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Live Reporting

By Richard Petrie

All times stated are UK

  1. Over and out

    Well, that's it from another exciting afternoon of Premiership action.

    Only two games, but plenty of excitement and drama to keep us entertained.

    Join us for live radio coverage of Tuesday night's League Cup second round as Ballymena begin the defence of the trophy they won last season on BBC Radio Ulster medium wave and the BBC Sport NI website from 19:30 BST.

    We'll have score updates and of course we'll be back for another round of matches next Saturday.

    Bye for now.

  2. Coates content after Crues win

    Cliftonville 1-2 Crusaders

    Quote Message: It was a typical blood and thunder north Belfast derby. We came out of the blocks well and controlled the first half, then my sending off probably put us under a wee bit of pressure. They threw a lot at us in the last 10 minutes but we were able to see the game out. I thought my first yellow card was justified but the second was a bit harsh. from Colin Coates Crusaders captain
    Colin CoatesCrusaders captain
  3. Gray laments off-colour Reds

    Cliftonville 1-2 Crusaders

    Quote Message: We had a disastrous start and you can't do that against teams like Crusaders. From a defensive point of view we were not good enough and it was a harsh lesson for us. from Barry Gray Cliftonville manager
    Barry GrayCliftonville manager
  4. Jeffrey's view

    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: I'm most disappointed. I thought our performance more than merited a point and I thought we more than contributed. We wanted a response from last week and we got that in abundance. We worked hard in training all week and we had men of great resolve who gave their all. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United manager
    David JeffreyBallymena United manager
  5. Healy on Smyth's imminent departure to QPR

    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: I'm pleased that it looks like Paul is going to get his opportunity, subject to a medical. Everything else seems to have been agreed. He's been a shining light for us and has given us a spark. He has the ability but the hard work starts for him now. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  6. Happy Healy

    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: It wasn't our most polished performance but I'm thrilled with the win. This was a different test for us as we were ahead by half-time in our three previous games, while today we had to come out in the second half and find a way. Ballymena had a gameplan and stuck to it but today is massive for us and gives us a bit more momentum going into a new month. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  7. Blues back on top

    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    So Linfield are back on top of the table, ahead of Coleraine on goal difference, with Glenavon third, two points behind the pacesetters.

    All three clubs are unbeaten in the campaign so far.

  8. FULL-TIME

    Cliftonville 1-2 Crusaders

    Crusaders continue their recent domination of the north Belfast derby with their 11th win in the last 12 games between the sides.

    The Crues back to winning ways and up to fourth in the table.

  9. CLOSE!

    Cliftonville 1-2 Crusaders

    Matthew Snoddy blasts over the bar from four yards out and then Gavin Whyte is denied by Brett Long as Crusaders push for a third.

  10. FULL-TIME

    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    They were made to battle all the way but champions Linfield make it four wins out of four as they continue their perfect start to the season.

    Still no goals conceded either by the Blues as they begin the defence of their title in style.

    Close but no cigar for Ballymena. Manager David Jeffrey will be happier with his side's performance but just one point from four outings isn't the start to the campaign he was looking for.

  11. GOAL

    Cliftonville 1-2 Crusaders

    Jay Donnelly pulls one back for Cliftonville, firing into the corner past Brian Jensen after Chris Curran skipped past Mark McChrystal and provided the cross.

    A lifeline for the Reds with seven minutes of added time remaining.

    Could an unlikely draw be on the cards?

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    Video caption: Jay Donnelly pulls one back for Cliftonville
  12. INJURY TIME

    Cliftonville 0-2 Crusaders

    The fourth official indicates eight minutes of injury time at Solitude.

    Still hope for the hosts?

  13. RED CARD

    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    Soon after going behind Ballymena are reduced to 10 men when Andrew Burns is sent for an early bath by referee Evan Boyce after a late challenge on Jamie Mulgrew.

  14. PENALTY

    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    Linfield eventually break down Ballymena's stubborn resistance through Andrew Mitchell's well-struck 78th-minute penalty.

    Mitchell was brought down inside the area and stepped up to blast past Brennan from the spot.

    The second of the season for the former Crusaders midfielder, who was also on target in last week's 4-0 victory at Dungannon.

  15. RED CARD

    Cliftonville 0-2 Crusaders

    Cliftonville defender Levi Ives receives a straight red card for a high 'over the top' lunge on Declan Caddell, who is stretchered off.

    A late and dangerous tackle by Ives and referee Tim Marshall had no choice but to send off the Reds player. Both sides now down to 10 men.

    A melee involving several players ensues but calm is soon restored.

  16. GREAT SAVE!

    Linfield 0-0 Ballymena Utd

    Paul Smyth's curling long-range strike is met by an acrobatic save from Conor Brennan as Linfield continue their search for an opener.

    More urgency and intent in the second period from David Healy's men.

  17. RED CARD

    Cliftonville 0-2 Crusaders

    Crusaders captain Colin Coates is sent-off for two rash challenges on Joe Gormley in the space of two minutes.

    63 minutes gone and we could be in for an interesting last half hour.

  18. Reds on road to recovery?

    Cliftonville 0-2 Crusaders

    Cliftonville still trail 2-0 at Solitude but the Reds are more in the game in the second half. Not creating any clearcut chances though.

  19. CLOSE!

    Linfield 0-0 Ballymena Utd

    Linfield go close as Kirk Millar's corner from the right is met by the head of Mark Haughey, but his attempt is cleared off the line by Fra McCaffrey.

    Paul Smyth almost breaks the deadlock soon after. Linfield piling on the pressure with a series of corners.

  20. GREAT SAVE!

    Linfield 0-0 Ballymena Utd

    Roy Carroll makes a fine diving left-handed save to deny Kyle Owens' rifled effort at the start of the second half.