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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig and Orla Bannon

All times stated are UK

Final whistle

That's all for now folks so thanks for joining us on a day when Coleraine continued their blistering start to the campaign to maintain a three-point gap on champions Linfield. Crusaders slipped five points off the pace while Ballinamallard are looking up at the rest, still without a win from their opening seven games.

We're back for more of the same next Saturday.

Hat-trick hero snaffles match ball

Linfield 4-0 Ballinamallard United

It's brilliant to score in any game but to get a hat-trick is a good feeling. It was relief more than anything - things haven't been going my way in front of goal. The first two were good team goals and I got a bit of luck with the third, I got the break of the ball and put it away. I've got the match ball tucked away, don't worry about that!

Jordan StewartLinfield

McAree in top six form

Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Warrenpoint Town

Dungannon Swifts manager Rodney McAree
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Dungannon Swifts manager Rodney McAree

We went in 1-1 at half time when we felt we could have been three or four up, but we have good spirit and kept doing the right things in the second half. We are good on the eye, good going forward and controlled the game. It's great [to move into top six] but we have to keep it one game at a time.

Rodney McAreeDungannon Swifts manager

Women's international live on BBC Sport Online

Northern Ireland take on the Republic of Ireland in a Women's World Cup qualifier derby at Mourneview Park on Tuesday night, and the only place you can watch it live is on BBC Sport Online from 19:40 BST. It promises to be a cracker!

Julie Nelson
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Northern Ireland international Julie Nelson

There's goals in the Hall

Glenavon 3-1 Cliftonville

As a winger it's my job to set up goals and score a few and I probably don't score enough. I was delighted to get one today and set up a couple. The second goal probably killed it as a tie. We're happy with the start we've made. We'll just keeping chipping away every week and see where it takes us in the table.

Andy HallGlenavon

McCauley provides secrets to scoring

Coleraine 3-0 Carrick Rangers

It was a bit scrappy in the first half but we looked dangerous when we got in behind them. Every time I go on the pitch now I think I'm going to score (six in his last three games). I put it down to things I'm doing outside training, such as diet and gym work. I'm not getting any younger and it's time I delivered. We have strength in depth now, which we didn't have before, and we'll take it one game at a time.

Darren McCauleyColeraine double scorer

Nixon delighted with defensive display

Crusaders 0-0 Ards

Ards manager Colin Nixon
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Ards manager Colin Nixon

I'm really pleased to get the draw and I feel we deserved it. Against the top teams you have to work hard and stifle them. Our keeper Aaron Hogg was superb and the back four immense, while Johnny Frazer could have nicked a win for us.

Colin NixonArds manager

It's a good league, isn't it?

Walker impressed

Things are looking up for everyone. It's a very different Glentoran team from last year, Glenavon look to have improved and week on week, and there are interesting fixtures to look forward to. It's a good league this year.

Roy WalkerFormer Crusaders and Ballymena manager

As it stands

Irish Premiership Top Six
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Irish Premiership Bottom Six
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Victory shows character - McGuigan

Ballymena Utd 1-3 Glentoran

We were worthy winners - we were not great but that shows the character we have to get the win. We have to kick on now although there's tough games ahead. I've set myself a target a 10 goals this season and I'm now on free. I thought my free-kick was going over but it just dipped at the end. I have a good delivery.

John McGuiganGlentoran goalscorer

Brilliant Bannsiders!

Coleraine 3-0 Carrick Rangers

Coleraine's 100% start to the season continues after a near perfect performance. Only some wasteful finishing meant they didn't crush Carrick. Darren McCauley is in devastating form with the winger scoring six goals in his last three games.

Eric WhiteSaturday Sportsound reporter

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Reds off colour

Glenavon 3-1 Cliftonville

What's disappointing for Cliftonville is that they showed nothing in the second half. After that poor first half you expect a response after half time but it didn't happen. Glenavon played on the front foot and were by far the better side.

Darren MurphyEx-Irish League player and manager

Mitchell making his mark!

Glenavon 3-1 Cliftonville

Leading scorer in the Irish Premiership - Glenavon's Andrew Mitchell
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Leading scorer in the Irish Premiership - Glenavon's Andrew Mitchell

FULL-TIME

Glenavon 3-1 Cliftonville

Andy Hall set up the first for Mitchell, scored the second and set up the third for Griffin in an impressive Glenavon display over 10-man Cliftonville.

Joe Gormley pulled one back for the disjointed Reds but it was too little too late, Breen's late dismissal summing up a frustrating afternoon.

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Linfield 4-0 Ballinamallard

Blues are back to winning ways after the midweek defeat by Crusaders, and move above their Belfast rivals into second place.

Another miserable day for Ballinamallard's basement strugglers.

Bannsiders maintain unbeaten start to season

Coleraine 3-0 Carrick Rangers

Coleraine continue with their great start to the season
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Coleraine continue with their great start to the season

FULL-TIME

Ballymena Utd 1-3 Glentoran

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Dungannon 2-1 Warrenpoint Town

Another good result for the Swifts. Their third league win in the last four matches.

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Crusaders 0-0 Ards

Ards hold on for point as the visitors frustrate Crues.

RED CARD

Glenavon 3-1 Cliftonville

Gary Breen is sent off for the visitors for a second yellow card to seal their fate.

That sums up their frustrating afternoon.

GOAL

Glenavon 3-1 Cliftonville

Okay, maybe just a little ray of sunshine for the Reds!

Joe Gormley on target. Is the comeback on?

GOAL

Linfield 4-0 Ballinamallard

Mark Haughey nods home at the back post after a perfect cross from the right by Garrett.

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 1-3 Glentoran

Another blunder from United keeper Conor Brennan. John McGuigan sends in a free-kick, Brennan comes out and misses it with the ball finding the top corner.

John McGuigan catches out the goalkeeper

HITS THE WOODWORK

Coleraine 3-0 Carrick Rangers

Eoin Bradley smacks his shot off the Carrick post and then fires off-target with the goal gaping. A moment to forget for the Bannsiders striker but the points are safe.

Time running out for Crues

Crusaders 0-0 Ards

The frustration continues for the Crues and they have 10 minutes left to breach the Ards rearguard. Indeed, the visitors threatened at the other with keeper Brian Jensen smothering at the feet of Johnny Frazer.

GOAL

Glenavon 3-0 Cliftonville

Sub Marc Griffin flicks it across goal from six yards into the far corner of the net. There's as much chance of the sun coming out as there is of Cliftonville getting anything out of this game.

Marc Griffin makes it 3-0 to Glenavon against Cliftonville

HITS THE WOODWORK

Ballymena Utd 1-2 Glentoran

Conor McCloskey strikes the Glens bar for the second time in the game. Tony Kane's cross is headed against the woodwork by the midfielder as Ballymena chase an equaliser.

RED CARD

Coleraine 3-0 Carrick Rangers

It's become a bit of nightmare for Rangers as Gavin Taggart is sent off for a poor challenge on Ciaron Harkin.

GOAL

Dungannon 2-1 Warrenpoint Town

Chris Hegarty smashes the Swifts back in front after Lockhart fizzes the ball in from a corner. Can they hold on to the lead this time?

GOAL

Coleraine 3-0 Carrick Rangers

Darren McCauley slips the ball beyond Harry Doherty to complete his double and put the the leaders firmly on course to maintain their 100% start to the season.

GOAL

Linfield 3-0 Ballinamallard

It's a hat-trick for Jordan Stewart!

Jordan Stewart completes his hat-trick against the Mallards at Windsor Park

GOAL

Linfield 2-0 Ballinamallard

Jordan Stewart converts Casement's pin-point cross and finishes through the 'keeper's legs. His second of the game.

Jordan Stewart with his second of the day against Ballinamallard

CLOSE!

Glenavon 2-0 Cliftonville

I feel for Rory Donnelly, he's not a central midfield player. He's in there trying to make something happen but he almost gave away a third goal.

Darren MurphyEx-Irish League player and manager

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 1-2 Glentoran

Two goals in two minutes. Curtis Allen adds a second for the Glens with a header from John McGuigan's cross. The striker was having a quiet afternoon before he heads the ball off the turf and up into the roof of the net. But the Sky Blues hit back quickly with Cathair Friel poking home.

GOAL

Coleraine 2-0 Carrick Rangers

Darren McCauley slots home a penalty to double the host's lead on 58 minutes. Spot-kick awarded for Denver Gage's foul on Jamie McGonigle.

Eoin in wrong place for Coleraine

Coleraine 1-0 Carrick Rangers

Jamie McGonigle's shot from a corner is goalbound but the ball hits team-mate Eoin Bradley a yard from the line and is defected wide.

GOAL

Glenavon 2-0 Cliftonville

Andy Hall doubles Glenavon's lead. A looping header with no power on it that just plops into the net. A soft one to concede. Red faces for the Reds' defence.

Andy Hall heads home to double Glenavon's lead

Here comes the rain again

Glenavon 1-0 Cliftonville

Both sets of players are slow to emerge from the dressing-rooms for the second half as the rain continues to pour down at a soggy Mourneview which looks as miserable as a wet weekend.

Goals galore on Final Score at 17:00 on BBC1 NI

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