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Live Reporting

Matt Gault and Andy Gray

All times stated are UK

  1. That's your lot!

    Bye for now

    Thanks for joining us on this longer-than-usual Irish Premiership Saturday.

    Coleraine are top after beating Linfield, but it was a big day for Cliftonville, who thumped Dungannon Swifts 5-0 and finish this round of fixtures one point above Crusaders, who drew 2-2 at Glenavon.

    Carrick Rangers condemned Barry Gray to a defeat in his first game back in charge of Warrenpoint Town, while Institute earned an impressive point away to Larne.

    Read the report here and find all of today's highlights here.

    It's a packed programme next week, with all six games kicking off at 15:00 on Saturday.

    • Dungannon Swifts v Coleraine
    • Ballymena Unired v Larne
    • Linfield v Carrick Rangers
    • Glenavon v Cliftonville
    • Crusaders v Institute
    • Warrenpoint Town v Glentoran

    See you then!

  2. Baxter pleased after Crues snatch late point

    Glenavon 2-2 Crusaders

    Quote Message: It was a very open game of football, both teams really went after it and there were plenty of chances. We missed three gilt-edged chances and had it not been for a few interceptions, we could have conceded a few more, but we held on and got the goal at the end which was pleasing. Glenavon played really well on the counter-attack - they played well. We can only concentrate on what we do and our own affairs. There's a long way to go in this league. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  3. 'Back to the Glenavon we know' - Hamilton

    Glenavon 2-2 Crusaders

    Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton praises his players and says he is 'gutted' for them after Crusaders hit a late equaliser to deny the Lurgan Blues a huge win.

    Quote Message: There are some mixed emotions because I'm delighted with the way the boys performed today. I thought they were outstanding, each and every one of them. Back to the Glenavon we know with the way we play - energy levels, pressing and closing down the ball, creating chances and defending better. But I'm obviously gutted for them that we conceded the equaliser so late. I didn't think we deserved that, but that's been the story of our season. We don't seem to be getting those bits and pieces of luck, but I'm still delighted with the performance and the attitude. That's the kind of team and performance I want to associate myself with. from Gary Hamilton Glenavon manager
    Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager
  4. Highlights: Lacklustre Larne held by dogged Institute

    Larne 1-1 Institute

    Larne's patchy run of form continues with a 1-1 draw against Institute at Inver Park.

    Joe McCready opened the scoring on 18 minutes for the visitors from the penalty spot after the striker was brought down by Shane McEleney.

    Martin Donnelly's excellent strike brought the hosts level five minutes later but 'Stute held firm, leaving the home side with just one win from their last eight games.

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    Video caption: Lacklustre Larne held by dogged Stute
  5. Highlights: Gormley hits 200 as Reds hammer Swifts

    Cliftonville 5-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Joe Gormley hits a nine-minute hat-trick, including his 200th Cliftonville goal, in a 5-0 demolition of Dungannon Swifts at Solitude.

    After a goalless first half, Gormley stunned the Swifts with a well-take treble, which his second strike taking him to 200 efforts for the Reds.

    Ruaidhri Donnelly's deflected goal made it four and Conor McMenamin squeezed home Cliftonville's fifth in added time as Paddy McLaughlin's side celebrated Gormley's achievement in style.

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    Video caption: Gormley hits 200 as Reds hammer Swifts
  6. Highlights: Coleraine strike late to down Linfield

    Coleraine 1-0 Linfield

    Mark Stafford's late own goal is enough for Coleraine to maintain their unbeaten start in the league with a 1-0 victory over Linfield.

    Bastien Hery hit the post for the visitors in the first half and Rohan Ferguson saved well from Bannsiders striker Eoin Bradley as the sides were evenly balanced at the Showgrounds.

    However Stafford diverted Jamie Glackin's corner into his own net on 83 minutes to send the Bannsiders top of the Irish Premiership table, with Linfield five points off Oran Kearney's men in fourth.

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    Video caption: Coleraine strike late to down Linfield
  7. Post-match reaction coming up

    Glenavon 2-2 Crusaders

    That was a thoroughly entertaining game. Stick around to hear what both camps made of it...

  8. McElroy rescues a point for Crusaders

    Glenavon 2-2 Crusaders

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    Video caption: McElroy rescues a point for Crusaders
  9. Murray fires Glenavon ahead

    Glenavon 2-1 Crusaders

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    Video caption: Stephen Murray fires Glenavon ahead

    Glenavon 2-2 Crusaders

    A point apiece after a frenetic second half.

    Glenavon will be disappointed after they thought they'd grabbed the winner through Stephen Murray, but Paul McElroy's stoppage-time leveller snatches a big point for the Crues, who are third, two points off leaders Coleraine and one adrift of second-placed Cliftonville.

  11. GOAL

    Glenavon 2-2 Crusaders

    Paul McElroy levels it!

    What drama. Glenavon fail to clear the ball, McGonigle sends a cracking low cross right across the face of goal. It flies past Lowry and Owens but McElroy is there to bundle the ball over the line!

  12. Chances galore!

    Glenavon 2-1 Crusaders

    Breathless finish at Mourneview.

    First, Taylor makes a fine save to deny Jordan Owens before McGonigle drills the follow-up across the goal.

    Beggs runs up the other end and forces a save from Doherty when he really should have put the result beyond doubt.

  13. GOAL

    Glenavon 2-1 Crusaders

    Stephen Murray scores a massive goal for Glenavon!

    Conor McCloskey's initial effort takes a deflection. It falls to Murray and he makes no mistake as he slots past Doherty to turn the game on its head.

    A huge moment for the hosts.

  14. Post update

    Glenavon 1-1 Crusaders

    Not much to report from the last few minutes. Game has entered a bit of a lull as we approach full-time.


    Glenavon 1-1 Crusaders

    Hamilton takes himself off to be replaced by Conor McCloskey. A strong showing from the Glenavon manager, who was very much in the heat of battle this evening. Showed some nice touches and vision at times, too.

    He hopes his replacement can find the matchwinner.

  16. Tempers rising

    Glenavon 1-1 Crusaders

    Gary Hamilton and Colin Coates have a frank exchange of views as they await a Taylor goal-kick.

    Referee Shane Andrews tells them to calm down. Hamilton cracks a smile after.

  17. WIDE!

    Glenavon 1-1 Crusaders

    Declan Caddell, who replaced Gary Thompson earlier in the second half, fires a 25-yarder just wide of Taylor's right-hand post. Really good effort.

  18. Jenkins brings Glenavon level!

    Glenavon 1-1 Crusaders

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    Video caption: Jenkins pulls Glenavon level
  19. GOAL

    Glenavon 1-1 Crusaders

    Jenkins levels it!

    Well, what a crazy couple of minutes. At one end, Heatley was denied a goal thanks to Burns' goal-line clearance.

    At the other end, Marshall bursts through the middle, squares it to Jenkins and the youngster makes no mistake as he sweeps his right-footed shot into the bottom corner with aplomb.

    Game on!

  20. Needed the finish!

    Glenavon 0-1 Crusaders

    Jenkins, whose looked bright for Glenavon, cuts inside on his right foot but snatches at his effort and it doesn't threaten Doherty's goal.