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Summary

  1. Ballinamallard 2-2 Glentoran (Res)
  2. Ballymena 3-0 Carrick Rangers (Res)
  3. Crusaders 1-0 Ards (Res)
  4. Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Coleraine (Res)
  5. Glenavon 1-1 Cliftonville (Res)
  6. Warrenpoint Town -P- Linfield

Live Reporting

By Richard Petrie and Stephen Alexander

All times stated are UK

That's all folks!

Well, that's all from us on an afternoon when most of the drama unfolded late on, but at the end of the day it's as you were at the top of the table with Crusaders still one point ahead of Coleraine after both sides secured victories.

Ballymena were the other victors, with Glenavon and Crusaders sharing the spoils, along with Ballinamallard and Glentoran, who drew 2-2 in an action-packed encounter at Ferney Park.

Keep your eye on the BBC Sport NI website this evening for highlights from all of today's matches and join us for coverage of the League Cup semi-finals on Tuesday night - weather permitting.

Then next Saturday it's the small matter of Coleraine v Crusaders at Ballycastle Road - a mouthwatering prospect that one!

Bye for now.

What they said

Glenavon 1-1 Cliftonville

I thought it was only what we deserved at the end of the game. There was only one team, in my opinion, wanted to win the game and that was us. With Sammy (Clingan) that's what you get with players who have played in England and played for Northern Ireland - he made a mistake for their goal in the first half but he came up with a goal to equalise in the last couple of minutes and anyone who thinks we didn't deserve a point actually knows nothing about football.

Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager

What they said

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Coleraine

I thought we deserved a point. We didn't deserve all three because we didn't create enough going forward. Their goal was probably the only time in the game when our defence got a little bit disjointed. We presented the opportunity to Eoin Bradley and he took it. It's disappointing because we should be capable of doing better in attack but we will keep battling away.

Rodney McAreeDungannon Swifts manager

What they said

Glenavon 1-1 Cliftonville

Obviously we're a bit frustrated come the end of the game not to have come away with the three points but, realistically, away from home against a side like Glenavon who have been scoring goals for fun, it's probably not a bad point, all in all. The second half was a very different game to the first - we had to deal with a lot of lofted balls in and around our box but it's easy to focus on the negatives. We asked the players to come here and do a job, individually and collectively, and when you see the amount of defending and blocks and ugly things we had to do, they left everything out on the field today.

Barry GrayCliftonville manager

What they said

Balinamallard Utd 2-2 Glentoran

I'm not happy with a point. We created our own problems today with lacklustre defending and some crazy decision-making - diving in and giving away needless penalties. We were very wasteful in front of goal today. Curtis Allen missed a few and he has held his hands up to the boys in the dressing room.

Gary HaveronGlentoran manager

What they said

Ballinamallard Utd 2-2 Glentoran

I thought we had the better chances in the first half and were the better side. We knew they would come at us in the second half but I thought we were comfortable enough. We have an awful lot of positives and we looked like a team today. We were a lot better today than we have been. I'm disappointed not to get the three points because I thought we deserved it.

Gavin DykesBallinamallard United manager

Kearney praises Bannsiders 'steel'

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Coleraine

The feeling is one of delight. Both games with Dungannon this season have gone to the wire and we knew what to expect coming here today. Our lads showed a bit of steel and mentality. We stayed in the game long enough and hoped for that wee bit of brilliance and thankfully we got it from Eoin (Bradley) and it got us a very important three points. Eoin has that in his locker. He put so much into his rehab from injury and he came back months ahead of schedule.

Oran KearneyColeraine manager

How they stand

Irish Premiership table - 13 January

Irish Premiership Top Six
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Irish Premiership Bottom Six
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What they said

Ballymena Utd 3-0 Carrick Rangers

I'm very pleased but it was a very difficult game. Our watchword today was patience and when our chances came in the second half we took them. We were disciplined, worked hard and then we had the brilliance of Kevin Braniff. His second goal in particular was a touch of class. Technically he is a brilliant player.

David JeffreyBallymena United manager

What they said

Crusaders 1-0 Ards

It doesn't really matter when you score a goal - if it is in the allotted minutes of a football match then you'll take it. We tried every mechanism in the book to break them down and try to open up spaces and we had that momentum that was building and building. It was a wee bit late for my liking but I'll take it. They are all very important points and we will celebrate every single one of them.

Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager

What they said

Ballymena Utd 3-0 Carrick Rangers

I didn't think it was a 3-0 game. I thought there was nothing in it in the first half but ultimately we conceded three goals in the second half and that is massively disappointing. Our exertions against Linfield on Tuesday night looked to have taken their toll. I'm tired of repeating the same things but we must improve.

David McAlindenCarrick Rangers manager

Ards players 'gave everything' - Nixon

Crusaders 1-0 Ards

It's really difficult to take and there are a lot of disappointed bodies in there. They gave everything and definitely, definitely deserved a draw at least. We're building a changing room that wants to fight for each other and we've shown that today - in all honesty we didn't deserve that.

Colin NixonArds manager

Full-time scores

Irish Premiership results

Irish Premiership Results
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Irish Premiership Results

FULL-TIME

Ballinamallard Utd 2-2 Glentoran

James Knowles seals a point for Glentoran with that last-gasp equaliser.

Almost a second league win of the season for Gavin Dykes' charges - but not quite.

GOAL

Ballinamallard Utd 2-2 Glentoran

James Knowles nets a late equaliser at Ferney Park with a low free-kick into the bottom corner three minutes into added time.

Heartbreak for the Mallards, joy for the Glens.

FULL-TIME

Ballymena Utd 3-0 Carrick Rangers

Ballymena's excellent home form continues. David Jeffrey's side are unbeaten in 13 games at the Showgrounds now - 12 wins and a draw in that run.

More woe for Carrick near the bottom.

FULL-TIME

Glenavon 1-1 Cliftonville

Sammy Clingan's late, late equaliser earns Glenavon a point against Cliftonville, who had taken a first half lead through Joe Gormley.

FULL-TIME

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Coleraine

Coleraine have been second best for most of this contest but substitute's Eoin Bradley's late goal has secured them the three points. The Bannsiders remain one point behind leaders Crusaders, who snatched a late win over Ards.

Bradley gives the Bannsiders the lead at Stangmore Park

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 3-0 Carrick Rangers

Matthew Shevlin makes it 3-0 with a side-footed effort from the edge of the box.

FULL-TIME

Crusaders 1-0 Ards

How vital might Jordan Owens' injury time goal be for Crusaders come the end of the season? It had looked as though Stephen Baxter's men were going to lose top spot until the big striker's late effort. Ards boss Colin Nixon will be gutted after a Herculean defensive effort by his players.

MISSED PENALTY

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Coleraine

Darren McCauley has a chance to seal victory for Coleraine in the 89th minute but Andy Coleman stretches to make a superb save. Raymond Hetherington awarded the spot-kick after adjudging that Chris Hegarty had tripped Eoin Bradley.

GOAL

Glenavon 1-1 Cliftonville

Sammy Clingan drills home a low shot from outside the penalty area to bring the sides level at Mourneview - no-one will be more relieved than the former Northern Ireland international, whose error in the first half led to Cliftonville's opener.

GOAL

Crusaders 1-0 Ards

Late drama at Seaview as Jordan Owens forces the ball home from a corner as Ards' brave resistance is eventually broken.

Watch: O'Flynn misses...from a yard out

Ballinamallard Utd 2-1 Glentoran

Stephen O'Flynn almost finds the target for Ballinamallard...but did it cross the line? Judge for yourselves.

Stephen O'Flynn with an unbelievable miss

CLOSE!

Crusaders 0-0 Ards

Ards keeper Sam Johnston is finally beaten but he is relieved to watch Crusaders substitute Johnny Bonnar's curling effort go just wide.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Coleraine

Coleraine's other second-half sub Darren McCauley then has the ball in the Dungannon net on 83 but it is ruled out for offside. The Bannsiders now have their tails up and are pushing for a second goal.

CLOSE!

Ballymena Utd 2-0 Carrick Rangers

Kevin Braniff with a couple of chances to complete his hat-trick but he is denied by Doherty and then fires a shot wide.

CLOSE!

Ballymena Utd 2-0 Carrick Rangers

Harry Doherty denies Matthew Shevlin with a fine save and Conor McCloskey is inches wide with another attempt for Ballymena.

GREAT SAVE!

Ballinamallard Utd 2-1 Glentoran

The advancing Richard Brush pushes away Curtis Allen's effort as the Glens push for a leveller.

GREAT SAVE!

Crusaders 0-0 Ards

Crusaders are pressing desperately for a goal but Gavin Whyte's low shot through a ruck of players in a crowded goalmouth is kept out - again - by Sam Johnston.

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Coleraine

Eoin Bradley puts Coleraine ahead at Stangmore Park on 76 minutes after he pounces on a defensive mistake to hammer the ball to the net. Dungannon have bossed the second half up until now but have been punished for that defensive mix-up. If the other scores remain as they are at the moment, the Bannsiders will move back top.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Glenavon 0-1 Cliftonville

More frustration for the home side as Stephen Murray's cross deflects off a defender's foot and clips the post on its way past for a fruitless corner.

CLOSE!

Ballinamallard Utd 2-1 Glentoran

Stephen O'Flynn with an effort from a yard out which looks like it may have crossed the line. Referee's assistant says no however.

Swifts pushing for win

Dungannon Swifts 0-0 Coleraine

The edge that Dungannon had in the first half is beginning to turn into domination at Stangmore Park. Rodney McAree introduces Johnny Lafferty for Mark Patton as the Swifts aim to translate that superiority into a goal. Coleraine are labouring.

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 2-0 Carrick Rangers

Kevin Braniff scores his second of the game with a well-struck low driven shot to make it 2-0 to Ballymena after 69 minutes.

The home side surely 'home and hosed' now.

Let-off for Liam

Glenavon 0-1 Cliftonville

Cliftonville's Liam Bagnall, already on a yellow card, clatters into Mark Sykes in the centre of the pitch but referee Arnold Hunter decides against a second caution, instead issuing a final warning. Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton is incandescent with rage on the touchline.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 0-0 Coleraine

Ryan Mayse has the ball in the Coleraine net but the referee assistant's flag is up well before the finish. No major complaints from the Swifts players to be fair.

GREAT SAVE!

Glenavon 0-1 Cliftonville

Stephen Murray turns on a sixpence in the penalty area and fired goalwards. The striker was celebrating a goal but Brian Neeson gets down brilliantly to push the effort away and preserve Cliftonville's slender lead.

SUBSTITUTION

Change of ref at Ferney

Andrew Davey replaces referee Evan Boyce.

Still 2-1 to the Mallards - chances at a premium in the second half.

SUBSTITUTION

Glenavon 0-1 Cliftonville

A significant change for Cliftonville as Ruairi Harkin replaces Jude Winchester - it's the former Coleraine midfielder's first appearance for over a year after a serious knee injury.