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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Matt Gault and Alvin McCaig

All times stated are UK

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Final whistle

We promised you drama and the Irish League climax didn't disappoint. Linfield prevailed to clinch the Premiership title but they were given an almighty scare by Cliftonville before Andrew Waterworth's second-half treble at Solitude. Commiserations to Crusaders - they hammered Glenavon but missed out a third straight Gibson Cup success.

That's all from us for now and a big thank-you for following our live text commentary throughout a thrilling league campaign. We're back for the Irish Cup final next Saturday so join us again as the Blues and Coleraine battle it out at Windsor Park.

A day to remember

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

Winning the league title for your club - Andrew Waterworth will never forget his hat-trick, which has brought a 52nd title to Windsor Park. 

Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth celebrates scoring in the Solitude victory
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Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth celebrates scoring in the Solitude victory

Linfield fans merrily tweeting!

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

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Linfield tweet
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Two-day double for Mulgrew

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

What a magical couple of days it's been for Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew. The midfielder was named Ulster Footballer of the Year on Friday and has tasted title success 24 hours later. Mulgrew could also get his hands on the Irish Cup if the Blues overcome Coleraine in next Saturday's decider. 

Blues skipper Jamie Mulgrew lifts the Gibson Cup at Solitude
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Blues skipper Jamie Mulgrew lifts the Gibson Cup at Solitude

What they said

Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

I think the real disappointment came last week, there was a feeling that we threw it away then and that meant we could enjoy this game today. We were able to put on a good performance for the fans and a good spectacle, and that's important because they have been phenomenal all season - this club is nothing without them. We won the title twice in a row and came so close this year and it's important not to lose sight of that. But it wasn't meant to be this year - we'll move on.

Paul HeatleyCrusaders forward

Linfield celebrate Premiership triumph

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

Linfield lift the Gibson Cup as they are crowned Irish Premiership champions for 2016-2017

Half-time talk does the trick for Blues

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

We don't make things easy for ourselves! I'm sure people were thinking that we had thrown it away. At half-time we knew it wasn't good enough and if we continued to play the way we were then we would not win the title. We had a few choice words with each other and it worked. One we got the equaliser I was confident we were going to win and we showed the ruthless streak needed to be champions.

Jamie MulgrewLinfield captain

What they said

Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

I asked for a big, show-stopping performance from the boys today and that's exactly what they delivered. We scored six goals and could have had more than that. We've had to fight without Colin Coates for five months of the season but I have nothing but admiration for the players here. There has been first-class effort but it hasn't happened for us. It's now on us to fight as hard as we can for next season.

Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager

Callaghan steps down as Carrick boss

Aaron Callaghan has resigned as Carrick Rangers manager, the club has confirmed

Aaron Callaghan
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Aaron Callaghan

What they said

Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

There can be no excuses. Linfield have been brilliant, particularly since Christmas and all we can do is pick ourselves up and go again next year. I think we can do it with the characters we have in that dressing room. The gap between ourselves and Crusaders is quite small, I think they would agree with that, so it's on us to improve as a team and go again next season.

Declan CaddellCrusaders midfielder

Blues boss Healy 'chuffed to bits'

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

Linfield manager David Healy
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Linfield manager David Healy

Words couldn't describe how I feel - we were down at half-time but came back and I'm chuffed to bits to win this title. We have been written off many times. I would like to thank the players, fans, staff and board. I asked the players to do their jobs and they they did that today. This is right up there in my achievements in football - I'm living the dream. I congratulate Crusaders on what they have done in the last three years and as always in football there are winners and losers.

David HealyLinfield manager

Gracious in defeat

Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

They won emphatically on the day, but there will be an empty feeling right now for some of those Crusaders players. 

But they're hiding it tremendously well. A lot of the squad have been joined by their family and friends on the pitch as they gesture to the fans in the stands, thanking them for their support throughout the season. 

Stephen Baxter will obviously be deeply disappointed with today's outcome, but he's all smiles right now - and he can be proud of how his team conducted themselves today. 

We have a feeling they'll be back even stronger next season. 

Hat-trick man Waterworth celebrates title success

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

It's quite surreal at the minute. In the first half we were down and out but we got it sorted at half-time. It fell for me in the second half and I'm just delighted for the team and the fans. When we were nine points behind Crusaders I didn't think we could do it but it shows the character in this team. I'm so happy to make it 52 titles for the club and this is why you sign for Linfield.

Andrew WaterworthLinfield striker

Europa League play-offs

Semi-final line-up

Following today's games, it is confirmed that Ballymena United will take on Dungannon Swifts in the Europa League play-off semi-finals at the Showgrounds on Monday 8 May.

The Swifts go into the game on the back of four consecutive wins.

Cliftonville will host Glenavon in the other semi-final at Solitude on the same evening.

FULL-TIME

Final scores

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

Ballinamallard Utd 4-1 Carrick Rangers

Coleraine 1-1 Ballymena Utd

Dungannon Swifts 2-0 Portadown

Glentoran 1-1 Ards

Deserved champions

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

Linfield are the best team and that's why they are champions. Finishing with 43 points from 45 is unprecedented and shows the resilience in this side.

Chris MorganSaturday Sportsound summariser

FULL-TIME

Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

Matthew Snoddy wraps up the win with the sixth but it matters not. 

The full-time whistle is met with a muted smattering applause as Crusaders fans head for the exit, hoping to forget all about this afternoon. 

They did their part, brushing Glenavon aside with an excellent first-half display, but it's all in vain as they relinquish their hold on local football supremacy. 

It's been a magnificent title-race and Crusaders have played a major role in our entertainment this season, and we're interested to see how they respond next season, but this is undoubtedly Linfield's day. 

Linfield crowned Irish Premiership champions

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

It's all over at Solitude and the Blues win the league title!

Linfield are the 2016-2017 Irish Premieship champions
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Linfield are the 2016-2017 Irish Premieship champions

Salute for hat-trick hero

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

Andrew Waterworth receives a standing ovation from the Linfield fans as he is substituted with a couple of minutes left. Fully deserved for his title-winning treble. 

CLOSE!

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

Linfield are a confident team now and Kirk Millar attempts an audacious long-range shot which drops just over the Cliftonville crossbar. Six minutes left at Solitude.

Ticking down to title triumph

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

It's almost like a training match now. Both teams know what the outcome will be and they are just playing out the final minutes.

Chris MorganSaturday Sportsound summariser

GOAL

Ballinamallard Utd 4-1 Carrick Rangers

Substitute Ryan Morris fires home from a corner to increase Ballinamallard's lead over Carrick in the 77th minute.

GOAL

Crusaders 5-1 Glenavon

It might not decide the destination of the title but Jordan Owens produces a simply beautiful strike, curling a delightful shot beyond Taylor into the top-corner for his 21st goal of the season. It's a fine way to round off another stellar individual campaign for the striker. 

GOAL

Glentoran 1-1 Ards

Eric Foley equalises for Glentoran in the 74th minute but Jonathan Smith passes up an opportunity to put the Glens in front when his penalty was saved by Aaron Hogg.

CLOSE!

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

Aaron Burns almost makes it four for Linfield as he pokes wide from six yards. No sign of a Cliftonville comeback and the Blues are cruising to their first title since 2012.

CLOSE!

Crusaders 4-1 Glenavon

Joel Cooper has an impressive portfolio of goals in his career already and he almost adds a glorious individual effort to that! Using some fancy footwork to evade two challenges, he cuts inside before nutmegging another defender and flashing a left-footed effort right across the goal. 

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 2-0 Portadown

Chris Hegarty doubles Dungannon's lead over relegated Portadown, stabbing the rebound into the roof of the net from three yards out after his initial effort was saved.

Wonderful from Waterworth

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

Andrew Waterworth has turned this game on it's head

Wind out of the sails

Crusaders 4-1 Glenavon

Crusaders have done their job admirably today but, perhaps inevitably, there's an overriding feeling of disappointment now. It's been a roller coaster of a season, but one that will end with a bad taste in their mouths. 

Second-half success for Blues

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

Linfield have come out a different side in the second half and they have blown Cliftonville away. Cliftonville now look like the disjointed team and it's all come together for Linfield.

Liam BeckettSaturday Sportsound summariser

GOAL

Crusaders 4-1 Glenavon

What a strike! Robbie Norton pulls one right out of the top drawer to give Glenavon a spectacular piece of consolation and rub salt in the wounds of Crusaders. There's no consolation for Crusaders at this point though...

GOAL

Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

What a hat-trick from Andrew Waterworth. The Linfield striker slots home a penalty after he was pulled back by Chris Ramsey, who was red-carded. Both the penalty and dismissal looked a bit harsh but the Blues are now on course to win the title. It's a 12-minute treble from Waterworth and the Reds now need three goals to prevent Linfield securing a Premiership triumph.

CLOSE!

Coleraine 1-1 Ballymena Utd

Jamie McGonigle almost nets his second for Coleraine but his right-foot shot is well saved by Ross Glendinning.

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 1-0 Portadown

Terry Fitzpatrick nudges Dungannon in front five minutes after the break at Stangmore Park, tucking the ball away after good work by Seanan Clucas.

Feeling of resignation

Crusaders 4-0 Glenavon

News of Waterworth's second has further deflated the Seaview crowd. The atmosphere has completely transformed in the last five minutes and some supporters are beginning to look like they have that sinking feeling. 

GOAL

Cliftonville 1-2 Linfield

Andrew Waterworth strikes for the second time in five minutes to put Linfield ahead. It's a fine individual goal, with the striker leaving his marker on the deck before sliding the ball into the bottom corner. This game has been transformed and the Blues have one hand on the Gibson Cup.

Pin drop

Crusaders 4-0 Glenavon

Oh dear. Suddenly there are murmurings of discontent from the stands at Seaview as they hear about Waterworth's equaliser. The pendulum swings back in Linfield's favour and Crusaders need a Cliftonville response!

GOAL

Cliftonville 1-1 Linfield

Andrew Waterworth stabs home an equaliser from close-range just two minutes into the second half. A deep corner is headed back into the goalmouth and Waterworth shows his striker's instincts by reacting quickest to score a goal which, as it it stands, would clinch the title for Linfield.

Crues control

Crusaders 4-0 Glenavon

Michael Carvill nips in to make it 4-0 to Crusaders against Glenavon at Seaview