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Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. Happy Blue year

    Linfield regain top spot in Irish Premiership

    A new year and new leaders in the Irish Premiership after Linfield regained top spot thanks to Jimmy Callacher's double in a 2-0 win at Ards.

    They replace Ballymena United, whose long unbeaten run finally came to an end with a 3-2 loss at Crusaders who are now firmly back in the title race themselves.

    Elsewhere, the new year brought little improvement in the fortunes of both Cliftonville and Glentoran, who suffered defeats at the hands of Coleraine and Dungannon Swifts respectively.

    Philip Donnelly was a hat-trick hero for Warrenpoint Town as they beat a Glenavon side who have endured a miserable holiday period, while Institute continue to sit pretty in the league table after winning at Newry City.

    Enjoy the rest of your New Year's Day and don't forget to join us this Saturday for coverage of the Irish Cup fifth round.

    Until then, bye for now.

  2. 'I've had a wonderful two years'

    Coleraine 4-1 Cliftonville

    Ciaron Harkin has been speaking after playing his last game for Coleraine before his move to Derry City.

    Quote Message: I never thought we'd get a hold of the game that easily. We worked really hard and some of the goals and the play was the way it should be. Hopefully they can keep doing that until the end of the season. We've got our confidence back in front of goal in recent weeks and we got two goals in quickly succession and drove on from there. It's a bit emotional for me - I've had a wonderful two years here. Everything about the club is brilliant but it was a decision [moving to Derry City] I had to make to try and pursue my dream of playing full-time football. If it doesn't happen for me, maybe I can come back to Coleraine in the future. from Ciaron Harkin Coleraine midfielder
    Ciaron HarkinColeraine midfielder
  3. Glenavon 'threw in the towel' - Hamilton

    Glenavon 1-3 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: I've been here just over seven years now and that is probably one of the lowest points of my time here. I thought we were really poor, especially in the second half, but Warrenpoint were excellent and but for our keeper Jonny Tuffey, it could have been six. After they scored their second goal, I thought, for the first time ever, that we threw in the towel a bit. from Gary Hamilton Glenavon manager
    Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager
  4. 'There was so much fortune in their winner it's untrue'

    Crusaders 3-2 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: We're bitterly disappointed - I definitely don't think we should have lost the game. It's a cruel game on occasions when you don't get your just deserts. We worked really hard, played some great football and contributed to a fantastic spectacle. There was so much fortune in their winner it's untrue, but these things happen in football. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United boss
    David JeffreyBallymena United boss
  5. Mullen apologises for 'embarrassing' Newry performance

    Newry City 1-2 Institute

    Newry City manager Darren Mullen offers no excuses for his side's below-par performance against Institute as they have now gone four games without a win.

    "The minimum requirement of this club is to put in maximum effort and we didn't do it and deserved nothing from it," admitted Mullen.

    Stute are now six games unbeaten and boss Paddy McLaughlin is delighted his side have carried that form with them into 2019.

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    Video caption: Newry City and Institute post match reaction
  6. Waterworth praise for 'Virgil Van Callacher'

    Ards 0-2 Linfield

    Quote Message: We said at half-time that it may take a goal from one of our defenders from a set-piece to win the game. Jimmy is superb and the boys in the dressing room are calling him Virgil Van Callacher. You have to have the desire to score goals and Jimmy has that in abundance - he's a big asset to us as he is so difficult to mark. It's tight at the top but we are taking nothing for granted. from Andy Waterworth Linfield striker
    Andy WaterworthLinfield striker
  7. 'We had to win today to stay in touch'

    Crusaders 3-2 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: It was a great game of football with both teams going for it. We were really good in the first half, peppered their goal and it was disappointing only to be 2-1 ahead at half-time. Ballymena came back strongly and got the equaliser. I felt we had to win today to stay in touch and we've stayed in touch. Having lost seven games already I'm really pleased. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  8. Mullen has no excuses

    Newry City 1-2 Institute

    Quote Message: I'm not going to make excuses for players. Once you pull the jersey on you should be playing a lot better and the majority of them didn't do that today." from Darren Mullen Newry City manager
    Darren MullenNewry City manager
  9. Donnelly relishing striking role

    Glenavon 1-3 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: I had been playing on the right wing in the early part of the season but recently Stevie (McDonnell) has moved me up front. I thought it's my time to kick on and thankfully I'm getting a few goals. We had a lot of clear-cut chances and the way we were set up today caused mayhem for their defence. from Philip Donnelly Warrenpoint Town hat-trick hero
    Philip DonnellyWarrenpoint Town hat-trick hero
  10. 'Conceding bad goals is killing us'

    Coleraine 4-1 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: It's disappointing. Conceded more bad goals, it's killing us, we're low on confidence but we need to go again, but the bad goals really are killing us. It's hard, we've tried so many different things but maybe we just don't have the personnel. We got back into it at 2-1 and then we go and concede a horrendous goal and you just can't do that. We're worried and annoyed at how things have gone. Everyone has bad spells and we're certainly having one at the moment. We're actively looking for new players and we'll continue to look and address the situation. from Harry Fay Cliftonville assistant manager
    Harry FayCliftonville assistant manager
  11. McCrudden 'vitally important' to Stute

    Newry City 1-2 Institute

    Quote Message: He's the leading goalscorer in the league and he's been top drawer for us right throughout the season. It's vitally important that we try and keep him at the club for the remainder of the season." from Paddy McLaughlin Institute manager
    Paddy McLaughlinInstitute manager
  12. 'We got last-gasp winner and it was thoroughly deserved'

    Crusaders 3-2 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: It was a thrilling game for the neutral and thankfully we got the last-gasp winner and it was thoroughly deserved. Hopefully we can push on from this. We've had four games in about 11 days and we've stepped up well - we've put in fantastic performances and showed our class from Paul Heatley Crusaders double scorer
    Paul HeatleyCrusaders double scorer
  13. McDonnell delighted to see 'Point take chances

    Glenavon 1-3 Warrenpoint Town

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    Video caption: Warrenpoint Town manager Stephen McDonnell
  14. McDonnell hails hat-trick hero Donnelly

    Glenavon 1-3 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: Philip (Donnelly) has that in his locker. He was at Lurgan Celtic and was out for a year with a bad injury but he has really got himself into top shape and he deserves everything that comes his way. Overall I think we deserved three goals and possibly should have had another three on top of that. As long as we matched everything that Glenavon threw at us, there were always going to be opportunities for us to break. from Stephen McDonnell Warrenpoint Town manager
    Stephen McDonnellWarrenpoint Town manager
  15. New Year's Day scoreboard

    Irish Premiership Results
    Image caption: Irish Premiership Results
  16. Heatley wins it for the champions

    Crusaders 3-2 Ballymena Utd

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    Video caption: Heatley wins it
  17. Phil yer boots!

    Glenavon 1-3 Warrenpoint Town

    Watch as Philip Donnelly completes his hat-trick for Warrenpoint at Glenavon

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    Video caption: Donnelly hat-trick
  18. FULL-TIME

    Glenavon 1-3 Warrenpoint Town

    Philip Donnelly will grab the plaudits after his hat-trick but this was an impressive team performance by Warrenpoint.

    Glenavon's miserable form over the holiday period continues with Josh Daniels' goal proving too little, too late.

  19. FULL-TIME

    Newry City 1-2 Institute

    Institute take all three points thanks to Michael McCrudden's two first-half goals.

    That's six games unbeaten for Stute but Newry are in danger of being cut adrift in the battle at the bottom of the table.

  20. FULL-TIME

    Crusaders 3-2 Ballymena Utd

    Paul Heatley's double does the damage as the champions clinch victory in a Seaview thriller.

    It sees Ballymena lose top spot while the Crues are very much in the title race.