last week, we were able to do a professional job and deliver three points. It was tight for a long time at 1-0 but we were eventually able to kill the game off. I thought we dominated from start to finish though and we nullified Ballymena's threats. We've been chasing Crusaders all season so nothing's really changed and all we need to do is continue winning games.

Jamie MulgrewLinfield midfielder

What they said

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

Stephen Baxter hails his players after their comeback victory over Cliftonville. 

My heart rate wasn't good watching that in the second-half, I can tell you that. It was tough viewing but I thought we gave a stunning performance here today and definitely showed our never say die attitude. Jordan Owens has struggled to be fit for this game but he's delivered with two massively important goals for us today. But there's still a long way to go, and we're expecting three hotly-contested matches to come. The title race is far from over and I've said that time and timer again. Linfield are a top team but we just have to keep focusing on what we're doing.

Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter
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Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter

FULL-TIME

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

There's the final whistle and Crusaders have recorded an enormous win at Solitude. The champions take a huge step towards retaining their title after Jordan Owens's headed double. It keeps them one point clear of Linfield. Brilliant game. 

Cliftonville certainly contributed majorly to the drama today. Levi Ives also struck twice to cancel out Michael Carvill's opener, but they weren't able to hang on as Crusaders dug deep to complete another comeback win and guarantee their place at the head of affairs. 

Crues goalkeeper Sean O'Neill - who made a remarkable double save late on to deny Cliftonville a point - runs to the away supporters and celebrates like they've won the title. They haven't yet, of course, but nobody can deny what a significant win this could turn out to be. 

We're away to catch our breath for a minute, but stay with us for post-match reaction!

FULL-TIME

Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Glentoran

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Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

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Carrick Rangers 2-2 Ards

Carrick will finish in the bottom two along with Portadown. Ballinamallard United retain their Premiership status.

FULL-TIME

Ballymena 0-2 Linfield

It's all over at the Showgrounds. Impressive performance and win from the Blues. 

SAVE!

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

Jaimie McGovern is denied by a combination of keeper and defender on the line. Crusaders fans' hearts would have stopped for a second there. 

Stoppage time...

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

The Crues are agonisingly close to a massive victory! Two minutes to go now...

GOAL

Ballymena 0-2 Linfield

It's game over as Andrew Waterworth streaks clear and fires the Blues into a surely unassailable two-goal lead. A job well done by David Healy's side at the Showgrounds. 

GOAL

Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

James Singleton heads in a later equaliser. 

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Glentoran

Jamie Glackin puts the Swifts in front with a minute remaining. Dungannon closing in on a comeback win which would keep them in seventh place and on course for a Europa League play-off place.

DOUBLE SAVE!

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

O'Neill's the hero for Crusaders! He denies Cliftonville not once, but twice from close-range. Brilliant piece(s) of goalkeeping from the big man to deny Ross Lavery, get up quickly and thwart Daniel Reynolds. 

If Crusaders go on to lift the trophy next month, they will surely look back at that moment as equally as pivotal to Owens' goals. 

The Reds are giving this a real go now, in what has turned into a frenetic, end-to-end game of football. Cracking stuff. 

MISS!

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

Heatley could have put the game to bed but it's not to be! The forward is played in one-on-one with the keeper and tries to chip him, only to misjudge his effort and fire it over. 

A little bit more panache was required there, but it looks very much like the stuffing has been knocked out of Cliftonville after Owens's one-two punch. 

Rangers need a goal

Carrick Rangers 2-2 Ards

Carrick will finish in the bottom two, most likely in the relegation play-off spot, unless they can clinch a late winner.

SAVE!

Ballymena 0-1 Linfield

Well Ballymena haven't been at their best today, but Tim Allen hasn't done his reputation any harm. His latest in a growing portfolio of impressive saves is to deny Niall Quinn's powerfully-struck free-kick. 

Watch: Jordan Owens puts Crusaders back in the driving seat

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders (L)

Two headed goals from Jordan Owens puts Crusaders back in the driving seat

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Glentoran

Chris Hegarty levels for the Swifts in the 70th minute - the defender heads home from Jarlath O'Rourke's corner.

What a header!

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

Owens uses his head brilliantly yet again, but this time it's to bail out his side's defenders! The striker was well positioned to jump and head a cross behind for a corner, a crucial intervention with Jason McGuinness ready to score from point-blank range. 

GOAL

Coleraine 1-0 Glenavon

Darren McCauley fires the Bannsiders in front on 70 minutes with a backpost volley from Ian Parkhill's cross. Could be a vital goal in Coleraine's bid to clinch third place and with it Europa League football.

O'Neill shoulders on!

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

GOAL

Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

Unbelievable! Owens scores again! 

Isn't this just typical of Crusaders? They never know when to give up and have turned this game right around in their favour in the blink of an eye!

Owens rises to meet another cross - this time from the right - and his effort was once again too much for Burke, who got his gloves on it but only helped it over the line. 

What a rollercoaster of emotions this has been on the Crusaders bench. They just don't do things the easy way. Breathless stuff at Solitude. 

GOAL

Cliftonville 2-2 Crusaders

Owens equalises with a towering header!

Well, once again, Crusaders are rescued by the quality of their two star players. Paul Heatley did well down the left flank to make space for a cross and deliver it pinpoint for Owens, who got plenty of his power behind his header.  

YELLOW CARD

Cliftonville 2-1 Crusaders

Oh dear. Crusaders break but Caddell tries to play the killer pass a little hastily. It's easily intercepted and the midfielder's reaction is to lunge in with a nasty challenge, rightfully leading to a yellow card. 

Watch: Levi Ives gives Cliftonville the lead at Solitude

Levi Ives' deflected shot gives Cliftonville the lead early in the second half

JUST WIDE!

Ballymena 0-1 Linfield

Allen is helpless this time as Smyth fires another shot towards his goal but, luckily for the Sky Blues keeper, it's just inches wide. Linfield remain firmly in control here. It's been a comfortable afternoon for David Healy's men but the longer it stays 1-0, the more uncomfortable the Blues boss's seat in the stands will become!

CLOSE!

Ballymena 0-1 Linfield

Smyth's glancing header is brilliantly saved by Allen! Ballymena are hanging on by the skin of their teeth right now as Linfield look to close the game off. 

Reds scenting blood

Cliftonville 2-1 Crusaders

The game's complexion has completely transformed. With those two goals, Cliftonville are riding the crest of a wave and Crusaders suddenly look all over the place at the back. 

Things nearly got even worse for the visitors when Sean O'Neill went down in the box with a shoulder injury, but the medical team have successfully popped it back into place and he's cleared to continue (don't try that at home!)

GOAL

Cliftonville 2-1 Crusaders

WOW! A stunning strike from Ives fires Cliftonville into the lead!

A minute after the restart and Sean O'Neill is picking the ball out from the back of his net once again. Baxter will be wondering what's going on here - Crusaders were 1-0 up and looking relatively comfortable but they've suffered a mini-collapse.

The rest of the second-half is now an almighty test of their character.

Watch Final Score on BBC1 NI at 17:00 BST

Final Score on BBC1 NI at 17:00

Watch: Levi Ives draws Cliftonville level with this strike

Cliftonville 1-1 Crusaders (HT)

Levi Ives draws Cliftonville level with this strike

Half-time thoughts

Ballymena 0-1 Linfield

An interesting nugget of tactical analysis from Roy Walker at the Showgrounds, who has identified Paul Smyth as key in unlocking that three-man Ballymena defence. 

It's been impressive from a Linfield perspective. Paul Smyth, in particular, has been brilliant, with his pace and low centre of gravity. He's caused Ballymena plenty of problems and their three-man defence don't know whether to stick or twist when he stays out wide and gives the Blues that outlet. With Andrew Waterworth constantly running off the ball as well, Ballymena's defenders are being pulled out of position.

Roy WalkerSportsound summariser

Premiership half-times

Ballymena Utd 0-1 Linfield

Carrick Rangers 2-2 Ards

Cliftonville 1-1 Crusaders

Coleraine 0-0 Glenavon

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Glentoran

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 2-2 Ards

Rangers were 2-0 down six minutes ago but they are now level - Paddy McNally equalises on the stroke of half-time with a bullet header from a corner.

GOAL

Cliftonville 1-1 Crusaders

What an equaliser! Cliftonville produce a beautiful passing sequence that ends with Levi Ives firing in a cracker! What a time to get it!

The Reds have largely failed to string together a lot of meaningful attacks, but that was vintage stuff, with swift passing and moving leaving the Crusaders defenders helpless as Jay Donnelly laid it on a plate for Ives, who finished with aplomb. 

It's worth noting that Gavin Whyte tested Peter Burke a minute before that, swiveling menacingly to engineer space and force the save from the substitute Reds keeper.  

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 1-2 Ards

Indeed, two quick goals in Carrick. Guillaume Keke's deflected strike from 20 yards hits the bottom corner to double the visitor's lead, but Rangers hit back as Martin Murray smashes home.  

Watch: Carvill grabs a vital goal for Crusaders title hopes

Cliftonville 0-1 Crusaders

Michael Carvill bundles in from close range for Crusaders

CLOSE!

Ballymena 0-1 Linfield

It's been too easy for Linfield so far. Their captain, Jamie Mulgrew, surges through midfield and unleashes a fierce drive from 20 yards which whistles just over the bar.