Thanks very much for following the action with us. See you next week when we will have a full programme of six matches. Leaders Crusaders are away to Ballinamallard while second-placed Linfield travel to Ards.
- Ballymena United 2-0 Portadown
- Crusaders 2-2 Glentoran
- Linfield 3-0 Carrick Rangers
Highlights from Seaview as champions Crusaders grab a 2-2 draw against Glentoran thanks to a late Richard Clarke equaliser.
One for the McCaffreys to enjoy! Their boy Fra scores both goals to give Ballymena United a 2-0 win over Portadown.
See how Linfield ran out easy winners over Carrick Rangers at Windsor Park.
So a decent afternoon for Linfield as they aim to close in on champions Crusaders at the top of the table. A three-goal victory over Carrick - but more importantly three points today for David Healy's Blues and they're now five behind the Premiership pacesetters.
I can take all the verbal abuse and name calling - I can take that all day. But when someone spits at you from two yards it is hard. But, listen, it was a good game today and I think both teams were disappointed they did not win
There were not that many clear cut chances. We had a lack of quality in important areas but we regrouped at half-time and in the second half we were much better and perhaps shaded a narrow victory. We had been poor in the last few matches but we know we can jump back up the table.
The match had a bit of everything and I am disappointed mainly. We were resilient and made ourselves hard to beat. Curtis has scored goals throughout his career in the Irish League and it was essential we got him on a new contract. I feel we are going to get the best years of him at 28. It is a great coup for the club.
However, there are some ugly scenes at the final whistle as Elliot Morris becomes involved in an incident with a fan behind the goal. The Glens keeper was rubbing his shirt after the incident, suggesting he may have been spat on.
Team-mate Calum Birney intervenes quickly, pulling his goalkeeper away from the ensuing melee.
Ballymena move to within five points of third-placed Cliftonville thanks to a Fra McCaffrey double, seeing off Portadown at the Showgrounds.
Niall Currie will reportedly be appointed Portadown manager in the next few days and he has a remarkably difficult job ahead of him if he is to salvage what has been a miserable season for the Shamrock Park outfit.
It's over at Seaview!
David Healy's men win comfortably to reclaim second place in the Premiership table. They're five points behind Crusaders now after the leaders are held to a 2-2 draw at home to Glentoran.
Almost immediately after drawing level for the second time, Forsythe spurns a chance to complete the comeback, blazing his shot well over the bar after escaping a tired Glens defence.
Richard Clarke levels it!
Glentoran can't hold on as the home side are rescued by substitute Clarke, who fires in a right-footed effort from the edge of the area.
It's yet another late goal at home for Crusaders!
Paul Smyth hobbles off but Linfield have a decent replacement in Aaron Burns. Most of the interest at Windsor is on the latest score at Seaview.
The visitors are camped inside their own half as Crusaders search for an equaliser. The Glens are defending resolutely - but will it be enough to hang on for what would be a memorable victory?
Less than 10 minutes remaining.
Allen has bagged himself a brace but Elliott Morris has certainly staked a claim to be named man of the match. The Glens keeper produces the latest in an excellent series of stops to deny a Jordan Owens header which looked destined for the bottom corner.
A quickfire double as McCaffrey tucks away a cracking effort into the top corner! William Faulkner found his teammate with a fine pass and McCaffrey did the rest.
A devastating one-two punch from David Jeffrey's men and it looks a long way back for Portadown now.
Fra McCaffrey scores!
The Sky Blues have got their noses in front after Tony Kane's cross is not dealt with, allowing the midfielder to capitalise and smash home the opener.
Mark Stafford almost heads his second but the ball comes off the upright.
Allen scores his second of the afternoon!
Crusaders have been punished for a slow start to the second-half as Allen strikes again, arriving late into the area to poke home Aaron Harmon's cross under Sean O'Neill.
Once again, the champions will have to show their resilience if they're to get something from this game. That goal sets it up for an interesting second-half indeed.
Defender Mark Stafford heads the Blues into a 3-0 lead from Kirk Millar's corner in the 57th minute. The points look safe for Linfield - now they'll be hoping leaders Crusaders drop some in their match against Glentoran.
Stephen Baxter's side have won eight out of their nine games at home this season. Will it be another late goal today to claim three points for the league leaders?
Andrew Waterworth bags his second in the 53rd minute. Kirk Millar sets it up, crossing from the right and the Blues striker races in to net from just a few yards out.
Paul Smyth has a chance to put Linfield 2-0 up early in the second half but skies over from close-range.
Crusaders will be hoping to do better than their 1993 counterparts today. Roll back the years, Glenmen, here are clips of a 4-0 at Seaview. Those were the days.
It hasn't been a classic at the Showgrounds, with no goals going into the break but Aaron Haire came close to scoring a beautiful opener, whistling a left-footed effort just wide of the post. Closest either side came during the first-half.
Ballymena United 0-0 Portadown
Crusaders 1-1 Glentoran
Linfield 1-0 Carrick Rangers
The hosts have regained the initiative since equalising and Carvill is unlucky not to fire the home side ahead. Morris races off his line to deny the midfielder for the second time this afternoon. The Glens keeper has been exceptional so far today.
It doesn't sound like an exciting affair, with not a great deal of goalmouth action to report. The Sky Blues have scored 38 goals already this season, but aren't looking too threatening so far today.
Gavin Whyte converts confidently and Crues are level!
That's disappointing for Glentoran, especially as they have been comfortable since taking the lead. However, Addis only has himself to blame after tugging away at Owens right in front of the referee.
Whyte stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick straight into the bottom corner. Morris went the right way but couldn't get near it.
Crusaders have a penalty! Jonny Addis pulling Jordan Owens' shirt. Clear penalty.
Striker Andrew Waterworth charges through to shoot past Rangers keeper Brian Neeson from the edge of the box. Linfield scored five last Saturday and six in midweek, so it could be a long afternoon for Aaron Callaghan's visitors.
Adam Lecky scores a hat-trick for Ballinamallard but they have to settle for a draw away to fellow strugglers Ards. The Mallards led on three occasions, but Ards hit back each time with Craig McMillen, Emmett Friars and Michael Rudy on target. John Bailie was in charge of Ards, with manager Niall Currie expected to be moving to take over at Portadown.
Mark Carson volleys just over the bar as the Ports look to end another troubling week for the club with a much-needed victory.
Curtis Allen bundles in the opener at Seaview!
Well, it's been all Crusaders in the early exchanges but Glentoran have punished them for not converting their early chances.
After forcing a corner, a header at the back post causes chaos in the six-yard box and, with the home side unable to clear, Allen fires in from close range. The striker celebrates his new contract in style!
How is this still 0-0? Crusaders have settled into an early rhythm as Carvill is denied by a fine save from Elliot Morris. The champions have unlocked the visitors' defence three times already. It's looking ominous for Gary Haveron's men.
Glentoran living dangerously already as Forsythe finds Caddell at the far post. With the ball flying over the top of the head, the midfielder was unable to generate enough power on his shot.
Huge opportunity for Crusaders as Caddell gets on the end of a BJ Burns cross, guiding his effort just wide of the post. Crues starting on the front foot.
Ballymena team - Glendinning, Kane, Owens, Taggart, Jenkins, Faulkner, Friel, Ervin, Millar, McCaffrey, McCracken