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Live Reporting

Alvin McCaig and Michael Morrow

All times stated are UK

  1. Glory night for Sky Blues

    Ballymena secure runners-up spot

    That's it from us on a memorable night in the history of Ballymena United.

    The Sky Blues secured runners-up spot in the Irish Premiership for only the third time in their history - and the first in 39 years - by beating their nearest challengers Glenavon 4-3 in a superb match.

    At the other end of the table, Ards have given themselves a great chance of avoiding automatic relegation after a precious 1-0 win over Dungannon Swifts, while rivals Newry City were beaten 2-1 at Institute.

    Elsewhere, champions Linfield returned to winning ways by thrashing Cliftonville, Coleraine defeated Irish Cup finalists Crusaders 4-2, while Glentoran and Warrenpoint Town shared the spoils at the Oval.

    Join us on Saturday for the final round of league fixtures this season when we will discover whether Ards or Newry will take the dreaded drop to the Championship.

    Until then, it's bye for now.

  2. 'We were good from minute one' - Healy

    Linfield 5-1 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: I thought we were good from minute one tonight. We were disappointing on Saturday but it was a lot more positive tonight. We were on the front foot and got the goals at good times and some of our play tonight was very good. The attention turns to next year. It's a demanding club, we have to keep winning games. It's time to move on from the title party now. That's what good teams do. We have a hungry squad of players and they'll be ready to defend the title. It'll be a tough ask but hopefully the players will be ready for the challenge. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  3. Jeffrey hails 'phenomenal' achievement

    Ballymena Utd 4-3 Glenavon

    Quote Message: It's phenomenal - it's really just another chapter in the rollercoaster book that is Ballymena United. Great credit must go to both sets of players because it was really difficult to play in a swirling wind. But to come out on the end of a 4-3 win, I don't think anyone could deny we deserved to win over the piece. I'm so very, very proud of the players, particularly when you think Glenavon were coming in off the back of a great result against Linfield. I'm just delighted that we don't have to worry about the play-offs and that we have secured second place outright. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United manager
    David JeffreyBallymena United manager
  4. 'Institute have picked up a gem in Ronan Doherty'

    Institute 2-1 Newry City

    Quote Message: It's fantastic - the most pleasing thing for me was that I got a reaction from the players, so I'm delighted. I know most of the players and Institute have picked up a gem in Ronan Doherty. from John Quigg Institute manager
    John QuiggInstitute manager
  5. 'We've not been good enough in front of goal'

    Institute 2-1 Newry City

    Quote Message: We didn't do enough to win the game. It's been a common theme throughout the season - we've not been good enough in front of goal. But we'll be fighting to the end and will just concentrate on ourselves going into the final game. from Darren Mullen Newry City boss
    Darren MullenNewry City boss
  6. Feeney 'buzzing' with Ards win

    Ards 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: We probably didn't play well tonight but at this stage of the season it's about getting points on the board. We were probably second best tonight but the one thing that really pleased me was the way we defended and worked for each other and it is the one thing I demanded when I came in, energy and hard work. I am buzzing with them. from Warren Feeney Ards manager
    Warren FeeneyArds manager
  7. Millar caps five-star Blues display

    Linfield 5-1 Cliftonville

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    Video caption: Five star for the blues
  8. What don't Cliftonville like about April 23rd?

    Linfield 5-1 Cliftonville

    April 23, 2016: Linfield 4-0 CliftonvilleApril 23, 2019: Linfield 5-1 Cliftonville

    Not a date Reds fans would like to remember.

  9. Shane's stunner clinches it for Ballymena

    Ballymena Utd 4-3 Glenavon

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    Video caption: Substitute Shane McGinty hits the winner for Ballymena
  10. Results

    The full-time whistles have gone in all six games.

    Image caption: Results

    Ards 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Ards have taken a huge step towards avoiding the automatic drop.

    Michael McLellan's 7th minute goal is the difference and that is a huge three points.

    Three points ahead of Newry with a four goal cushion with one game remaining means they aren't out of the woods just yet. But that's a really big win.

  12. Mitchell effort not enough

    Ballymena Utd 4-3 Glenavon

    Andrew Mitchell's goal which brought Glenavon level at 3-3 - only for Shane McGinty's late effort to win it for Ballymena.

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    Video caption: Andrew Mitchell gets Glenavon's third of the night

    Glentoran 2-2 Warrenpoint Town

    Honours even at the Oval.


    Ballymena Utd 4-3 Glenavon

    Referee Lee Tavinder finally brings an enthralling match to a finish and it means Ballymena United will finish second for the first time in 39 years.

    A marvellous match in a memorable season for the Sky Blues and there's be European football at the Warden Street Showgrounds next term.

  15. Golden opportunity

    Ards 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Big late chance for a Dungannon equaliser as Jarlath O'Rourke finds the ball at his feet from point blank range but he blasts over.

    One minute of added time left, can Ards hang on?


    Coleraine 4-2 Crusaders

    Jamie McGonigle's hat-trick helps Coleraine to a Showgrounds victory over the Crues.

  17. McDonnell shown down the tunnel

    Glentoran 2-2 Warrenpoint Town

    Stephen McDonnell gets into a wee verbal joust with the officials after that Glens equaliser which results in the Point manager being sent down the tunnel.

    Those who have been to Oval before will know that the tunnel and the dugouts are at opposite ends so McDonnell has to make a rather long walk of shame across the pitch.


    Institute 2-1 Newry City

    Newry stay bottom with one game left after Institute secure a deserved win at the Brandywell.


    Linfield 5-1 Cliftonville

    A five-star display sees the champions outclass Cliftonville at Windsor Park.

    Goals from Daniel Kearns, Michael O'Connor (2), Jordan Stewart and Kirk Millar give the Blues their biggest win over the Reds since April 2016.