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Live Reporting

Richard Petrie and Mark Sterling

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all folks!

    That's about all from us after a day which may define the destination of the Gibson Cup this season.

    That remains to be seen as there is still a lot of football to be played but Linfield are certainly in pole position to regain the title thanks to Josh Robinson's goal which gave the Blues a 1-0 win over their nearest challengers Ballymena.

    Nine points is now the lead for David Healy's men and that chasm may prove just too much for David Jeffrey's side to bridge as we head towards the final two months of the campaign.

    At the other end of the table the long-suffering Ards supporters had something to cheer as their side defeated Newry 3-1 in new manager Warren Feeney's first game in charge to move off the foot of the table on goal difference.

    Elsewhere 2-0 was the favoured scoreline of the day as Coleraine saw off Glentoran, Cliftonville won at Warrenpoint and Institute saw off Dungannon Swifts - all by the same two-goal winning margin.

    We hope that you have enjoyed the coverage today and join us again on Tuesday night when we will have text and radio commentary on the evening's three top-flight matches - Ballymena v Cliftonville, Glentoran v Warrenpoint and Newry City v Linfield.

    See you then and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  2. It's not over until it's over - Lynch

    H&W Welders 0-2 Larne

    Quote Message: We are in a fantastic place - we probably couldn't have written it any better - but the league's not over until it's over. There was a bit of disappointment at the end when we realised Carrick had won, but we can only do what we can do. We put in a professional performance today and deserved our win, and once again our fans were fantastic as they have been all season. from Tiernan Lynch Larne manager
    Tiernan LynchLarne manager
  3. Smyth bemoans penalty awards

    Coleraine 2-0 Glentoran

    Quote Message: I was delighted with our first half performance, which I thought we shaded. We had a good chat at half-time about staying in the game and I told the boys to stay on their feet on a heavy pitch but we gave away a free kick which was never really cleared and which ended up with us giving away a penalty and having Calum Birney sent off. Luckily they missed the first two penalties and for the third, I thought it was a free kick the other way - the referee was very quick to give it but we have to be able to soak up pressure. from Gary Smyth Glentoran manager
    Gary SmythGlentoran manager
  4. Jeffrey 'really proud of players'

    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: I thought we did more than enough to get something from the game and I couldn't ask any more from my players. We performed absolutely fantastically well and I'm really proud of them. I'm disappointed that we weren't awarded a penalty at the end of the game. The referee had a clear view of it and I think it was a stonewall penalty. In addition to that I'd like to see the Linfield goal again as Ross Glendinning is saying he was boxed in. from David Jeffrey Ballymena Utd manager
    David JeffreyBallymena Utd manager
  5. Healy happy

    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena United

    Quote Message: This was a big win and a big performance coming on the back of winning the League Cup last Saturday. The application, attitude and commitment of the players was first class and I thought we warranted the three points on the basis of our second half performance. You can always play better but we ground out the result from a tough game. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  6. McLaughlin pleased with 'controlled' Cliftonville

    Warrenpoint Town 0-2 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: Delighted with the result and performance. There was composure and control in our display today. I reminded the boys at half-time to stay patient and they got their rewards. We created plenty of chances but to be fair to Warrenpoint, they're well-drilled and hard to play against. We could have scored another few but to come here and win 2-0 is great for us. Delighted with a clean sheet too, it's an added bonus. They've taken a bit of stick this season about the goals conceded this season so it's good for the confidence. We have to keep playing to our maximum, we have such a talented squad of players so we're just going to try and keep aiming for that and deliver the results on a weekly basis. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  7. Good end to a whirlwind week - Feeney

    Ards 3-1 Newry City

    Quote Message: I'm very pleased. It's been a whirlwind week as I like my training at a tempo but I could sense our boys were looking good for a win today. We got a bit sloppy in the last five minutes but every one of our players put in a performance. I told them we need to score more goals and that comes from putting the ball in the box and attacking it. from Warren Feeney Ards manager
    Warren FeeneyArds manager
  8. McDonnell bemoans lack of 'know-how' up front

    Warrenpoint Town 0-2 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: Conceding the first goal from a throw-in wasn't great. We've been conceding a lot of goals in recent weeks so that was disappointing, especially as we were organised and aggressive up until the first goal. We probably shaded the opportunities in the first half but a lack of quality and know-how in that area cost us. But credit to Cliftonville, they were the better side overall on the day. Listen, we're not a team who can have one eye on any game. We've lost three games in a row so we need to go full steam ahead on Tuesday night [away to Glentoran] and look at the Irish Cup quarter-final [at home to Larne Tech OB] after that. from Stephen McDonnell Warrenpoint Town manager
    Stephen McDonnellWarrenpoint Town manager
  9. McAree praises 'brave' players

    Coleraine 2-0 Glentoran

    Quote Message: It's a strange game when you have three penalties in a short period of time but I have to give the boys credit, after missing the first two, they dug deep and made sure they won the game. In the second half we upped the ante and put Glentoran under more pressure which resulted in Calum Birney getting sent off. After we missed the first two penalties you think some players might go into their shells but we were brave and defended our 18-yard box very well. from Rodney McAree Coleraine manager
    Rodney McAreeColeraine manager
  10. Deserved win for 'resilient Blues'

    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    Philip Major

    Sportsound summariser

    Quote Message: As was the case last week, there was only a goal between the sides but again Ballymena leave empty-handed. What will please David Healy the most is the resilience shown by his side. That character and desire and grinding out results is how cups and leagues are won. Again Linfield did not play to their potential but they did enough to get the win. The final ball for Ballymena in the last third was dire all day and Gareth Deane barely had a save to make. Linfield stamped their authority on midfield after the break and Andy Waterworth was better at holding the ball up.

    H&W Welders 0-2 Larne

    A comfortable win for Larne, with goals from Igiehon and McDaid giving them all three points and leaving them 18 points ahead at the top with six games to play.

    They will have a chance to seal the title when they play Ballinamallard United at home in a fortnight's time.


    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    It's all over at Windsor Park as Linfield collect the three points and extend their lead at the top of the table over Ballymena to nine points.

    Ballymena huffed and puffed and gave it everything but for the second week in succession Linfield found a way and came away with the 1-0 win.

    A 10th successive league defeat away to Linfield at Windsor Park for Ballymena but a ninth straight Premiership success for David Healy's men.

    Josh Robinson is the toast of south Belfast tonight....

  13. All the full-times

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    Ards 3-1 Newry City

    It's a winning start for new Ards boss Warren Feeney.

    Three headers - two from Mark Kelly and one from Damien McNulty - give his side a 3-1 home win and moves them above Newry into 11th place on goal difference.


    Warrenpoint 0-2 Cliftonville

    It's all over at Milltown and it's another satisfying day's work for Paddy McLaughlin, who bags his second straight win as Cliftonville boss.

    Ryan Curran's double, both of which arrived in a dominant second half for the Reds, proved enough to clinch all three points. The Belfast side remain three points behind fifth-placed Coleraine but with two games in hand.


    Coleraine 2-0 Glentoran

    A remarkable second half comes to a close at Ballycastle Road where Coleraine missed two penalties before Eoin Bradley finally converted a third spot kick, while Ben Doherty's close-range effort wrapped up the points.


    Institute 2-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Victory for Institute thanks to goals by Jamie Dunne and Joe McCready.

  18. Champagne on ice

    H&W Welders 0-2 Larne

    Carrick Rangers have beaten Dundela - which means Larne cannot be officially crowned as title winners today.

    They effectively will be, of course, but mathematically will have to wait.


    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    Ballymena players appeal for a penalty as they feel that Jimmy Callacher handled inside the area from Adam Lecky's well-struck shot.

    Referee Tim Marshall presumably assumed that it was not deliberate.

    Into added time we go.....


    Linfield 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    Substitute Shane McGinty almost draws Ballymena level with four minutes remaining as his header from a Leroy Millar corner cannons off the bar.

    McGinty had come off the bench just minutes later.

    It looked like Linfield goalkeeper Gareth Deane may have got a touch but referee Tim Marshall awards a goal-kick.