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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Lyle Jackson and Ruairi Cunningham

All times stated are UK

Back next Saturday

That is it for today's Irish Premiership updates, thanks for following the action and please join us next Saturday. Bye for now.

Match reaction

Glenavon 3-2 Cliftonville

All the spectators got their money's worth today, there was some good football played. We created most of the clear-cut chances. Cliftonville on their day are one of the best teams in the league. Our players' attitude and desire is magnificent. You saw it when we came from 3-0 down to draw at Ballymena and you saw it again today.

Gary HamiltonGlenavon player-manager

Match reaction

Glentoran 0-1 Carrick Rangers

It was a magnificent performance from our players. The first half was even with Glentoran having lots of possession but not creating much. We had two of three chances and got a super goal from Miguel Chines. They put us under pressure but did not open us up.

Kieran HardingCarrick Rangers manager

Match reaction

Ards 1-0 Portadown

It was not a great game and one goal was always win it and thankfully we got it late on. We have confidence and belief that we can get up as high as we can in the table and not just survive in this division.

Michael RuddyArds

Match reaction

Dungannon Swifts 4-0 Coleraine

We played well going forward but the big plus for me was the clean sheet and the way we restricted Coleraine.

Rodney McAreeDungannon Swifts manager

Match reaction

Crusaders 0-0 Linfield

Linfield will be the happier of the teams. We were not as creative as we could have been with the extra man on the pitch. If we had won it would have opened up a five-point gap and we were set up to go for the three points but it just didn't happen for us.

Howard BeverlandCrusaders defender and man of the match

Top of the table

Ards fans will be screen-grabbing tonight. Their boys are right up there on their return to the top division - level on seven points after three matches with champions Crusaders and Irish Cup winners Glenavon.

What they said

Crusaders 0-0 Linfield

We made a few changes in an attempt to get that goal but it just didn't happen. It was cagey - there was not a lot in it.

Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager

FULL-TIME

Glentoran 0-1 Carrick Rangers

Full-times

All today's results

Ards 1-0 Portadown

Ballinamallard Utd 0-1 Ballymena Utd

Crusaders 0-0 Linfield

Dungannon Swifts 4-0 Coleraine

Glenavon 3-2 Cliftonville

Glentoran 0-1 Carrick Rangers

FULL-TIME

Ards 1-0 Portadown

FULL-TIME

Dungannon Swifts 4-0 Coleraine

GOAL

Ards 1-0 Portadown

Late drama as ten-man Ards score in injury-time courtesy of Carl McComb. Ports keeper David Miskelly fumbles Kyle Cherry's free-kick and McComb pounces to net.

GOAL

Glenavon 3-2 Cliftonville

A stoppage time winner for Glenavon. Greg Moorhouse's powerful header snatches a dramatic win after Cliftonville had led twice at Mourneview,

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Greg Moorhouse's powerful header snatches a dramatic win

RED CARD

Ards 0-0 Portadown

Ards will play out the last few minutes with 10 men after Johnny Taylor's dismissal for two yellow cards.

GOAL

Glenavon 2-2 Cliftonville

Kris Lindsay gets a late equaliser for the Lurgan men after Cliftonville keeper Jason Mooney failed to claim a high ball. The big keeper is protesting to the referee, he's adamant he was impeded by another Glenavon player as he tried to catch the ball.

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Cliftonville keeper Jason Mooney fails to claim a high ball

Drawing a blank

Crusaders 0-0 Linfield

The clash of last season's top two hasn't lived up to its billing and the Seaview showdown looks like petering out in a 0-0 draw.

Seaview stalemate

Will there be a late winner in the north Belfast clash between champions Crusaders and Linfield?
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Will there be a late winner in the north Belfast clash between champions Crusaders and Linfield?

Glentoran 0-1 Carrick Rangers

Glentoran piling on the late pressure and Curtis Allen squanders their best chance when he goes clear on goal but sees his shot kept out by the legs Carrick keeper Brian Neeson. 

GOAL

Glenavon 1-2 Cliftonville

The visitors from north Belfast regain the lead as Jay Donnelly bags his second goal at Mourneview Park. Jude Winchster runs forward and plays through for Donnelly who skips past the last man to beat former NI keeper Jonathan Tuffey.

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Jay Donnelly fires Cliftonvile back into the lead

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 4-0 Coleraine

Text commentator's curse for Chris Johns - after two wonderful saves his mistake lets in Ryan Harpur to net Dungannon's fourth after 72 minutes. All over at Stangmore and a miserable afternoon for the Bannsiders.

Dungannon Swifts 3-0 Coleraine

Coleraine have keeper Chris Johns to thank for keeping the score at three following excellent saves to deny Andrew Mitchell and Andrew Burns. 

Coleraine goalkeeper Chris Johns in action at Stangmore Park
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Coleraine goalkeeper Chris Johns in action at Stangmore Park

Breen flashes a header just over from a Matty Parker cross. Still 0-0 here but signs that the game might be starting to open up.

GOAL

Ballinamallard Utd 0-1 Ballymena Utd

Ballymena take a 65th-minute lead through a Tony Kane penalty. The spot-kick was awarded for a foul by home keeper James McGrath apparently.

Penalty! Ballymena have a spot kick. I'm not actually sure what for....

Frustration for Glens

Glentoran 0-1 Carrick Rangers

Glens continue to boss possession at the Oval but failing to convert openings. Nacho Novo sent two half-chances wide while Eric Foley was also off-target with a free-kick. 

RED CARD

Glenavon 1-1 Cliftonville

Cliftonville defender Jason McGuinness is sent off for two yellow cards - and, according to the Radio Ulster reporter, silly yellows.

Chris Curran now moves back to fill in on defensive duties.

Ballinamallard's Adam Lecky in action against Ballymena's Leory Millar
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Ballinamallard's Adam Lecky puts in a strong challenge on Ballymena midfielder Leroy Millar. Still scoreless at Ferney Park

Joy for Joel

Glenavon striker Joel Cooper runs away to celebrate after bagging an equaliser against Cliftonville just before the break.
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Glenavon striker Joel Cooper runs away to celebrate after bagging an equaliser against Cliftonville just before the break.

RED CARD

Crusaders 0-0 Linfield

Linfield midfielder Stephen Lowry is sent off by referee Raymond Crangle for his second yellow card early in the second half. Lowry had been booked just before half-time and did not have to make the silly challenge on Caddell.

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Stephen Lowry sees red for this challenge on Declan Caddell

Crusaders Gavin Whyte in an aerial tussle with Linfields Niall Quinn
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Crusaders winnger Gavin Whyte beats Linfield's Niall Quinn to the high ball during a first half of few chances at Seaview

HALF-TIME

Ards 0-0 Portadown

A pretty even affair in Bangor with Ards coming closest to an opener when Kyle Cherry's close-range header was tipped onto the woodwork by Ports keeper David Miskelly. However, few openings in a dour first 45 minutes.

Chines on target

Miguel Chines slips the ball into the Glentoran net to put Carrick Rangers ahead at the Oval
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Miguel Chines slips the ball into the Glentoran net to put Carrick Rangers ahead at the Oval. Boos from some Glens fans as the teams walked off at half-time.

GOAL

Glenavon 1-1 Cliftonville

The hosts equalise in first half stoppage-time. Greg Moorhouse's shot is deflected into the path of Joel Cooper who shoots from six yards under the body of Cliftonville's 6ft 9in keeper Jason Mooney.

HALF-TIME

Crusaders 0-0 Linfield

Linfield's Stephen Lorwy takes one for the team just before the break, getting a yellow card for bringing down Paul Heatley as the Crues winger set off on a charging run. Third booking of the day following Declan Caddell (Crusaders) and Kirk Millar (Linfield).

Glenavon forward Nacho Novo sends a header towards goal on his first league start but it's Carrick Rangers who lead at the Oval
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Glenavon forward Nacho Novo sends a header towards goal on his first league start but it's Carrick Rangers who lead at the Oval

Cliftonville keeper Jason Mooney is closed down by Glenavon's Greg Moorhouse in Saturday's encounter at Mourneview Park
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Cliftonville keeper Jason Mooney is closed down by Glenavon's Greg Moorhouse in Saturday's encounter at Mourneview Park

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 3-0 Coleraine

Dungannon on their way to their first points of the 2016-17 campaign as they go three up inside 29 minutes. There was confusion in the Coleraine box from a corner and Seanan Clucas gets the touch to scramble the ball over the line.

GOAL

Glentoran 0-1 Carrick Rangers

Carrick striker Miguel Chines wasted a good early chance but he had the simple task of slotting into an empty net after Brian McCaul broke the off-side and squared to his grateful team-mate. Deadlock broken at the Oval on 31 minutes.

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 2-0 Coleraine

The Swifts are smiling at Stangmore as Ryan Harpur slides in to score from close range and double the host's lead after 25 minutes.