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Live Reporting

By Matt Gault and Mark Sterling

All times stated are UK

  1. The final whistle

    Over and out

    Well, that's it from another exciting day of action in the Irish Premiership as Crusaders see their lead at the top of the table reduced to three points.

    The Crues were held to a 1-1 draw at Ballymena, while Coleraine remain unbeaten after seeing off Warrenpoint Town 3-0.

    Linfield kept up their chase of the teams above them in the table by defeating Dungannon Swifts 4-1, with Glentoran beating Carrick Rangers 3-1 and Cliftonville edging out Larne 1-0.

    We'll be back with coverage of the County Antrim Shield quarter-finals on Tuesday night, followed by the second in our 'Friday Night Football' series on BBC One NI as Larne host Glentoran at Inver Park in front of the live television cameras.

    After that, we'll have the usual comprehensive coverage of next Saturday's five top-flight matches.

    In the meantime keep your eyes peeled for the best of the action from today's fixtures appearing on the BBC Sport NI website very soon and join us throughout the week for your fix of local football.

    Bye for now

  2. Doherty disappointed

    Crusaders 1-1 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: I thought we were comfortable in the first half and created a few chances, even if they weren't clear-cut. We scored a penalty but we got hit on the break too many times and didn't adapt to the change in their style of play. We were disappointed to concede so many chances. If we want to win the league these are the games we need to be winning. from Ger Doherty Crusaders goalkeeper
    Ger DohertyCrusaders goalkeeper
  3. Lynch 'hugely disappointed'

    Cliftonville 1-0 Larne

    Quote Message: I am hugely disappointed. I don't think we got what we deserved today. If anything I thought we were the better team but when you switch off and the opposition have quality players then you get punished. from Tiernan Lynch Larne manager
    Tiernan LynchLarne manager
  4. The fans were outstanding - McDermott.

    Glentoran 3-1 Carrick Rangers

    Quote Message: It was important for us today to show the fans what we can do. The fans were outstanding against Coleraine on Tuesday night and sang us off the pitch. It was nice to get the three points today for them. Robbie (McDaid) has done really well this season, he's a handful for any team. We know that this is a long, hard season, which is one of the reasons we invested in such a big squad. It's nice to see the lads performing well. We're on the right path. This isn't a sprint and it's going to take time to get Glentoran where they need to be. We're positive with where we are right now. from Mick McDermott Glentoran manager
    Mick McDermottGlentoran manager
  5. Kearney praises Coleraine's mental strength

    Coleraine 3-0 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: I'm delighted, number one with the clean sheet, but more importantly to get the three points on board. With Warrenpoint being out of the (League) Cup in midweek we knew they would have that extra bit of recovery time as well. It was a case of physically could we match them but more importantly, mentally had we enough in the tank and thankfully we did. We're still aware we have a lot of work to do. We were by no means firing on all cylinders today but we're more than happy with how we've started the season. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
  6. Good start was important - Healy

    Dungannon Swifts 1-4 Linfield

    Quote Message: We came out of the traps quickly today and that was important because it can be difficult when you play the same team twice in the same week. We got a little bit sloppy in the second half but we are always happy to leave Stangmore with any sort of win. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  7. McLaughlin praise for matchwinner Curran

    Cliftonville 1-0 Larne

    Quote Message: I'm delighted. The work-rate and effort the boys put in were excellent.We played on the front foot and were more aggressive. We were better in the second half going forward than we were in the first and the resilience the boys showed at the back was fantastic. They put their bodies on the line. There is no better man than Ryan Curran to come on and score. I thought he was brilliant when he came on and his finish was fantastic. He showed that wee bit of class and he's been great since I came here. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  8. 'Point not a bad result' - Ervin

    Ballymena Utd 1-1 Crusaders

    Quote Message: It was a pretty scrappy first half and then we were disappointed with the decision which awarded Crusaders a penalty. We did well to get back into it and we could have won it in the end, with Jude through one-on-one. Their goal got us going and we played some good football. In the grand scheme of things a point is not a bad result. from Jim Ervin Ballymena United captain
    Jim ErvinBallymena United captain
  9. Carrick conceding 'silly goals' - Currie

    Glentoran 3-1 Carrick Rangers

    Quote Message: I thought we should have been ahead at half-time. The goals that we are conceding are hurting us badly. Sometimes the difference is the cutting edge and some individual errors are costing us goals. We've got to get the head down and we've got to stop conceding poor goals. It kills you and sucks the life out of you. If we eradicate the individual errors and start taking our chances then it could have been a different game. We have to improve and cut out the silly goals. from Niall Currie Carrick Rangers manager
    Niall CurrieCarrick Rangers manager
  10. McDonnell rues penalty decision

    Coleraine 3-0 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: For me, the first penalty is never a penalty but unfortunately, that has had a massive say on the game with regards momentum and everything else. We found ourselves one down without having to really worry about anything that Coleraine had thrown at us. The second goal comes from a free kick and the third goal is another penalty which probably tells you the tone of the game. Overall I'm happy with how we conducted ourselves but it's disappointing when you lose momentum over a decision that I don't think was the right decision. from Stephen McDonnell Warrenpoint Town manager
    Stephen McDonnellWarrenpoint Town manager
  11. Curran smashes the Reds in front

    Cliftonville 1-0 Larne

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    Video caption: Ryan Curran gives Cliftonville the lead
  12. No positives to take - Lindsay

    Dungannon Swifts 1-4 Linfield

    Quote Message: There are no positives for us to take from that match - we made mistakes and Linfield punished us. We rallied a bit after the break but the game was dead by that stage. from Kris Lindsay Dungannon Swifts manager
    Kris LindsayDungannon Swifts manager
  13. Ben Doherty taps home for Coleraine's third

    Coleraine 3-0 Warrenpoint Town

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    Video caption: Doherty taps in the rebound

    Ballymena Utd 1-1 Crusaders

    A share of the spoils probably a fair result on the balance of play after a pulsating second half on Warden Street.

    Jamie McGonigle's penalty put the league leaders in front, but Ryan Harpur's header secured a point for the hosts.

    There could - and probably should - have been more goals at both ends but it's honours even in the end.


    Raith Rovers 3-1 Glenavon

    Goals from Kieron Bowie, Daniel Armstrong and Lewis Allan are enough to send the hosts through to the next round of the Scottish Challenge Cup.

    Rhys Marshall had briefly equalised for Glenavon against the run of play, but it's a long trip back to Lurgan for Gary Hamilton's side.


    Cliftonville 1-0 Larne

    Three massive points for the Reds courtesy of Ryan Curran's late winner. Breathless finale at Solitude!

  17. WHAT. A. SAVE.

    Cliftonville 1-0 Larne

    Richard Brush produces a brilliant fingertips save to deny Harry Flowers! Unbelievable goalkeeping in the sixth minute of added time at Solitude!

  18. Not good from Jude

    Ballymena Utd 1-1 Crusaders

    Jude Winchester is put through one-on-one with the keeper but his poor attempt is easily saved by Doherty.


    Coleraine 3-0 Warrenpoint Town

    A comfortable win for Coleraine thanks to Ben Doherty's penalty, Eoin Bradley's free kick and Doherty with a tap-in on the rebound after his late penalty had been saved.


    Ballymena Utd 1-1 Crusaders

    Steven McCullough forces Ger Doherty into a good diving save with a rasping drive, the ball being pushed round the post by the ex-Derry City player.