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Summary

  1. Ards 1-2 Ballymena United
  2. Crusaders 0-2 Linfield
  3. Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Cliftonville
  4. Glentoran 2-2 Coleraine
  5. Institute 2-0 Warrenpoint Town

Live Reporting

By Mark Sterling and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. Signing off for now

    That brings us to the end of another Saturday of Irish Premiership action.

    The teams took a while to get going, with nine of the 13 goals across the board coming in the second half.

    Linfield sent out a strong message with an impressive 2-0 win over title holders Crusaders which takes them two points clear at the top of the table.

    They're also the only team still with a 100 per cent record after Coleraine needed a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Glentoran at the Oval.

    Ballymena continued their fine start to the season by coming from behind to beat Ards 2-1, while Dungannon Swifts got their first point with a 1-1 draw at home to Cliftonville.

    Institute had a man sent off but still managed to beat Warrenpoint Town 2-0 at the Brandywell.

    The games are split over Friday evening and Saturday afternoon next week. We'll be back then.

  2. Tatt's (almost) all, folks

    We couldn't go today without revealing the answer to the mystery tattoo question from earlier. It's new Linfield winger Daniel Kearns. We'll have another one for you next week.

    Linfield's Daniel Kearns
    Image caption: Linfield's Daniel Kearns
  3. Kearney accepts the draw

    Glentoran 2-2 Coleraine

    Coleraine manager Oran Kearney
    Image caption: Coleraine manager Oran Kearney
  4. What they said

    Crusaders 0-2 Linfield

    Quote Message: For 25 minutes we were absolutely fantastic, but for the final hour Linfield were rampant, strong and with better possession of the football. So you have to take your hat off to them and say well done. They deserved to win and they could have won by more. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  5. McMahon makes an impression on Harding

    Glentoran 2-2 Coleraine

    Kieran Harding was impressed with Peter McMahon
  6. What they said

    Institute 2-0 Warrenpoint Town

    “Michael (McCrudden) popped up with a fantastic finish for the second goal and the boys were comfortable from then on in" - Institute boss Paddy McLaughlin.

    Institute manager, Paddy McLaughlin
    Image caption: Institute manager, Paddy McLaughlin
  7. Fans from far afield

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  8. What they said

    Dungannon 1-1 Cliftonville

    Reds boss Barry Gray is not satisfied with what he saw from his players at Stangmore Park this afternoon.

    Quote Message: No, we're not at all happy with the display. We scored a late goal but to be truthful we didn't deserve it. I didn't think we were hungry enough across the 90 minutes. We created plenty of chances but we were sloppy on the ball and, defensively, we looked shaky at the best of times. We didn't show enough of a cutting edge until the dying stages of the game. from Barry Gray Cliftonville manager
    Barry GrayCliftonville manager
  9. What they said

    Institute 2-0 Warrenpoint Town

    Stephen McDonnell, Warrenpoint manager
    Image caption: Stephen McDonnell, Warrenpoint manager
  10. What they said

    Crusaders 0-2 Linfield

    Quote Message: Crusaders are a full-time outfit and we knew it would be a big challenge. We had a lot questions to answer from last season and we've hit the ground running this time. We now have a squad with depth and that's what it takes if you want to be successful. from Jamie Mulgrew Linfield captain
    Jamie MulgrewLinfield captain
  11. Bradley's bullet header grabs a draw for Coleraine

    Glentoran 2-2 Coleraine

    Video content

    Video caption: Coleraine sub Eoin Bradley heads home a Darren McCauley cross in the 88th minute to snatch a point for the Bannsiders.
  12. Comeback joy for Sky Blues

    Ards 1-2 Ballymena Utd

    Video content

    Video caption: Goals from Knowles and McGinty give Ballymena victory over Ards
  13. How did Joel get on?

    Irish Premiership predictions

    Joel Taggart's Irish Premiership predictions
    Image caption: Joel Taggart's Irish Premiership predictions
  14. Scores on the doors

    Results around the grounds

    Irish Premiership full-time scores
  15. FULL-TIME

    Institute 2-0 Warrenpoint Town

    It's two wins from two games at their adopted home of Brandywell for the Premiership newcomers.

    Michael McCrudden was again the player to catch the eye with a double strike after Warrenpoint had been dealt a blow with a first half red card for full-back Danny Wallace.

  16. FULL-TIME

    Ards 1-2 Ballymena Utd

    A sterling second half comeback earns the points for Ballymena with James Knowles and Shane mcGinty scoring the decisive goals for United after Ards had led through Mark Kelly.

    That's seven points out of a possible nine for David Jeffrey's side who, of course, have to play all their games away from home until October due to pitch renovations at the Showgrounds.

  17. FULL-TIME

    Crusaders 0-2 Linfield

    Linfield go top as they make it three wins from three games thanks to a deserved victory over the disappointing champions, who suffer their first defeat of the campaign.

  18. FULL-TIME

    Glentoran 2-2 Coleraine

    A match which burst into life in the second half finishes level after a late equaliser from Coleraine sub Eoin Bradley.

    Brad Lyons had given the visitors a half-time lead with a 41st minute header. Curtis Allen equalised from close range four minutes into the second half before a 30-yard thunderbolt from Peter McMahon on 62 minutes had given the Glens the lead.

    It looked like the Glens would hold on for an impressive victory before Bradley headed home a Darren McCauley cross two minutes from time.

  19. FULL-TIME

    Dungannon 1-1 Cliftonville

    A point apiece at Stangmore. Cliftonville missed a bucket load of chances but will still feel a sense of relief at clawing their way to a point. Dungannon looked menacing going forward, too, particularly when McElroy had the ball.

    Mark Patton had fired the hosts ahead very much against the run of play but Jay Donnelly restored parity in the 88th-minute. An entertaining game finishes level. That's Dungannon's first point of the season. Rodney McAree's men are now 10th while Cliftonville are two places better off, with four points from their first three games.

  20. GREAT SAVE!

    Institute 2-0 Warrenpoint Town

    With Warrenpoint desperately chasing a glimmer of a way back into this game, they are leaving gaps at the back and when Institute sub Aaron Jarvis is put clear, his low shot is turned behind by the outstretched boot of Turker.