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Live Reporting

Mark Sterling, Andy Gray and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. We go again!

    That's all, folks!

    Well, Inver Park aside, the Boxing Day fixtures lived up to their usual billing with goals flying in left, right and centre.

    The title race has been blown open once again, and it's going to be hard to predict who will be top come the New Year.

    We go again on Saturday, with Coleraine hosting Linfield and table-topping Cliftonville travelling to Inver Park.

    Expect the unexpected, and we'll see you then!

  2. Baxter 'not disappointed' with Crues performance

    Crusaders 1-2 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: I wasn't disappointed with our performance at all today. It was a thriller of a game and we could very easily have come out on top. I thought we were the dominant team and looked very powerful, but we made a few errors at the back and Cliftonville have the players to take advantage of that. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  3. A massive three points - Gray

    Institute 0-1 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: It was far from a vintage performance but it's our first clean sheet of the season and first away win so it's a massive three points. They built up a lot of pressure at times in the first half when our performance was nothing. We were fortunate to get in at half-time on level terms. In the second half we were better without being in any way decent or good but we took the opportunity that came along. Eamon Scannell [our goalscorer] coming off the bench made a massive difference. It was important that we didn't lose today but I think there are going to be a lot more twists and turns. from Barry Gray Warrenpoint Town manager
    Barry GrayWarrenpoint Town manager
  4. Now, now. Behave chaps!

    Crusaders 1-2 Cliftonville

    Paddy Barnes reminds Carl Frampton about some of the results on Boxing Day.

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  5. Jeffrey slams Williamson red card decision

    Coleraine 2-0 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: To me it was a very straightforward one - the ball clearly hit Jordan Williamson on the chest. I was directly in line with it and it clearly struck him on the midriff. The referee has to be 100% sure in his mind before he makes a decision like that. The players battled away manfully on a frustrating day and we are appealing the decision. We have already put the wheels in motion regarding that. from David Jeffrey Ballymena Utd manager
    David JeffreyBallymena Utd manager
  6. Glenavon 'used extra man brilliantly' - Hamilton

    Glenavon 5-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: We're delighted with five goals and probably more delighted with the clean sheet. The first half was a difficult half - we were two goals to the good and probably undeservedly so but we used the extra man brilliantly in the second half. We've seen how how it can be difficult to play against 10 men but today we did it professionally and probably could have scored a couple more goals. from Gary Hamilton Glenavon manager
    Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager
  7. We didn't take our chances - Healy

    Glentoran 3-0 Linfield

    Quote Message: I'm disappointed. I don't think the scoreline reflects how we played. I thought we created numerous chances and we just didn't take them. I'm not disappointed with the level of performance, just that we didn't get the goals at the right time. The good thing is we have a chance to bounce back, and that comes quickly against Coleraine on Saturday. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  8. Kearney praise for players

    Coleraine 2-0 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: I'm delighted. It was a great performance and it was important we got the three points. Fortunes in games like this can swing very quickly so we had to manage the whole 90 minutes and I thought we did that very well. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
  9. We left everything out there - McDermott

    Glentoran 3-0 Linfield

    Quote Message: We prepare for every game the same way, and I've said that since the start of the season. It was just another game for us, but it was an occasion for the fans. We knew that the players would handle it well and credit to them. It's all down to the belief and it has been building. We wanted to be competitive, and that was our only target. We want to make teams worry about playing Glentoran, like they would have in the past. It doesn't matter who you are playing, you go out there and leave your shirt on the pitch. from Mick McDermott Glentoran manager
    Mick McDermottGlentoran manager
  10. Lindsay laments Glenavon goals

    Glenavon 5-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: You can't give away goals like we have given away and expect to win football matches, then we have a man sent off to compound things. It was an uphill climb after conceding so early on but to be fair, I thought we responded well after that. But then we conceded a second goal and it was damage limitation which we didn't do. We're down to the bare bones and we lost another one today but there's not much we can do except keep plugging away. from Kris Lindsay Dungannon Swifts manager
    Kris LindsayDungannon Swifts manager
  11. McLaughlin praises McMenamin's 'class'

    Crusaders 1-2 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: Conor has been a key player for us since I took over at Cliftonville. We missed him when he was out earlier in the season but he has that touch of class that not too many other players in the Irish League have. We had to work really hard for our win today but we knew that would be the case. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  12. We didn't deserve to win - Lynch

    Larne 0-0 Carrick

    Quote Message: We weren't good today. Unfortunately, we didn't play the way we expected to play, but Carrick are a good side - they don't give you a minute on the ball. I don't think we showed enough penetration today, we didn't get enough numbers in the final third and we didn't work their goalkeeper enough. We got what we deserved today. There were no excuses - we had an off-day. We have to sit down tomorrow and look at it again and get ready for Saturday. from Tiernan Lynch Larne manager
    Tiernan LynchLarne manager
  13. Carrick 'over the moon' - Currie

    Larne 0-0 Carrick

    Quote Message: We're over the moon. We limited Larne to very little today and I think that's a credit to us. We were able to hit them on the break and we had a few chances, but I think the second half petered out and that suited us. Larne are a wonderful footballing team and let's be honest, we're not supposed to be competing with them, but we dug in and deservedly got our point today. Not too many teams have come here and limited Larne to just a couple of chances - I thought it was a fair result. from Niall Currie Carrick Rangers manager
    Niall CurrieCarrick Rangers manager

    Institute 0-1 Warrenpoint Town

    Institute produced intense pressure but the equaliser just wouldn't come as Warrenpoint clinched a vital victory in the basement battle.

    Stute were left to rue a series of missed chances before substitute Eamon Scannell stabbed in the winner against the run of play in the 64th minute.

    Warrenpoint's win moves them to within a point of 11th-placed Stute in the table.

  15. Talk about leaving it late

    Stoke City 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday

    There was a very late Christmas present for Michael O'Neill, as Stoke City scored twice in injury-time to beat high-flying Sheffield Wednesday!

    They're now out of the relegation zone as a result.

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    Glenavon 5-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Boxing Day victories don't come much easier than this one as Glenavon take full advantage of playing two-thirds of the game with a man extra.

    Dungannon remain very much in the thick of the relegation battle after another chastening defeat.


    Crusaders 1-2 Cliftonville

    A Conor McMenamin double sends Cliftonville top of the league with their first Boxing Day derby victory over Crusaders at Seaview in 10 years.

    The Crues took a second-minute lead through David Cushley but man-of-the-match McMenamin was the hero for the Reds for the second week in a row.

    The win takes Paddy McLaughlin's men above Linfield at the top of the Irish Premiership table.


    Glentoran 3-0 Linfield

    Three goals and three points. A huge roar goes up around the Oval!

    Hrvoje Plum is the star of the show as he scores twice to down the Glens' bitter rivals, and what a win that is for the east Belfast men.

    Linfield weren't as bad as the scoreline suggests, the Glens just struck at key moments in the game and took their chances when it mattered.

    That was a very enjoyable match, a proper Boxing Day encounter.

    Now, that's blown the title race open further still! What a season we are having!


    Coleraine 2-0 Ballymena Utd

    Coleraine take all three points in the derby game at Ballycastle Road for just their second win in seven league outings.

    That win sees them move up to third, within one point of new leaders Cliftonville and level with second-placed Linfield who have two games in hand.

    A first defeat in four for Ballymena, who remain seventh, six points adrift of Larne.

    Josh Carson and Jamie Glackin did the damage with their first-half goals.

  20. Reds take late lead at Seaview

    Crusaders 1-2 Cliftonville

    Another good finish from Conor McMenamin looks to have won it for Cliftonville.

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    Video caption: McMenamin gives the Reds the lead at Seaview