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Live Reporting

Richard Petrie and Michael Morrow

All times stated are UK

  1. The final whistle

    Well, that's it folks from an enthralling evening in the Irish Premiership and the race for the title is still very much alive after the top two Crusaders and Coleraine fought out a ferociously contested 1-1 draw in front of a passionate capacity crowd at Seaview.

    Still four rounds of matches to go though and we'll be back to bring you the latest instalment on Saturday afternoon.

    In the meantime, keep an eye on the BBC Sport website to watch the goals and highlights from tonight's games.

    See you soon.

  2. What they said

    Crusaders 1-1 Coleraine

    Quote Message: It was good to be able to come on and rescue a point - I found myself in the right place at the right time. Coleraine are a strong team and it was a hard contest but we are just happy to be still two points ahead. from David Cushley Crusaders goalscorer
    David CushleyCrusaders goalscorer
  3. Officials have cost us dearly - Hamilton

    Glenavon 2-3 Linfield

    Quote Message: Three penalty kicks in a game of this magnitude have been missed by the official and that's absolutely unbelievable. This could be the difference between European football or not, and again you can't legislate for this. You can go in and you can work as hard as you like, put in a good performance but unfortunately unless people are going to be strong and make the right decision then it counts for nothing and you don't really stand a chance of getting a result. from Gary Hamilton Glenavon manager
    Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager
  4. Kearney's view

    Crusaders 1-1 Coleraine

    Quote Message: It was pulsating and action-packed and there was nothing in it. We were disappointed to concede the equaliser but overall a draw was probably a fair result. People may say we lack experience but our guys were immense tonight in the way they managed all aspects so we have to be pleased. It's brilliant and it's exciting - we have four cup finals left and we'll look forward to Saturday. We are happy to keep it alive and keep it going. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
  5. TOP SIX

    How they stand in the top half

    Irish Premiership table
    Image caption: Irish Premiership table
  6. Healy hails 'important' win

    Glenavon 2-3 Linfield

    Quote Message: Mourneview is never an easy place to come and Glenavon are a very good side. The way they play makes it's difficult for you. This feels sweet because we had two games that we lost at home to Glenavon at the start of the new year. Everything is out of our hands, all we can do is keep looking after ourselves. I hope tonight our players take some belief from the game because probably too many times this season we've had a good performance and then let ourselves down in the next game. To come away from home in the first game of the split against our closest rivals for third and get a win feels very important. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  7. Gray delighted by strike duo

    Ballymena United 0-3 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: Six wins out of seven is very good and full credit to the boys as it was a very dogged and tough night. We're delighted to dig in, score three goals and keep a clean sheet. It's always important to have your top players scoring goals, and the most pleasing thing from my point of view is seeing their [Joe Gormley and Rory Donnelly] partnership flourish over the last couple of games. Strikers thrive on scoring goals and when they're doing that they are nearly impossible to stop. from Barry Gray Cliftonville manager
    Barry GrayCliftonville manager
  8. Crues reach century milestone

    Crusaders 1-1 Coleraine

  9. Crues in control

    Crusaders 1-1 Coleraine

    Quote Message: It is in Crusaders' hands now. They are two points clear and the fact that they have three of their four remaining games at home is in their favour. They have a wonderful home record and we all know how hard it is for teams to come to Seaview and get a result. from Darren Murphy Radio Ulster Sportsound summariser
    Darren MurphyRadio Ulster Sportsound summariser

    Crusaders 1-1 Coleraine

    Heatley shoots wide with the goalkeeper out of his goal in the final minute but it's all over at Seaview after a hectic second half and in the end it's a point apiece.

    McGonigle's penalty giving Coleraine the lead but Crusaders' 100th goal of the season through Cushley earns the home side a point.

    Breathless stuff.

    Crusaders remain two points clear at the top despite Coleraine being unbeaten against Stephen Baxter's side this season.

  11. Irish Premiership - full-times

    Irish Premiership Results
    Image caption: Irish Premiership Results

    Ards 4-2 Warrenpoint Town

    Ards win to rise to eighth place in the Irish Premiership table.

    Reece Glendinning, Michael McLellan, Kyle Cherry and Jonny Frazer on target for the victors.

    Alan O'Sullivan and Emmet Hughes with the goals for Warrenpoint.


    Ballymena United 0-3 Cliftonville

    A convincing away win for the Reds against 10 man Ballymena.

    Joe Gormley gave Cliftonville the lead early on before Cathair Friel was shown a straight red after half an hour for dissent.

    Rory Donnelly added a goal in each half as the Irish Cup finalists ensured that all three points go back to north Belfast.


    Glenavon 2-3 Linfield

    Linfield move level on points with Glenavon.

    An entertaining and hard fought game in which the visitors took the lead three times.

    Kurtis Byrne's opener was cancelled out by Andrew Mitchell at the other end before an Andrew Waterworth header gave the Blues a half-time lead.

    Bobby Burns then drew Glenavon level again before Stephen Lowry scored the decisive goal less than two minutes later. The battle for third place is going to be a tight one.


    Crusaders 1-1 Coleraine

    The fourth official indicates four minutes of added time.

    Still time for a winner.

    It's frantic stuff.

  16. GOAL

    Ballymena United 0-3 Cliftonville

    Cliftonville secure the points with a third. Rory Donnelly has another. He sweeps a left footed shot past the despairing dive of Ross Glendinning.

    It's his second brace this week following his two against Loughgall on Saturday.

  17. CLOSE!

    Crusaders 1-1 Coleraine

    Crusaders have the wind in their sails now and are well in the ascendancy.

    Sean Ward supplies the assist and Darren Murray's curling shot seems destined for the top corner but is palmed away by Chris Johns.

  18. GOAL

    Crusaders 1-1 Coleraine

    Substitute David Cushley equalises for Crusaders.

    Coleraine fail to deal adequately with Paul Heatley's corner and Colin Coates heads the ball back across goal to Cushley, who reacts quickest and rams home from a couple of yards out.

    All square again and there may be another goal in this one yet.

  19. Eight minutes to go...

    Crusaders 0-1 Coleraine

    Both sets of players are giving it everything but Coleraine still have that narrow advantage with eight minutes (plus added time) to go.

    Philip Lowry's deflected drive goes wide.

    How crucial could the outcome of this one be in the destination of the Gibson Cup?

  20. CLOSE!

    Crusaders 0-1 Coleraine

    Darren Murray's header goes straight into the arms of Chris Johns after a long throw-in.

    The striker could perhaps have done better from relatively close range.