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Summary

  1. Ards 2-1 Ballinamallard United
  2. Carrick Rangers 1-1 Glentoran
  3. Dungannon Swifts 0-3 Glenavon
  4. Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville

Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig and Stephen Alexander

All times stated are UK

  1. That's yer lot!

    Thanks for joining us on a day when Linfield and Glenavon boosted their title hopes while Cliftonville's momentum was halted at Windsor Park. Carrick collected a vital point at the bottom with Ballinamallard now five points adrift at the basement.

    We hope you have a wonderful Christmas before joining us again on Boxing Day for the festive derbies. Leaders Coleraine host Ballymena and Linfield visit Glentoran while Crusaders and Cliftonville meet at Seaview.

    See you soon.

  2. Second-half improvement pleases McAlinden

    Carrick Rangers 1-1 Glentoran

    Quote Message: We weren't good enough in the first half - we didn't work hard enough and we didn't believe that we deserved to win the game. That was a major issue. But thankfully we corrected those things in the second half and the boys did very well to get the goal. from David McAlinden Carrick Rangers manager
    David McAlindenCarrick Rangers manager
  3. Clingan delight with Glenavon win

    Dungannon Swifts 0-3 Glenavon

    Quote Message: We're delighted to get the three points because this has been a difficult fixture for Glenavon in recent years. Hopefully we can now put a run together over the Christmas period. I'm delighted the get two goals but it all started with a fantastic finish from Mark Sykes. It's nice to move up to third - we haven't got the biggest squad but the boys in that dressing room would die for each other. from Sammy Clingan Glenavon midfielder
    Sammy ClinganGlenavon midfielder
  4. Healy happy again

    Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: Hard work was the key to the win - we went back to basics today. Against Warrenpoint last week we struggled in terms of momentum and creating changes. The second goal was the big one, it killed the game. The focus will switch to the Boxing Day game against Glentoran and it's a game we should all relish. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  5. Will helps Wigan to record win

    NI striker Will Grigg hits a hat-trick as Wigan hammer Oxford United.

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  6. Top of the table

    Irish Premiership - Top 6
    Image caption: Irish Premiership - Top 6
  7. Bottom of the class

    Irish Premiership - Bottom 6
    Image caption: Irish Premiership - Bottom 6
  8. Nixon hails 'really big win' for Ards

    Ards 2-1 Ballinamallard Utd

    Quote Message: I thought we were well in control of the game and played well at times but we made it difficult for ourselves at the end and Ballinamallard never gave up. A clean sheet would have done us the world of good and I thought we defended really well as a team. It's a really big win for us. from Colin Nixon Ards manager
    Colin NixonArds manager
  9. Post update

    Irish Premiership FT
  10. Chapman strikes late leveller for Carrick

    Carrick Rangers 1-1 Glentoran

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    Video caption: Lee Chapman scores a late equaliser for Carrick against Glentoran
  11. FULL-TIME

    Ards 2-1 Ballinamallard Utd

    Ards fend off a late Ballinamallard fightback to claim three vital points but there is no light at the end of the tunnel for Gavin Dykes' relegation-threatened side.

  12. FULL-TIME

    Linfield 2-0 Cliftonville

    The champions move up to fourth while the Reds see their seven-game winning run come to an end as they drop from third to fifth.

  13. Glenavon run away with it

    Dungannon Swifts 0-3 Glenavon

    A comfortable victory for Glenavon - their sixth away win in a row in the Premiership.

    Mark Sykes gave them the lead, with Sammy Clingan adding a penalty and direct free-kick in the second half.

    Glenavon move up to third, replacing Cliftonville who lost at Linfield.

  14. FULL-TIME

    Carrick Rangers 1-1 Glentoran

    Relegation-threatened Rangers secure a crucial point thanks to a last-gasp equaliser.

  15. Goal action

    Ards 2-1 Ballinamallard United

    Watch Ballinamallard pull a late goal back against Ards, through Gary Armstrong.

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    Video caption: Gary Armstrong on target to give the Mallards late hope
  16. CLOSE!

    Ards 2-1 Ballinamallard Utd

    So close to an equaliser for Ballinamallard as Sam Johnston makes a tremendous low save in a goalmouth scramble.

  17. GOAL

    Carrick Rangers 1-1 Glentoran

    Rangers score a 90th-minute equaliser with Lee Chapman volleying home from close range. Carrick had been pressing in the last 15 minutes and they are rewarded as Chapman connects with a cross at the backpost.

  18. That's Sam effort

    Dungannon Swifts 0-3 Glenavon

    This free-kick by Sammy Clingan made it 3-0 for Glenavon away to Dungannon.

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    Video caption: Pin point perfect from Sammy Clingan for Glenavon
  19. GOAL

    Ards 2-1 Ballinamallard Utd

    A way back into the game for the Mallards as Gary Armstrong steers home a shot from the right hand side of the penalty area.

    Could there be a late twist in this game?