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Summary

  1. Ballinamallard 0-4 Ards (res)
  2. Ballymena 0-2 Coleraine (res)
  3. Cliftonville 3-1 Crusaders (res)
  4. Glenavon 2-2 Glentoran (res)
  5. Linfield 2-0 Carrick (res)
  6. Warrenpoint -P- Dungannon

Live Reporting

By Richard Petrie and Stephen Alexander

All times stated are UK

Over and out

Well, that's it from another dramatic day in the Premiership as Cliftonville's 3-1 win over Crusaders, allied to Coleraine's 2-0 win at Ballymena, sees the Bannsiders reduce their deficit at the top to two points.

With both sides having seven league fixtures still to play, it's all to play for in the run-in to the end of the campaign.

At the bottom, things are looking rather bleak for basement club Ballinamallard, although 11th-placed Carrick Rangers are still in their sights.

Thanks for joining us - keep an eye out for the highlights of today's games appearing on the BBC Sport NI website tonight an join us for coverage of the Irish Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday night.

Then we'll be back with a scheduled full programme of six matches next Saturday.

Bye for now.

Top six

How they stand

Irish Premiership - Top 6
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Irish Premiership - Top 6

Bottom six

How they stand

Irish Premiership - Bottom 6
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Irish Premiership - Bottom 6

What they said

Linfield 2-0 Carrick Rangers

I thought we were in it for long spells and we were making them work hard but we allowed too much ball into the box and then we lost our marker for the first one, then the second goal was a 'worldie'. Our big downfall today is that we didn't keep the ball the way we wanted to.

David McAlindenCarrick Rangers manager

Healy hails 'dominant' Blues

Linfield 2-0 Carrick Rangers

I thought, all in all, we were pretty dominant from the first whistle. We had to earn it - we got our first goal from a set lay and then a little bit of magic from Jamie Mulgrew won the game for us. Today was the priority but now we have a game on Tuesday which is a big game for us.

David HealyLinfield manager

'Brilliant day at the office' for Nixon

Ballinamallard Utd 0-4 Ards

It was a brilliant day at the office. I thought we were well on top from start to finish. There were superb performances all over the pitch but I have to single out Ross Clarke for a great hat-trick. It was fantastic and well-deserved. There was interest in him from other clubs and I'm sure there will be plenty of interest in him now because he's a fantastic player.

Colin NixonArds manager

Kearney urges Coleraine 'focus'

Ballymena Utd 0-2 Coleraine

Our key was to try to come here, win a 'derby' and get the three points. We're delighted we did that but the clean sheet is probably more pleasing than anything else. We just have to take care of what is in front of our noses, it's just so important we keep our focus and keep doing what we have to do. There are 21 points to go. I don't think Crusaders will be panicking - they have been here before so it's up to us to have the mettle to stick with them.

Oran KearneyColeraine manager

Griffin 'enjoying' his super-sub role

Glenavon 2-2 Glentoran

The character was mostly what we were happy with today. Losing to Loughgall was a big kick for us, today we played reasonably well but we lost two late goals and the character that we've showed this season came through. I'm hungry to score goals, hungry to win, I've got a nickname in the dressing room as Ole Gunnar Solskjær and that plays in my head when i'm coming on, I want to score. I'm enjoying scoring goals, i'm enjoying playing games and i'm enjoying playing for Glenavon.

Marc GriffinGlenavon goalscorer

'We go again' says Baxter

Cliftonville 3-1 Crusaders

We've had 18 wins and two draws in our last 20 games, it was going to happen at some stage. It's never nice losing here but ultimately we lost the game in the first 15 minutes today, you leave yourself with a mountain to climb when your three goals down. One of them was completely avoidable, the penalty kick was down to stupidity. It happens. We've lost a game of football, we have to pick up the pieces and go again.

Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager

Mallards boss Dykes 'considering position'

Ballinamallard Utd 0-4 Ards

I consider my own position all the time, of course I have to. We have to decide if the best thing for the football club is if I stay for the next seven games or if we can get somebody in and give it a bounce. That is not something we take lightly. We'll see what the weekend brings.

Gavin DykesBallinamallard United manager

Cliftonville boss praises 'brave' players

Cliftonville 3-1 Crusaders

Great result and great performance from the lads. It's very pleasing that it was across 90 minutes and our work ethic was second to none today, I'm delighted for the players. We've been on record this season saying our starts have been slow this season especially in the top six games. We were brave on the ball and we got our rewards early on. It's not ever easy to play with that bravery especially with sides of the quality of Crusaders.

Barry GrayCliftonville manager

Saturday's results

Premiership final scores

Irish Premiership results
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Irish Premiership results

FULL-TIME

Glenavon 2-2 Glentoran

Honours even at Mourneview.

Glenavon scored goals at both at the very start and the very end. Mark Sykes giving them the lead after two minutes before Glentoran turned the tables with goals from Curtis Allen and John McGuigan in three second half minutes.

The Lurgan Blues got their deserved equaliser through substitute Marc Griffin with a minute left.

FULL-TIME

Cliftonville 3-1 Crusaders

Crusaders are defeated in the league for the first time since October 14. Fully deserved win for Cliftonville.

Joe Gormley and Rory Donnelly led the line brilliantly, the former scoring twice and the latter once in the opening 15 minutes.

Jordan Owens netted a late consolation for the Crues.

The Reds win their first North Belfast derby in the league since October 2014, Crusaders now hold a two point lead at the top of the table.

Woodwork again

Cliftonville 3-1 Crusaders

Jordan Owens is four yards out, heads the ball into the ground and it bounces all the way up and off the bar. Last action of the match most likely.

FULL-TIME

Ballymena Utd 0-2 Coleraine

A well-deserved win for the title-chasing Bannsiders, who could probably have won by a greater margin against a Ballymena side which lacked cutting edge, without three recognised frontmen.

FULL-TIME

Linfield 2-0 Carrick Rangers

Second-half goals from Mark Stafford and Jamie Mulgrew give Linfield a 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers at Windsor Park.

FULL-TIME

Ballinamallard Utd 0-4 Ards

Ross Clarke's hat-trick is the stand-out stat of a handsome victory for Ards.

A result which will do Ballinamallard's hopes of beating the drop no good at all.

GOAL

Glenavon 2-2 Glentoran

A late equaliser! Marc Griffin grabs his tenth of the season with a near post header from a cross delivered by former Glens man Eric Foley.

GOAL

Cliftonville 3-1 Crusaders

Jordan Owens nabs one back with three and a half minutes to go.

Too little too late...right?

GREAT SAVE!

Ballymena Utd 0-2 Coleraine

Lyndon Kane embarks on a surging run before slipping a pass into the path of substitute Ian Parkhill but Ross Glendinning is quickly off his line to deflect the effort behind off his body.

Coleraine chase clinching goal

Ballymena Utd 0-2 Coleraine

Coleraine break quickly but left-back Aaron Traynor, arriving to join the attack, drags his shot wide.

Donnelly nearly doubles up

Cliftonville 3-0 Crusaders

Chris Curran finds Rory Donnelly in space in the box. His strike is only kept out by a flying block from Colin Coates.

GOAL

Glenavon 1-2 Glentoran

Game turned on it's head.

This time Allen turns provider, playing it across goal for substitute John McGuigan to finish.

Glenavon have dominated this game for long spells and will be ruing the chances that have gone begging.

GOAL

Glenavon 1-1 Glentoran

Curtis Allen levels it up at Mourneview.

The marksman strikes again and continues his rich vein of form, turning in Marcus Kane's knock down.

CLOSE!

Ballymena Utd 0-2 Coleraine

Eoin Bradley races clear onto a long goal kick from his goalkeeper Chris Johns but fires wide.

That could well have been game over.

Gormley departs

Cliftonville 3-0 Crusaders

No back to back hat-tricks for Joe Gormley against Cliftonville as he is replaced by Jay Donnelly, but he has been excellent today.

Ran the Crusaders defence ragged and his link up with Rory Donnelly is exactly what Reds fans want to see.

GOAL

Linfield 2-0 Carrick Rangers

Jamie Mulgrew curls a shot into the top right-hand corner with the outside of his foot for Linfield's second in the 71st minute.

That should be the three points in the bag for the champions now.

GOAL

Ballinamallard Utd 0-4 Ards

Ross Clarke completes his hat-trick for Ards with a neatly-taken free kick.

It came just after Ballinamallard were reduced to 10 men after defender Ryan O'Reilly picked up a second yellow card.

Bannsiders in control

Ballymena Utd 0-2 Coleraine

Coleraine are in a strong position after Darren McCauley's goal, while David Jeffrey's attacking options to change the game are limited after the loss of three recognised strikers to injuries.

Is this the day that Coleraine close to within two points of leaders Crusaders?

Owens denied!

Cliftonville 3-0 Crusaders

Brian Neeson really wants that clean sheet. Corner goes into the Cliftonville box and Owens gets there first as he so often does.

His header is downwards but Neeson reacts well and keeps it out.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Cliftonville 3-0 Crusaders

Heatley hits the woodwork for the second time today. This one is rather less deliberate than the first, as his free kick travels right over everyone and straight off the crossbar.

Neeson seems to have collided with a Crues player in going for the ball, but is ok to continue.

GOAL

Linfield 1-0 Carrick Rangers

Mark Stafford puts Linfield ahead in the 65th minute with a bullet-like header from a Niall Quinn free-kick.

The first chance of the second half and it's the Blues who break the deadlock.

Darren doubles Coleraine lead

Ballymena Utd 0-2 Coleraine

Watch as Darren McCauley's shot puts Coleraine 2-0 ahead at Ballymena.

Darren McCauley doubles the Bannsiders lead

Onslaught continues at Solitude

Cliftonville 3-0 Crusaders

Chris Curran releases an absolute peach of a strike from outside the box.

Only a fingertip save from Jensen prevents the Cliftonville captain from notching his side's fourth.

GOAL

Ballymena Utd 0-2 Coleraine

Darren McCauley takes advantage of some shoddy Ballymena defending to turn cleverly on the edge of the penalty area and his low shot bobbles into the bottom corner.

YELLOW CARD

Ballymena Utd 0-1 Coleraine

Flashpoint at the Showgrounds as Ballymena goalkeeper Ross Glendinning reacts less than favourably to Lyndon Kane's challenge on him.

After both players receive treatment, referee Evan Boyce issues a yellow card apiece.

Hat-trick chance goes begging for Gormley

Cliftonville 3-0 Crusaders

Cliftonville have been so impressive going forward today and look determined to stay on the front foot.

Gormley once again finds himself in behind the Crues' defence and approaches the goal from a tight angle. His poke across goal just goes narrowly wide.

Reds want more

Cliftonville 3-0 Crusaders

Cliftonville are making it clear that they won't be inviting pressure upon themselves in the second half.

Rory Donnelly's deep cross is headed back across goal by Stephen Garrett, but Liam Bagnall can't guide his header on target.

Murray makes his presence felt

Cliftonville 3-0 Crusaders

On the pitch for less than two minutes, Darren Murray has been through on goal twice.

The first chance is tough and his touch just evades him. The second one is a better opportunity and he opts to lob Brian Neeson from short range, the ball doesn't dip enough and over it goes.