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Live Reporting

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  1. That's all folks!

    Thanks for joining us on what was a hugely dramatic night in the League Cup quarter-finals.

    Holders Linfield march on after beating Cliftonville 1-0 at Windsor Park, with Joel Cooper scoring the only goal, while Crusaders had a more unlikely hero in the shape of Jarlath O'Rourke, whose extra-time strike downed Ballymena United at the Showgrounds.

    Institute continued their smooth progress under Sean Connor with a 1-0 win over Newry City while Coleraine made light work of Dundela as Ben Doherty scored a first-half hat-trick in a convincing 5-1 win at Wilgar Park.

    We'll be back for the Irish Premiership on Saturday. Catch you then!

  2. Ballymena United 1-2 Crusaders (AET)

    Crusaders spurn an early chance to take the lead as Declan Caddell bursts clear from midfield but he can only shoot tamely at United goalkeeper Jordan Williamson.

    At the other end, a shot on the turn from fit-again Ballymena striker Adam Lecky forces a diving save from Sean O'Neill.

    O'Neill produces another fine stop to beat away a well-struck shot by Leroy Millar.

    GOAL! Jamie McGonigle fires Crusaders into a 39th minute lead with a spectacular left-footed rising strike into the top corner.

    GOAL! Andrew McGrory equalises from the penalty spot on 49 minutes after Crusaders' Rory Hale is sent off for handling Jonny Addis' header from a corner on the goal-line.

    Although down to 10 men, Crusaders miss a great chance to regain the lead as Jamie McGonigle launches a surging counter-attack but can only shoot weakly at Williamson.

    Red card: Adam Lecky is sent off for Ballymena with seven minutes left after reacting to an opponent and it's 10 against 10.

    Paul Heatley has the ball in the net for Crusaders during the first period of extra time but it's ruled out for offside as the deadlock persists.

    In the second period of extra time, Crusaders substitute David Cushley warms Williamson's palms with a fierce shot.

    The Ballymena keeper produces another fine save to deny Ross Clarke's near-post shot as Crusaders pile on the pressure in extra time.

    GOAL! Jarlath O'Rourke steers home a Ross Clarke cross to give Crusaders the lead with two minutes of extra-time left!

    Ballymena United v Crusaders
    Image caption: Ballymena United v Crusaders

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    Video caption: Jamie McGonigle's stunner puts Crusaders in front.

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    Video caption: Andy McGrory equalises from the spot.

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    Video caption: Adam Lecky gets his marching orders.

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    Video caption: Jarlath O'Rourke wins it right at the death!
  3. Newry City 0-1 Institute (FT)

    GOAL! Top scorer Joe McCready flicks the Premiership club ahead on nine minutes after Jamie McIntyre's initial shot had gone through a ruck of players in the penalty area.

    That early goal proves to be the difference between the sides as Institute continue their steady progress under Sean Connor.

    Newry City v Institute
    Image caption: Newry City v Institute
  4. Dundela 1-5 Coleraine (FT)

    GOAL! Ben Doherty opens the scoring for the visitors at Wilgar Park. He picks up James McLaughlin's pass and slots into the net. Great start for the Irish Premiership leaders.

    GOAL! Doherty makes it two after 19 minutes! He is flying. The forward sweeps home an impressive finish after fine work by Adam Mullan. It's already a long way back for the Championship side.

    Josh Carson sees his effort come back off the crossbar as the Bannsiders look to put the result beyond doubt before half-time.

    PENALTY! Coleraine spurn the chance to make it 3-0 a Doherty sees his spot-kick saved by Jonathan Sergeant after Ian Parkhill was brought down inside the box.

    GOAL! Doherty completes his hat-trick and it's from the spot, only moments after having missed one. Sergeant fouled Lyndon Kane and, while McLaughlin initially took the ball, Doherty - unfazed by his failure to convert - placed it and found the back of the net! Coleraine are surely home and hosed now.

    GOAL! Dundela pull a goal back through Owain Beggs, who applies the finishing touch to Daniel Burns' cross. It's deserved for the home side, who have upped their game since the restart.

    GOAL! Coleraine score their fourth goal of the evening through substitute Alexander Gawne.

    GOAL! Josh Carson makes it 5-1 to Coleraine after being put through by Kane.

    Dundela v Coleraine
    Image caption: Dundela v Coleraine
  5. Linfield 1-0 Cliftonville (FT)

    GOAL! Joel Cooper makes it 1-0 to Linfield! Kirk Millar's corner is headed towards his own goal by Conor McDermott. Chris Curran is there to clear off the line, but he can only find Cooper, who pounces to devastating effect, smashing the ball past Richard Brush with a first-time shot.

    PENALTY to Linfield! Chris Curran clips Shayne Lavery inside the box, but Brush saves the striker's spot-kick.

    Cooper fires it back towards the goal, but it's cleared off the line by Aaron Donnelly! Matthew Clarke and Kirk Millar try their luck but the Reds survive! What a remarkable sequence. Cooper is adamant that his effort crossed the line, but it remains 1-0.

    Having reviewed the replay, Cooper's shot appears to cross the line before Donnelly's clearance. Linfield will not be pleased if Cliftonville fight their way back into the game.

    Linfield progress to the semi-finals as Cooper's 10th-minute goal proves the difference at Windsor Park.

    Linfield v Cliftonville
    Image caption: Linfield v Cliftonville

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    Video caption: Cooper gives Linfield the lead at Windsor Park

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    Video caption: Lavery misses penalty but Cooper's shot appears to cross the line
  6. Irish League screamers

    12 of the best from October

    While we wait for kick-off, feast your eyes on the best Irish Premiership goals from October.

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    Video caption: 12 of the best: October's goal of the month