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Live Reporting

By Richard Petrie and Alvin McCaig

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all folks!

    Well, that's all from us on another action-packed day of local football as Crusaders extend their lead at the top of the Irish Premiership table to five points over Coleraine thanks to a win over Glentoran compared to the Bannsiders' draw with Glenavon.

    Everyone involved with Carrick Rangers should enjoy their Saturday night after ending a torrid winless run with a thumping victory over Ards.

    Linfield and Dungannon were unable to find a goal between them at Windsor Park.

    And hats off to Ballymena United, who sealed their place in the League Cup final for a second year in a row thanks to a hard-fought win over Cliftonville in their much-delayed encounter.

    Keep an eye on the BBC Sport NI website for highlights of all today's games appearing soon and be sure to join us next time for more of the usual drama and excitement.

    Bye for now.

  2. How they stand

    Top SIx
    Bottom Six
  3. What they said

    Ards 0-4 Carrick Rangers

    Quote Message: You couldn't take the smile off my face. The boys did exactly what we asked of them. We pinpointed certain areas where we thought they were weak, we capitalised on them I thought we were superior all over the pitch. The difference was our cutting edge in the final third of the pitch which was there for all to see. from David McAlinden Carrick Rangers manager
    David McAlindenCarrick Rangers manager
  4. What they said

    Linfield 0-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: I thought we maybe done enough to gain the three points, we had probably the best opportunities in the game. It probably sums up where we are in the table at the minute, probably a lack of cutting edge in the final third and we didn't take our half-chances and good chances. We lacked a spark of energy, a little bit of pace. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  5. What they said

    Linfield 0-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: It was extremely satisfying. I think we did extremely well. Our shape without the ball was very good and we limited Linfield to half chances. To come here and get a clean sheet, you have to be over the moon with that. We sowed a wee bit more belief in the first half after the first 15 minutes and we looked as if we could have gone in at half-time leading. from Rodney McAree Dungannon Swifts manager
    Rodney McAreeDungannon Swifts manager
  6. What they said

    Crusaders 4-2 Glentoran

    Quote Message: I'm very happy with the result but the performance is probably what I'm more happy with because it was relentless from us. Our domination of the ball, our passing, the areas we got into to score goals. We rattled the woodwork four times, it was scintillating to watch, a stunning performance across the board. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  7. What they said

    Crusaders 4-2 Glentoran

    Quote Message: Even though it finished 4-2, I thought we were by far the better team and 4-2 kind of flattered Glentoran a wee bit. At this stage of the season, every game is massive and three points is three points. All we can do is look after ourselves and hope that other teams can do us favours. from Billy Joe Burns Crusaders defender
    Billy Joe BurnsCrusaders defender
  8. What they said

    Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

    Quote Message: I'm disappointed not to pick up the three points. For anyone who has come here, it's probably one of the best games I've seen at the Showgrounds this season. It was end-to-end at times but in all honesty I think we have created enough chances to win two or three games. When you have games of the magnitude of this size, we all know the first goal is important but at this level, when you get chances like that (missed penalty) it's important they are put away. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
  9. What they said

    Ballymena Utd 3-1 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: They talk about Beckham. They talk about Rooney. What about Cathair Friel? What a finish. But I've got to say, some phenomenal performances and I've got to make a special mention. There is always one player who epitomises all that was good about the team performance and Kevin Braniff was exceptional. All the players were absolute heroes - they did phenomenally, phenomenally well. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United manager
    David JeffreyBallymena United manager
  10. Full-time

    Ballymena Utd 3-1 Cliftonville

    Ballymena are in the League Cup final for the second year in succession.

    Sky Blues fans will be hoping for the same outcome as last season but Dungannon Swifts will have other ideas!


    Linfield 0-0 Dungannon Swifts

    A low-key encounter ends in deadlock at a very wet Windsor Park.


    Crusaders 4-2 Glentoran

    Crusaders stretch their lead at the top of the table to five points after nearest challengers Coleraine are held to a draw.


    Ards 0-4 Carrick Rangers

    Carrick move four points clear of basement boys Ballinamallard thanks to this excellent away victory.

  14. GOAL

    Ballymena Utd 3-1 Cliftonville

    Cathair Friel scores from inside his own half with Brian Neeson off his line to secure victory for Ballymena!

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    Video caption: That is how you secure a place in a cup final!

    Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

    Coleraine slip five points behind leaders Crusaders as they are held by a determined Lurgan Blues team in the Showgrounds mud.

  16. GOAL

    Ballymena Utd 2-1 Cliftonville

    Jude Winchester pulls one back with one minute remaining, his slide tackle squirming its way into the net off the post. The chance came after Jim Ervin had lost his footing.

  17. GOAL

    Crusaders 4-2 Glentoran

    A late consolation for Glentoran as substitute Robbie McDaid latches onto a long pass and lobs the ball over advancing Crusaders keeper Brian Jensen.

  18. CLOSE!

    Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

    Gareth McConaghie heads over from a corner as Coleraine press for the winner. Three minutes of added time to be played.

  19. RED CARD

    Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

    Mark Sykes is sent-off after a clash with Eoin Bradley. Glenavon are down to 10 men for the last three minutes.


    Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

    Bannsiders winger Darren McCauley smashes a long-range strike off the bar. Eight minutes left for a late winner at the Showgrounds.