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Summary

  1. Ballinamallard United 0-3 Crusaders
  2. Coleraine -P- Linfield
  3. Carrick Rangers -P- Dungannon Swifts

Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig

All times stated are UK

  1. Final whistle

    That's all for now after Crusaders end Coleraine's long reign at the top of the Premiership standings. Ballinamallard battled hard but the visitor's superior quality shone through in the second half and we witnessed New Year crackers from Jordan Forsythe and Billy Joe Burns.

    Stephen Baxter's side are now on course for a third title in four years as their brilliant form continues, with the Ferney victory making it 12 wins and a draw in the last 13 league matches. The Mallards have just one three-pointer in the campaign but their attitude could not be faulted and there's a long way to go in both the relegtion and title races.

    Thanks for joining us and we'll be back on Tuesday evening for three Premiership games. Ards host Glenavon, Ballymena visit Cliftonville and Glentoran take on Warrenpoint Town at the Oval.

  2. Mallards bring in Crues pair in loan deal

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-3 Crusaders

    Ballinamallard boss Gavin Dykes has signed Stephen O'Flynn and Michael Kerr on loan deals from Crusaders as the Fermanagh side battle to avoid the drop. The home defeat by the Crues means the Mallards remain five points adrift at the bottom.

  3. Jeffrey hails Forsythe strike

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-3 Crusaders

    Quote Message: Crusaders showed more urgency in the second half but Ballinamallard were well in the game until Jordan Forsythe's opener. It came from nothing and you just didn't expect it to happen. It required such accuracy and skill and it needed that piece of brilliance to open up Ballinamallard. Despite the dreadful conditions it was a great advert for Irish League football and it was a deserved win for Crusaders. from David Jeffrey Sportsound summariser
    David JeffreySportsound summariser
  4. Being top means nothing now - Forsythe

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-3 Crusaders

    Quote Message: The goal was a bit of a blur but I'm delighted to get. It was hard for us in the first half and Richard Brush made a couple of good goals. We just needed the goal in order to push on - it's always hard here, tough to get the three points. We're top of the league now but we will not get carried away as it means nothing at this stage. from Jordan Forsythe Crusaders scorer
    Jordan ForsytheCrusaders scorer
  5. Here's how the bottom half stands

    irish Premiership bottom six
  6. Burns blasts home to seal Crues victory

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-3 Crusaders

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    Video caption: Burns belter beats Ballinmallard's Brush
  7. Change at the top

    Irish Premiership top six
  8. Full-time

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-3 Crusaders

    Crusaders replace Coleraine at the Premiership summit thanks to three second-half goals at Ferney Park.

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  9. GOAL

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-3 Crusaders

    Billy Joe Burns blasts in a superb third goal for the Crues. The full-back netted a goal of the season contender against Linfield on Saturday and he follows it up with another belter, connecting with the ball on the half-volley and it flies into the corner of the net. Crusaders are going top!

  10. Fortunes shines on Crues as they double lead

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-2 Crusaders

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    Video caption: Ballinamallard's Matthew Smyth turns the ball into his own net
  11. McCann makes vital interception

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-2 Crusaders

    A flowing Crusaders moves ends with Gavin Whyte bursting through on goal. The winger rounds keeper Richard Brush but Ben McCann nips in and clears as Whyte is about to make it 3-0.

  12. Dream debut for Smyth!

    Paul Smyth scores on his Queens Park Rangers debut to put the Loftus Road side 2-1 up against Cardiff City

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  13. GOAL

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-2 Crusaders

    An own-goal doubles the lead for Crusaders with the unfortunate Matthew Smyth diverting Paul Heatley's cross into the Mallards net. Heatley fizzed the ball across goal, leaving Smyth with little time to react and he can only send his clearance into the roof of the net. The goal was coming and the Crues look good for the three points and a move to the top of the Premiership standings.

  14. CLOSE!

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-1 Crusaders

    Paul Heatley is put clear on the left and his low shot comes off the inside of Richard Brush's leg to divert the ball just wide. The hosts have yet to create a decent chance at the other end in the second half and time is running out.

  15. Mallards vulnerable to Crues pace

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-1 Crusaders

    Quote Message: We've talked about Ballinamallard being strong and compact and hitting Crusaders on the break, but they have to go for the equaliser and that leaves them vulnerable. They have to watch out now for the pace of Whyte and Heatley. from David Jeffrey Sportsound summariser
    David JeffreySportsound summariser
  16. Forsythe cracker puts Crues in front

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-1 Crusaders

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    Video caption: Crusaders Jordan Forsythe opens the scoring with a superb volley
  17. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-1 Crusaders

    A long throw comes in and a Mallards substitute Ben McCann heads the ball onto his own crossbar. It's all Crusaders now and a second goal for the visitors is on the cards.

  18. GOAL

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-1 Crusaders

    What a belter from Jordan Forsythe - a looping 25-yard volley beats Richard Brush and the Crues go in front. The midfielder strikes the ball off the inside of the post and into the net. It was going to take something special to beat Brush and the keeper had no chance. However, Brush did make a good save from Paul Healtley's strike to ensure the lead was not doubled. As it stands the Crues are going top!

  19. Gavin takes a tumble

    Ballinamallard Utd 0-0 Crusaders

    Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte doesn't look too impressed with this challenge at Ferney Park
    Image caption: Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte doesn't look too impressed with this challenge at Ferney Park