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Live Reporting

Mark Sterling and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. Blues top of tree at Christmas

    Join us for bumper Boxing Day programme

    Linfield will go into the Christmas period with a two point lead after an emotionally-charged day of Irish Premiership action.

    The Blues drew 1-1 with Crusaders in the big game of the day, while Cliftonville moved into second place with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Coleraine.

    Elsewhere, Glentoran won against a Carrick side playing for the first time since the passing of Jerry Thompson.

    In the other games, Larme won 2-0 at Warrenpoint while Dungannon Swifts and Institute drew 2-2 in a game which saw three players sent off after the final whistle.

    There's very little time to catch your breath before the traditional Boxing Day fixtures and we'll have all the action covered.

    Until then, have a wonderful Christmas and join us again on Thursday.

  2. Currie pride at response to Thompson passing

    Carrick Rangers 0-1 Glentoran

    Quote Message: When you put things in perspective I couldn't be more proud of the players. We had Jerry's family down and I think they had a good day. I'm very proud of this club with the way we've done everything. We're a wonderful group and wonderful club and we showed what we are about. from Niall Currie Carrick manager
    Niall CurrieCarrick manager
  3. A game we should have won - Baxter

    Linfield 1-1 Crusaders

    Quote Message: We were outstanding in the first half and should have been out of sight at half-time - we got in a couple of times and didn't pick the right pass at the right time. We are pleased with our performance but disappointed we didn't get all three points. Linfield had to change their shape at the break and came back into it in the second half and sometimes you have to applaud the quality that Joel Cooper showed for the equalising goal. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  4. Lindsay reflects on post-match red cards

    Dungannon Swifts 2-2 Institute

    Dungannon Swifts boss Kris Lindsay on the post-match fracas which resulted in Swifts skipper Seanan Clucas and Institute duo Niall Grace and Gareth Brown being shown red cards after the game and the dismissal of Dougie Wilson during the game.

    Quote Message: I didn't see what started it, I was at the door of the changing room and it started further back. It was a bit of a melee, a few handbags and the referee has shown three cards. I didn't see what happened with the (Dougie Wilson) red card. The officials are saying it is a kick out from Dougie; Dougie is saying it's a tangle of legs. I'll have to watch it back on the video but it's another important player that we're going to be missing for at least three games, along with Seanan and with a squad our size, it's something we can't afford. from Kris Lindsay Dungannon Swifts manager
    Kris LindsayDungannon Swifts manager
  5. We fell asleep at the end - Kearney

    Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine

    Quote Message: There seemed to be a coming together with the players. For me, it would have been sorted quite quickly and these things tend to die down. It seemed to die down and go again but credit to both sets of players because there were no red or yellow cards handed out after the final whistle, which can happen. I thought we had a great chance a minute in and Jamie [Glackin] should have scored it. It looked like it was heading towards a draw but we fell asleep at the end there and come away with nothing. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
  6. 'A few players got carried away' - McLaughlin

    Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine

    Quote Message: There were emotions and adrenaline at the final whistle of an important game. Both sides were giving it everything and I think a few boys got carried away with what happened. I think there was some pushing and shoving, you don't need that at the end but I don't want it to take away from a great game of football. The full focus should be on two good sides giving it a right go on the pitch. I think we've been unfairly criticised about not picking up points against the top four or five recently so hopefully that answers some of our critics. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  7. Crucial not to lose to a title rival - Healy

    Linfield 1-1 Crusaders

    Quote Message: We were awful in the first half today, far too slow and sluggish, but we were better after the break. I know both sides wanted to win the match but it was crucial for us not to lose to one of our title rivals, and I'm pleased we got the draw after trailing for so long. I was pleased with how the players responded to missing a penalty and I think the result was justified in the end. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  8. Connor disappointed not to win

    Dungannon Swifts 2-2 Institute

    Institute manager Sean Connor on his side's draw at Dungannon and news that two of his players were sent off following the final whistle.

    Quote Message: I didn't know anything about it. I'm in the changing room so I have no comment to make on it whatsoever. I'm disappointed because we were 2-1 up. I thought we controlled the game and they have scored from maybe their only two shots of the game but we have had enough chances and I'm disappointed we didn't take the maximum points. When they go down to 10 men you should have more composure but it happens all the time in football - the 10 men get a bit more energy from somewhere. from Sean Connor Institute manager
    Sean ConnorInstitute manager
  9. McDermott hails Glens match-winner Nasseri

    Carrick Rangers 0-1 Glentoran

    Quote Message: After a difficult first half, in which Carrick had a few chances, the response we had in the second half was excellent. We made a couple of tactical changes and that made a difference. Navid Nasseri is a special player and the fans saw that today - it was the perfect game for him and he did really well. from Mick McDermott Glentoran manager
    Mick McDermottGlentoran manager
  10. Super Cooper

    Linfield 1-1 Crusaders

    Joel Cooper grabs a point for the Blues with this late strike.

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    Video caption: Cooper levels it for Linfield

    Warrenpoint Town 0-2 Larne

    David McDaid is the difference at Milltown as Larne leave it late to edge past Warrenpoint Town.

  12. McMenamin wins it for Cliftonville

    Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine

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    Video caption: McMenamin gives the Reds the lead
  13. Ugly scenes

    Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine

    A very regrettable end to the game with a brawl breaking out in front of the away end after the final whistle. It's all gotten very unsavoury here.


    Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine

    Conor McMenamin's late header gives Cliftonville a massive three points.

  15. Carvill earns point for Swifts

    Dungannon Swifts 2-2 Institute

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    Video caption: Michael Carvill levels for the Swifts
  16. WIDE!

    Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine

    Glackin finds O'Donnell with his free-kick but it was slightly behind him, he sends his header wide and Cliftonville breathe again.


    Linfield 1-1 Crusaders

    Title holders Linfield grab a draw with a late Joel Cooper equaliser.

    Crusaders had led since Declan Caddell's eighth-minute header and they had a number of chances to double their lead.

    Blues sub Bastien Hery had a penalty saved by Gerard Doherty, who should maybe have saved Cooper's shot for the goal moments later.

    Harsh on the Crues but it's a point apiece at Windsor.


    Dungannon Swifts 2-2 Institute

    A frantic finale at Stangmore where Michael Carvill's late goal earns Dungannon a point after team-mate Douglas Wilson had been red-carded.

    Kris Lindsay will certainly be the happier of the two mangers after this game.

  19. Five minutes of additional time...

    Cliftonville 1-0 Coleraine


    Carrick Rangers 0-1 Glentoran

    Navid Nasseri caps a man-of-the-match display by scoring a second-half winner at Taylor's Avenue.

    The Glens edged the second half after an even opening 45 minutes but this game was about who was missing.

    A minute's silence was held before the game for Carrick player Jerry Thompson, who took his own life last week.

    And it was also a sad day for Glentoran following the death of Marcus Kane's baby son.