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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Richard Petrie and Lyle Jackson

All times stated are UK

That's all folks!

Well, that's it from a day when things went pretty much according to the formbook in the Irish Premiership.

Wins for the leading five clubs mean it's 'as you were' at the top end of the table as Coleraine maintain their six-point advantage over Crusaders and Glenavon, who both have a game in hand.

Cliftonville and Linfield are still well in the hunt as well, while the bottom four look like they are being cut adrift as the battle to avoid relegation and a play-off spot hots up.

Ballymena are looming large in the rear view mirror of Glentoran as they aim to move into the top six.

Keep an eye on the BBC Sport NI website during the evening to view highlights and goals from all of today's games and be sure to join us next Saturday for more top-flight action.

What they said

Ballymena Utd 2-1 Ballinamallard Utd

The last 10 minutes was tense and nervy but Ballymena United never do things in an easy way. Ballinamallard are fighting for their lives but some of our football was excellent. I'm annoyed that we didn't finish the game off as we squandered four or five very good chances but at the end of the day it's a win, three points, and we move on.

David JeffreyBallymena United manager

What they said

Warrenpoint Town 1-3 Cliftonville

We were playing a good team but I thought in the first half we more than matched them. We can't defend the way we defended and we can't keep gifting sides two or three goals every week. I can't take positives from a defeat. I'm sick of losing.

Matthew TiptonWarrenpoint Town manager

What they said

Crusaders 1-0 Glentoran

We had the better of the first half but we couldn't convert our chances. If we had gone in three or four to the good at half-time I don't think anyone could have had any complaints. The boys kept fighting and scrapping but our performance was improved this week.

Gary HaveronGlentoran manager

What they said

Crusaders 1-0 Glentoran

Every victory is important and we had to fight for the three points today in a feisty contest. Glentoran came with a view to fight us last week - there was always going to be a backlash from their defeat last week - and they did fight us first half, but after half-time we won the key battles and got the important goal.

Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager

How they stand

Irish Premiership table

Irish Premiership top six
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Irish Premiership bottom six
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What they said

Warrenpoint Town 1-3 Cliftonville

It was a bit strange to be back at Warrenpoint as an opposition manager for the first time and see so many friendly faces, but we had to be professional and focus on the game. I'm delighted to get all three points. We allowed them far too much time on the ball in the first half, but our second-half performance was impressive and we got the job done.

Barry GrayCliftonville manager

What they said

Carrick Rangers 1-3 Coleraine

I'm very disappointed but not despondent as I thought we were in the game for long periods today. If we bring the same attitude and endeavour every week, then we won't be far away but we have to turn those efforts into points.

David McAlindenCarrick Rangers boss

What they said

Carriack Rangers 1-3 Coleraine

We knew how tough it was going to be but we weathered the early storm and picked up three points. Brad Lyons was immense - he's such a big player for us - he's been pivotal for us all season and it's great to have him back.

Oran KearneyColeraine manager

What they said

Linfield 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

It wasn't our best performance today but we dug deep in the second half and got the goal. We were sloppy in picking the right pass and the right finish at times today but you never know, come the end of the season this could be a big three points for us.

David HealyLinfield manager

What they said

Linfield 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Linfield probably edged the first half but we kept ourselves in the game. I thought we improved in the second half and gave ourselves an opportunity to get something out of it. Roy Carroll made a couple of great saves - he's a big player for them, but I'm happy with the application of our players. We dug in and gave it everything.

Rodney McAreeDungannon Swifts manager

What they said

Ards 0-2 Glenavon

It was a good win for us today. It was a test of character for our players and we showed it in abundance. I thought we dominated the game from start to finish. For me, Andrew Doyle's second yellow card was never a yellow card and we have been on the end of some very average refereeing performances in the past few weeks. The boys were fired up because they knew they weren't going to get any help from the officials - they won through their own hard work.

Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager

What they said

Ards 0-2 Glenavon

I'm really disappointed. When we came in 0-0 at half-time and a man to the good we should have kicked on and won the game. I thought we played better when they had 11 men but we stopped doing the things we were doing well. This is a chance passed up. We worked hard but a lack of quality in the final third let us down again.

Colin NixonArds manager

FULL-TIME

Warrenpoint Town 1-3 Cliftonville

A 93rd minute goal from Jay Donnelly put the gloss on a win for the Reds.

It was a happy return to Milltown for former Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray as his Cliftonville side made it six consecutive victories.

Joe Gormley had given the Reds an early lead which was cancelled out by Sean Mackle's equaliser. Rory Donnelly made it 2-1 on the half hour before his brother's injury-time strike sealed the win.

FULL-TIME

Ballymena Utd 2-1 Ballinamallard Utd

Seventh-placed Ballymena move to within a point of Glentoran above them in the table thanks to this win over Ballinamallard.

The Mallards didn't 'duck' the challenge but fell short again and are still four points adrift at the foot of the table.

Irish Premiership FT

Irish Premiership FT
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FULL-TIME

Carrick Rangers 1-3 Coleraine

Carrick didn't make it easy for Oran Kearney's men but Coleraine possessed the class and superior finishing which proved decisive.

Three more points in the bag for the leaders who remain six points clear at the top.

FULL-TIME

Linfield 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

A second-half header from Andy Waterworth wins all three points for the Blues. See how the goal went in:

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FULL-TIME

Ards 0-2 Glenavon

Three hard-earned points for Glenavon against the team with the worst home record in the Premiership.

Sub Adam Foley and Mark Sykes with the late goals.

Red cards for Glenavon's Andrew Doyle and Johnny Taylor of Ards.

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton ordered off for comments made from the dug-out.

FULL-TIME

Crusaders 1-0 Glentroan

Second-placed Crusaders bag the three points at Seaview thanks to Jordan Forsythe's goal early in the second half.

Stephen Baxter's men had to play the last 15 minutes or so with 10 men after Howard Beverland's dismissal, and the Crues were furious referee Stephen Gregg did not send off Glentoran's Kym Nelson in a later incident.

The tempers are at bit frayed at the end, and it all gets a bit silly with some needless pushing a shoving after the final whistle.

Watch Coleraine make it 3-1

Carrick Rangers 1-3 Coleraine

Jamie McGonigle takes advantage of his slice of luck to fire in his side's third goal against Carrick.

Jamie McGonigle makes it 3-1 to Coleraine after a huge slice of luck

CLOSE!

Warrenpoint Town 1-2 Cliftonville

Home keeper Jonathan Parr dives to his right to make a great save from a Chris Curran shot to keep Town in the game.

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 2-1 Ballinamallard United

Gary Armstrong pulls one back for the visitors in the 84th minute with a back-post finish from a low cross which the hosts' defence are unable to cut out.

Hope springs eternal for the Mallards!

International to the rescue

Linfield 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Linfield's Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll makes another fine save as he denies Peter McMahon after a good break from the winger. The Blues still have their noses in front.

Top Mark

Ards 0-2 Glenavon

Mark Sykes weaves his way through the Ards defence to score Glenavon's second. No-one can stop the skilful youngster as he breezes through to beat home keeper Aaron Hogg.

RED CARD

Ards 0-1 Glenavon

Ards defender Johnny Taylor is sent off for running straight into the back of goal scorer Foley. So both teams down to 10 men now.

GOAL

Ards 0-1 Glenavon

Adam Foley scores for 10-man Glenavon 10 minutes from time.

Mark Sykes did the spadework on the right, crossing for substitute Foley to tuck in.

GOAL

Carrick Rangers 1-3 Coleraine

Jamie McGonigle gives Coleraine a two-goal cushion by tapping in from close range in the 72nd minute.

There was a bit of pinball in the area with the ball hitting the crossbar but McGonigle got the final touch to give his side some breathing space.

CLOSE!

Linfield 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Blues sub Ryan Strain forces a good save from visiting goalkeeper Stuart Addis. A few minutes later Strain threatened again, but his effort was deflected wide.

RED CARD

Crusaders 1-0 Glentoran

Crues defender Howard Beverland picks up his second booking of the second half at Seaview.

It seems Beverland tried to prevent Glentoran taking a quick free-kick. He will be regretting that now.

Can the Crues close this out with 10 men?

GOAL

Linfield 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Striker Andy Waterworth opens the scoring for the Blues with a 67th minute header from 10 yards out after meeting Matthew Clarke's cross.

Lyons' tame effort

Carrick Rangers 1-2 Coleraine

Brad Lyons with a chance but his right-foot drive flew wide of the post.

Could, and maybe should, have been a second for the leaders. Still all to play for.

Crues in front

Crusaders 1-0 Glentoran

Jordan Forsythe gives Crusaders the lead at Seaview

CLOSE!

Linfield 0-0 Dungannon Swifts

Dungannon come close as Linfield goalkeeper Roy Carroll comes off his line to save well from Swifts winger Kris Lowe.

Minutes earlier Andrew Waterworth cut inside from the right but could only find the side-netting with his left-foot shot for Linfield.

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 2-0 Ballinamallard Utd

Conor McCloskey provides the through ball, Johnny McMurray with the cross-cum-shot and Cathair Friel gets the final touch to poke the ball over the goal-line.

2-0 after 57 minutes.

GREAT SAVE!

Carrick Rangers 1-2 Coleraine

Chris Johns dives low to his right to deny Gavin Taggart's well-struck 25-yard shot and then recovers to save from Martin Maybin's header.

A great double stop from the Coleraine keeper. How crucial could that be come full-time?

CLOSE!

Carrick Rangers 1-2 Coleraine

Adam Mullan's cross just evades Lyons and McGonigle as Coleraine go close to extending their advantage.

GOAL

Crusaders 1-0 Glentoran

Jordan Forsythe with the goal for Crusaders in the 53rd minute at Seaview.

Paul Heatley lays it off and Forsythe applies a precise finish for his seventh goal of the season.

Before today, Glens had not won on their previous 10 league visits to Seaview, managing just two draws in a run dating back to April 2014. Their sorry sequence looks like continuing.

And they're off

Ards 0-0 Glenavon

Glenavon defender Andrew Doyle makes his way off after his 37th-minute red card at Bangor, walking past manager Gary Hamilton who had earlier been ordered from the dug-out for comments to the match officials.

It looks as if the local first aid attendant is advising Gary not to let it get to him so much.

Glenavon's Andrew Doyle is sent off in the match against Ards
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Glenavon's Andrew Doyle is sent off in the match against Ards

CLOSE!

Ballymena Utd 1-0 Ballinamallard Utd

McMurray beats the offisde trap and squares to Cathair Friel's head but his strike partner can't find the target.

Big chance for the home side who have won seven and drawn one of their last eight home games in all competitions.