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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Lyle Jackson and Alvin McCaig

All times stated are UK

Highlights

Coleraine see off 10-man Linfield

Allan on target as Coleraine beat Linfield

Final whistle

Pressure on Linfield

That's it for now - and what an important night it was in the race for the Irish Premiership title. Crusaders, going for a third championship in a row, are in the driving seat with a commanding seven-point lead over second-placed Linfield.

David Healy's Blues now face a huge Irish Cup match away to Belfast rivals Glentoran on Saturday. Given tonight's league setback, defeat for Linfield would appear to be unthinkable, but Glentoran go into the match on the back of a 5-0 drubbing of Portadown.

It will be a massive match at the Oval and we will have coverage of the fifth round matches here on the BBC Sport website.

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'Sensational' Crues

Ards 2-4 Crusaders

We were sensational in the second half. But at 2-0 we didn't panic as I felt we would get the chances when we got the fluency into our game. I knew it would be tough here - we have played Ards three times now this season and every one has been difficult.

Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager

'Sloppy' Ards

Ards 2-4 Crusaders

I thought we deserved the 2-0 lead but in the second half we could not cope with what Crusaders threw at us and conceded some sloppy goals. We started very well, looked dangerous and caused Crusaders problems.

Colin NixonArds manager

Happy Haveron

Portadown 0-5 Glentoran

I asked the players for a response after Saturday's match against Dungannon. I know we came away with a point, but having been 2-0 up it felt like a defeat. We went 2-0 up again tonight but really kicked on in the second half. It was a competent and complete performance.

Gary HaveronGlentoran manager

FULL-TIME

Linfield 0-1 Coleraine

A disappointing night for 10-man Linfield as they lose at home and fall seven points behind leaders Crusaders.

The Blues fans express their vocal disapproval as referee Raymond Crangle makes his way off the pitch. The red card was a big moment but guilty party Jimmy Callacher did not protest too much about his 33rd-minute dismissal.

It's a real sucker punch for Linfield who had beaten Crusaders on Saturday to reduce the gap at the top to four points.

FULL-TIME

Ballymena Utd 3-4 Glenavon

FULL-TIME

Cliftonville 0-0 Carrick Rangers

INJURY TIME

Linfield 0-1 Coleraine

Three minutes of time to be added on with Coleraine on the verge of a rare victory at Windsor Park.

FULL-TIME

Portadown 0-5 Glentoran

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 2-2 Ballinamallard Utd

Ballinamallard may be down to 10 men, but they have produced a late equaliser through Niall Owens who finishes into the bottom corner in stoppage time. It proves to to be worth a point as the full-time whistle quickly follows.

FULL-TIME

Ards 2-4 Crusaders

GOAL

Ards 2-4 Crusaders

Paul Heatley lobs keeper Aaron Hogg in added time to seal victory for the Crues.

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RED CARD

Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Ballinamallard

Second yellow for Mallards scorer Adam Lecky. Seems he led with the elbow in going up for a high ball with Douglas Wilson.

GOAL

Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Ballinamallard Utd

Douglas Wilson restores Dungannon's lead in the 85th minute at Stangmore Park.

Ballinamallard fails to clear a corner and the ball falls kindly for Wilson who finishes low and hard.

GOAL

Portadown 0-5 Glentoran

Glens substitute Jonathan Smith makes it five for the Glens.

He heads in after a cross from the left by the lively Chris Lavery in the 83rd minute.

RED CARD

Ballymena Utd 3-4 Glenavon

After scoring twice Francis McCaffrey is dismissed for a late tackle on James Singleton - Ballymena down to 10 men for the last six minutes. 

RED CARD

Ards 2-3 Crusaders

Ards scorer Craig McMillen is sent-off after an off-the-ball incident with Andrew Mitchell. Crusaders will have the extra man for the last 10 minutes.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Linfield 0-1 Coleraine

Linfield's Andrew Waterworth fires into the net but the flag goes up straight away for offside.

It comes after Chris Johns makes a brilliant save from Stephen Lowry - Waterworth pounces on the rebound but it doesn't count.

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 3-4 Glenavon

Greg Moorhouse completes his hat-trick as Glenavon go in front.