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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Richard Petrie and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

That's all folks!

Signing off

That's it for tonight! Thanks for following our coverage on what's been another thoroughly entertaining night in the Irish Premiership.

Keep an eye out for all the goals and highlights on the BBC Sport NI website and there will be in-depth analysis on the Irish League Show, which drops on to the BBC iPlayer on Wednesday evening.

We'll be back with our live text commentary on Saturday for another full programme of fixtures, with Crusaders v Coleraine and Dungannon Swifts v Linfield the pick of the bunch.

Good night!

What they said

Glentoran 2-0 Dungannon Swifts

I thought we played well up until the final third. we played too much in front of them and didn't penetrate in behind, which was disappointing. At the other end, we were opened up on the counter-attack too easily. I think we need to forget about Andrew Mitchell - we still have players with quality so we just need to demand more from the squad we have got. The first goal was sloppy from our perspective because we gave the ball in midfield and we're paying for those types of mistakes at the moment.

Rodney McAreeDungannon Swifts manager

What they said

Ards 0-2 Linfield

It's always difficult down here and we knew they were going to be competitive but I thought we were comfortable. We had enough opportunities and I'm disappointed we didn't really kick on all that much tonight but I have to draw the positives which are a clean sheet and another three points. The good thing is that we have options in the squad and that lets me pick what the best team is going into the game on Saturday.

David HealyLinfield manager

Brad luck

Lyons goes close for Coleraine

Brad Lyons nearly makes it three for Coleraine against Cliftonville

What they said

Ards 0-2 Linfield

I thought we played really well in the second half but it was the same as Saturday and if you do that against the champions you are going to get beaten, so it's disappointing. It would have been different if we'd got the goal in the second half but it didn't happen and we are just not giving ourselves the right platform to win football matches.

Colin NixonArds manager

What they said

Glentoran 2-0 Dungannon Swifts

It is a pleasing start to the season. It was important for us to get off to a good start but I always said we had to be prepared. We're full of energy, full of running and that's testament to the work we've put in over the summer. If we continue to play like that we'll do well this season. I think the biggest criticism I could have is that we didn't come into the dressing room at half-time two or three up. We were relentless in our running up front and never gave them a minute - we were fantastic.

Gary HaveronGlentoran manager

FULL-TIME

Glentoran 2-0 Dungannon Swifts

Glentoran run out winners thanks to goals in the second half by John McGuigan and Curtis Allen. Maximum points after two matches for the Glens which will please boss Gary Haveron who got a bit of flak after some dodgy results in pre-season friendly matches.

GOAL

Glenavon 6-2 Ballinamallard United

Andrew Mitchell scores his second of the night to wrap up an emphatic victory for the Lurgan side. It looks like Mitchell could be a big player for Gary Hamilton's men this season - but it's Adam Foley who has the match ball in the bag after his second-half hat-trick. Two wins from two for Glenavon, two defeats for Ballinamallard.

FULL-TIME

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

That's it. Goals from Josh Carson and Jamie McGonigle give the Bannsiders an excellent win over an uninspired Cliftonville, who take one step back after their victory against Ards. They were outclassed tonight.

FULL-TIME

Crusaders 5-0 Warrenpoint Town

Five goals from five different goalscorers for Crusaders as they stroll to the easiest and most emphatic of victories. A job well done for Stephen Baxter's men.

FULL-TIME

Carrick Rangers 1-1 Ballymena Utd

It finishes honours even at Taylor's Avenue.

Both clubs pick up their first point of the season.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

Lyons is unleashed through the middle and gets there before Long, who dashes out and finds himself in no man's land. Lyons's looped effort bounces off the pitch and up onto the bar - how unfortunate!

FULL-TIME

Ards 0-2 Linfield

Linfield make it two wins from two outings as they begin the defence of their league championship.

The result was never really in doubt after those two goals in the opening half hour.

GREAT SAVE!

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

Long makes a fantastic save to deny Bradley what would have been a spectacular Coleraine third! The striker connected with Carson's looping cross acrobatically, directing his effort back across goal which was met by the fingertips of Brett Long. Great play all round.

Off the line!

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

Harney sees another header cleared off the line, but this time it's McCauley who is back fulfilling his defensive duties. It just doesn't seem to be Cliftonville's night.

Difficult to see a way back

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

Coleraine's defence still look reasonably comfortable as Cliftonville continue their quest for ideas in attack. Kearney has his defenders extremely well-drilled, of course, but Cliftonville have unquestionably lacked that bit of quality in the final third tonight.

McGonigle grabs Coleraine's second

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

Jamie McGonigle doubles Coleraine's lead against Cliftonville

GOAL

Glenavon 5-2 Ballinamallard United

Ryan Curran scores on 72 minutes to pull one back for Ballinamallard but surely it is a lost cause for the men from Fermanagh at Mourneview.

GOAL

Glentoran 2-0 Dungannon Swifts

Curtis Allen slots home a left-foot shot to double Glentoran's advantage. That's his third of the season already after netting both in the Belfast men's 2-1 win at Ballinamallard on Saturday.

Cleared off the line!

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

Cliftonville certainly aren't going to give up without a fight here as Harney sees his header cleared off the line by Harkin, who has been outstanding for the hosts tonight.

The Belfast side are finally starting to show their teeth, but is it too little, too late?

Gray makes changes

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

Double substitution as Martin Donnelly and Jude Winchester replace Daniel Hughes and Stephen Garrett. Can their introduction inject some much-needed attacking impetus into the Reds' attack?

GOAL

Crusaders 5-0 Warrenpoint Town

Crues continue to pile the misery on Point as Michael Carvill makes it five.

Cliftonville all over the place

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

The visitors' defence is at sixes and sevens now. Another misunderstanding at the back allows McCauley to control the ball six yards out, with his back to goal. He tees it up for McGonigle, but the forward fails to make it a quick-fire double as he sprays his volley high, wide and not-so-handsome.

MISSED PENALTY

Carrick Rangers 1-1 Ballymena Utd

Ben Roy's penalty goes wide of the left post as the home side squander a wonderful opportunity to move ahead.

Will that miss prove costly for Davy McAlinden's side?

GOAL

Glenavon 5-1 Ballinamallard United

It's all going right for Glenavon and Adam Foley who completes a quickfire hat-trick with an acrobatic finish from eight yards after the ball had come off the bar.

GREAT SAVE!

Ards 0-2 Linfield

Paul Smyth and Mark Stafford have forced Aaron Hogg into fine saves as Linfield push for a third.

GOAL

Coleraine 2-0 Cliftonville

Jamie McGonigle makes it two for Coleraine! Levi Ives loses possession at left-back and Carson threads a deft pass through to McGonigle, who turned sharply and fired unerringly into the far corner. A massive step towards three points for Kearney's team.

Whiteside impressing for Coleraine

Coleraine 1-0 Cliftonville

Scot Whiteside, who came into the side to replace Aaron Traynor at right-back, has been excellent tonight, standing up to Jay Donnelly and Joe Gormley on several occasions. Composed and confident - exactly what his manager would have demanded.

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 1-1 Ballymena Utd

It's all square at Carrick after Andrew Mooney beats the offside trap and shoots past Ross Glendinning for the equaliser on the hour mark.

GOAL

Glenavon 4-1 Ballinamallard United

Three goals in a devastating six-minute spell for Glenavon as striker Andrew Mitchell gets his first goal since his summer move from Dungannon Swifts. Andy Hall played it over from the right and Mitchell poked in from six yards on his homecoming to Mourneview. 55 minutes on the clock here.

Carson strikes for Coleraine

Coleraine v Cliftonville

Josh Carson fires Coleraine into the lead against Cliftonville

GOAL

Glenavon 3-1 Ballinamallard United

Foley quickly gets his second, firing in after Rhys Marshall cross finds Mark Griffin whose header sets up Foley for a cool far-post finish.

Coates off injured

Crusaders 4-0 Warrenpoint Town

Crusaders have been largely untroubled by Warrenpoint tonight but Stephen Baxter won't like what he has just seen as captain Colin Coates come off with a knock and is replaced by Sean Ward.

GOAL

Glentoran 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

John McGuigan gets the final touch to put Glentoran in front against Dungannon at the Oval.

Cue a collective sigh of relief in East Belfast. Still a long way to go though.

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 0-1 Ballymena Utd

Ballymena take the lead through an own goal by former United defender Denver Gage, who flicked on a whipped free-kick from Tony Kane into his own net.

GOAL

Glenavon 2-1 Ballinamallard United

Adam Foley heads Glenavon into the lead at Lurgan. The goal comes after Andrew Mitchell charged down keeper Richard Brush's attempted clearance and Andy Hall played over for Foley to nod in on 52 minutes.

GOAL

Coleraine 1-0 Cliftonville

The hosts take the lead and it's Josh Carson who gets it!

An incisive move breaks the Cliftonville resistance as a one-two with McCauley sets Mullan away down the left. His cut-back finds the onrushing Carson, who makes no mistake in sweeping home the finish past Long.

A fine opening goal and now we can see what Gray's Cliftonville are made of!

Robbie snapped up

Glentoran 0-0 Dungannon Swifts

An opening 45 minutes of half-chances and no cutting edge. Perhaps the most interesting thing came before the match when new signing Robbie McDaid was introduced to the Glentoran fans. The former Glenavon and York City striker also had time to strike a contemplative pose for the cameras and it's the best shot of the night so far.

Robbie McDaid has signed for Glentoran
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Robbie McDaid has signed for Glentoran

The verdict

Coleraine 0-0 Cliftonville

Here's the half-time assessment of Liam Beckett, who has been watching the Showgrounds stalemate as part of Sportsound's coverage on Radio Ulster.

I think Oran Kearney will be the happier of the two managers for sure. Barry Gray will be delighted to get in at 0-0 and regroup. The disappointing aspect for Coleraine is that nobody has been there to put away some of the chances they've created from their play but there is still plenty to play for in the second-half.

Liam BeckettRadio Ulster expert summariser

HALF-TIME

Irish Premiership

Ards 0-2 Linfield

Carrick 0-0 Ballymena

Coleraine 0-0 Cliftonville

Crusaders 4-0 Warrenpoint

Glenavon 1-1 Ballinamallard

Glentoran 0-0 Dungannon