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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Richard Petrie and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all folks

    Crues maintain seven-point advantage

    So Crusaders continue their seemingly inexorable march to a third straight Irish Premiership title with the most composed of 1-0 victories at Mourneview Park. Crusaders have won 20 of their 27 games this season and eight of those wins have been on a 1-0 scoreline. That's what you call economy of effort. Thanks for following the action today. We'll be back on duty with coverage of next weekend's Irish Cup sixth round and the Premiership game between Ards and Carrick Rangers.

    Jordan Owens congratulates Crusaders' goalscorer Declan Caddell at Mourneview Park
    Image caption: Declan Caddell's goal kept Crusaders seven points clear at the top of the Irish Premiership
  2. What they said

    Quote Message: We were the better team for the first five or 10 minutes but as I've been saying for the last couple of weeks, we just conceded bad goals which were avoidable to put us 2-0 down and on the back foot. I can't fault the boys' work-rate and effort because they got themselves back into the game with our goal. We were probably the better team going into the second half but unfortunately it just wasn't to be and we conceded another poor goal late on. from Colin Nixon Ards manager
    Colin NixonArds manager
    Ards manager Colin Nixon
    Image caption: Ards manager Colin Nixon bemoaned his side's defending after the 3-1 defeat by Coleraine at the Showgrounds
  3. What they said

    Quote Message: We had to dig in for long spells but we did well. We probably could have nicked another goal on the break and made life a little bit easier for us. We've a system that we play. We're definitely a lot better than we were. With all that was going on in pre-season, it was always going to be difficult for us. We've added a few players. Our goalkeeper (Richard Brush) has been worth a lot of points to us and people thought we would struggle when we lost Adam Lecky but Josh McIlwaine has been really good. from Gavin Dykes Ballinamallard United manager
    Gavin DykesBallinamallard United manager
    Ballinamallard United manager Gavin Dykes
    Image caption: Gavin Dykes' side have earned seven points from their three games with Glentoran this season
  4. What they said

    Dungannon Swifts 1-4 Linfield

    Quote Message: The gaffer had some choice words for us at the break after conceding the equaliser, but we came out and got one early in the second-half. For me as well, it was nice to get the ball rolling again and it was a tap-in, which is my favourite type of goal to score. Unfortunately, Aaron Burns has a dislocated shoulder. I'm disappointed for him, he's a big player for us. It would be nice to see us sign a few players before the window closes but we certainly have enough in the changing room as it is and I'm sure some of the guys that aren't playing as regularly can do a job for us if called upon. from Andrew Waterworth Linfield striker
    Andrew WaterworthLinfield striker
    Andrew Waterworth
    Image caption: Andrew Waterworth
  5. What they said

    Quote Message: No team dominated in terms of chances created. Right of half-time, if that chance goes in, I think we would have gone in at a deserved one each. In the second half, neither team really threatened. Both defences were on top. The pleasing aspect for us was that we defended well against such a good team but on the other side of the coin, we didn't work their keeper enough. from Gary Hamilton Glenavon manager
    Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager
    Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton
    Image caption: Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton
  6. What they said

    Ballymena United 3-1 Carrick Rangers

    Quote Message: We left it late, but we did well and created several chances in the first-half and we really should have been going into the break at least three or four up. To be fair to Carrick, they took the game to us in the second-half and scored. However, we brought Neil Lowry on and he changed the game for us. He's had a torrid time with injuries and we played him out on the right instead of centrally, but he created two goals for us. We left it late but, once again, we were very entertaining. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United boss
    David JeffreyBallymena United boss
    Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey
    Image caption: Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey
  7. What they said

    Glenavon 0-1 Crusaders

    Quote Message: David Cushley produced a wonder pass for the goal. He just drilled it but Declan Caddell took that ball on his chest from 70 yards and he buried it. What a wonderful strike! We had to battle in the second half. Johnny Tuffey's kicks a lovely flat ball in on top of you and we had to make sure we were strong in the air to deal with that. I felt we were comfortable enough and always looked lively on the break. We're come away with the three points so we are very happy. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
    Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter
    Image caption: Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter
  8. What they said

    Cliftonville 3-0 Portadown

    Quote Message: Some of our play was devastating at times and I thought we were a different level in the first-half. It's how we train and I told the boys to play how we train, so some of the movement and passing was breathtaking at times. Disappointed, I must say, not to score more in the second-half. We did attack, but we were missing that end product, trying to walk the ball in at times. But I'm pleased because we asked for a response after the defeat to Crusaders and they were magnificent. from Gerard Lyttle Cliftonville manager
    Gerard LyttleCliftonville manager
    Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle
    Image caption: Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle
  9. What they said

    Cliftonville 3-0 Portadown

    Quote Message: I thought Cliftonville were fantastic today, but we were also the architect of our own downfall. we were poor defensively, just like against Glenavon and it's basic, schoolboy stuff. We have to take some responsibility. It's hard enough coming to Cliftonville without gifting them such an easy goal to begin with. We got ourselves in decent positions today but just didn't have that final ball, but Cliftonville were certainly worthy winners. from Niall Currie Portadown boss
    Niall CurriePortadown boss
    Portadown manager Niall Currie
    Image caption: Portadown manager Niall Currie
  10. What they said

    Coleraine 3-1 Ards

    Quote Message: It was tough, we knew it was always going to be against Ards and it was probably tougher than we expected, but credit to our lads. It's been a great month and I thought it was important to start this game well, which we did. Disappointed to concede from the penalty but I thought we controlled the game after that and I thought are goals were brilliant. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
    Coleraine manager Oran Kearney
    Image caption: Coleraine manager Oran Kearney
  11. FULL-TIME

    Glenavon 0-1 Crusaders

    Crusaders complete about as comfortable a 1-0 win as you will see at Mourneview Park. Glenavon sent keeper Jonathan Tuffey up the field for a corner right at the death but it came to nothing. 

    The leaders and champions stay seven points clear of Linfield with Declan Caddell's first-half goal securing a deserved three points.

    Jordan Owens and Declan Caddell of Crusaders
    Image caption: Jordan Owens and Declan Caddell of Crusaders
  12. FULL-TIME

    Glentoran 0-1 Ballinamallard Utd

    Ballinamallard have earned a big win at Glentoran and probably dealt a fatal blow to the home side's hopes of earning a top-six spot. 

    Glentoran had plenty of chances in the second half but failed to take them and Ryan Mayse's first-half goal has secured the visitors the points.

    Ryan Mayse of Ballinamallard United
    Image caption: Ryan Mayse of Ballinamallard United
  13. FULL-TIME

    Dungannon Swifts 1-4 Linfield

    An ultimately convincing win for Linfield as they continue their good run of results against the Swifts in recent seasons.

    The Blues maintain their relentless pursuit of Crusaders as they still trail the leaders by seven points, assuming Crusaders see out their 1-0 lead at Glenavon.

  14. INJURY TIME

    Glenavon 0-1 Crusaders

    We're in the second of six minutes of added time at Mourneview Park. In truth, Glenavon are scarcely threatening to get on terms. It's been a scrappy second half but if anything that has suited the Crues. No fluency from the home side at all.

  15. FULL-TIME

    Cliftonville 3-0 Portadown

    An easy three points for Cliftonville, sweeping past a poor Portadown side with first-half strikes from Jude Winchester, Jay Donnelly and Chris Curran enough for Gerard Lyttle's Reds. 

    Cliftonville's Jay Donnelly
    Image caption: Cliftonville's Jay Donnelly
  16. FULL-TIME

    Ballymena Utd 3-1 Carrick Rangers

    Ballymena make it three wins out of three against Carrick in the league this season although they left it late to secure the three points this time round.

    The honours go the way of the Sky Blues in the dress rehearsal for the League Cup final on 18 February. 

  17. FULL-TIME

    Coleraine 3-1 Ards

    It's all over at The Showgrounds. Five wins in a row for Coleraine, five defeats in a row for Ards. Ian Parkhill, Jamie McGonigle and James McLaughlin on target for Oran Kearney's side. 

    Coleraine players celebrate victory over Ards
    Image caption: Coleraine players celebrate victory over Ards
  18. GOAL

    Ballymena Utd 3-1 Carrick Rangers

    Johnny McMurray is eventually rewarded for his considerable efforts by bundling the ball home for what must be the clincher for Ballymena at the Showgrounds.

  19. OFF THE BAR!

    Cliftonville 3-0 Portadown

    The Reds have spurned several opportunities to make this a real demolition, but it remains just the three. David McDaid sees his effort tipped onto the bar by McGaughey who, despite being culpable for Curran's goal, has had an excellent game between the sticks and prevented it from being five or six. 

  20. GOAL

    Ballymena Utd 2-1 Carrick Rangers

    Cathair Friel makes it 2-1 to Ballymena, his second of the game and 19th of the season.

    The former Limavady striker fires a half-volley past Brian Neeson.