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  1. Red-dy for the new year

    Cliftonville in top spot as new decade begins

    Cliftonville will start a new year and a new decade in pole position in the Irish Premiership as 2019 ended in typically action-packed fashion.

    The Reds have a three-point cushion at the summit after they overcame another stern test at Larne, while fellow challengers Coleraine and Linfield battled out a 1-1 draw.

    Glentoran are still very much in the title hunt after beating Ballymena 2-0 while Crusaders returned to form by thrashing Dungannon Swifts 5-0.

    Elsewhere, Carrick Rangers were 3-0 winners at Institute, while Glenavon and Warrenpoint Town shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

    You can catch up with today's highlights on the BBC iPlayer later this evening and don't forget to join us on Wednesday for all the New Year's Day action.

    Until then, have a very happy new year.

  2. Connor 'shocked and disappointed' by Stute display

    Institute 0-3 Carrick Rangers

    Quote Message: It was really poor today. I'm shocked and disappointed with that level of performance. Before I took the job, they were doing stuff like that. We've tightened things up and it's almost as if they have decided 'let's go back to what we were doing beforehand'. That's not going to be accepted. We're coming into January but on today's performance, I'd be looking 10 new players never mind four or five. from Sean Connor Institute manager
    Sean ConnorInstitute manager
  3. Watch the NIFL Premiership Highlights on the BBC iPlayer

    Available later this evening

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    Video caption: A little taste of today's Irish Premiership action.
  4. 'Every player magnificent'

    Glentoran 2-0 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: Each and every single Ballymena player was magnificent - their workrate, effort and commitment were amazing, especially considering the situation we found ourselves in regarding our goalkeeper situation. We gave it everything and I take great heart and courage from the desire we showed on a frustrating and disappointing day. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United manager
    David JeffreyBallymena United manager
  5. Baxter praises 'scintillating' Crusaders

    Crusaders 5-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: Scoring goals is the name of the game. I thought our first half performance was scintillating football and we might have had a few more goals. You keep your head down and try to stay with the main pack as you head into the new year. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  6. 'Jerry would have been proud of Reece Neale today'

    Institute 0-3 Carrick Rangers

    Quote Message: I'm sure Jerry [Thompson] would have been really proud of Reece Neale today, bombing up and down the wing the way he used to. He wanted us to be in the top three or four. He was a wee bit optimistic our Jerry. We'll endeavour to make sure we are in this league next year. Our performance was superb from start to finish but the big downer is our keeper Aaron Hogg who looks like he has snapped his Achilles tendon. That's a huge blow but we must give a special mention to 17-year-old Ben Nicholl who came on. We gave him great protection by controlling the game but anything he did, he did well. Our transitions were superb. They weren't able to cope with our pace and pace hurts. from Niall Currie Carrick Rangers manager
    Niall CurrieCarrick Rangers manager
  7. Glenavon 'had enough chances to win two games'

    Glenavon 1-1 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: In the first half I thought we had all the possession of the ball and they broke and scored. At half-time we said we were going to have to be more urgent and get more players committed forward. We did that in the second half and probably created enough chances to win two games but again, that's why the players who score goals cost the most money. This season we haven't scored enough goals in games when we have been on top. Yes, their goalkeeper made some good saves but from my point of view, it was poor finishing on our behalf. from Gary Hamilton Glenavon manager
    Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager
  8. Larne 'not hitting any panic buttons' - Lynch

    Larne 1-2 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: I'm hugely frustrated today. The big thing we talked about was that we needed a performance. We let ourselves down on Boxing Day - we got the performance today, but didn't get the result. If we keep doing what we've done here today, we won't be far away but we need to make sure that we have that level of intensity every week. Unfortunately, it's been up-and-down a little bit. We knew it was going to be a difficult year and we know we need to strengthen but we have to keep positive. We're disappointed with where we are but we're not hitting any panic buttons yet. from Tiernan Lynch Larne manager
    Tiernan LynchLarne manager
  9. 'Players came off the bench and gave us a spark'

    Glentoran 2-0 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: The game never really got going and we never really got going. We had to rest players and Ballymena did really well in the first half but we knew we had players on the bench who could come on and give us a spark and they gave us the lift we needed. from Mick McDermott Glentoran manager
    Mick McDermottGlentoran manager
  10. McLaughlin heaps praise on McMenamin and Brush

    Larne 1-2 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: We came out of the blocks really early but so did Larne. Both camps surely weren't happy with the defending but we always felt as though we could go on and get a second goal. Thankfully we have a player of Conor [McMenamin]'s ability and he's popped up with another big goal today. I've said it before that I think Richard Brush is the best goalkeeper in this league and he's produced another great performance today, but he's been doing that all season for us. The back four were superb and Brushy was on top of his game. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  11. How big a moment could this be in the title race?

    Simultaneous goals on Sportsound

    They were two big goals at the top of the table.

    Listen to how they were reported on Sportsound.

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    Video caption: Simultaneous goals on Sportsound
  12. 'Point 'rode our luck' - Gray

    Glenavon 1-1 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: We're delighted. It was far from nice to watch, I'm sure, but it's a massive point to us. I thought the players worked as tirelessly as they could they had very little left in the tank at the end of the game. It's never easy to come here and get anything at any time so it's another step in the right direction for us. It's positive for us and maybe some green shoots going into the next few weeks and months but we won't get too carried away. Performances like today's won't always get you a point and we really rode our luck at times. from Barry Gray Warrenpoint Town manager
    Barry GrayWarrenpoint Town manager
  13. Credit to both teams - Kearney

    Coleraine 1-1 Linfield

    Quote Message: They started the game well and it took us until the second half to get going fully, but you have to give credit to both sets of players for producing such a good match just 48 hours after playing on Boxing Day. We created a lot of chances after the break and it was a sensational save from Ferguson in injury time to deny us all three points. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
  14. McDaid capitalises on Carville clanger

    Glentoran 1-0 Ballymena United

    Robbie McDaid finally breaches the Ballymena defences in the 86th minute after a blunder by the visitors' stand-in goalkeeper Declan Carville.

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    Video caption: Robbie McDaid beats Declan Carville

    Glentoran 2-0 Ballymena Utd

    Well, if the first 86 minutes of this game were relatively uneventful, the last five minutes made up for it!

    McDaid taking advantage of Carville's clanger to open the scoring, Lecky sent-off, O'Neill follows him for an early bath and then Nasseri slotting home at the finish.

    Feisty stuff...but at the end of the day Glentoran pocket the three points and stay fourth in the table as they extend their unbeaten league run to 12 matches.

    Ballymena drop to eighth in the standings at the end of 2019.

  16. GOAL

    Glentoran 2-0 Ballymena Utd

    Navid Nasseri runs the length of the pitch and slots home his side's second goal into an empty net in what proves to be the last action of the game.


    Institute 0-3 Carrick Rangers

    Carrick complete a thoroughly deserved 3-0 win over Institute after Stewart Nixon's second-half goal added to the first-half strikes of Lloyd Anderson and Reece Neale.

    The win completes a miserable December for Institute after the promise of November when they beat then leaders Coleraine and drew with Crusaders, Glentoran and Ballymena United.


    Coleraine 1-1 Linfield

    It's all over at the Showgrounds as an outstanding Rohan Ferguson save from James McLaughlin ensures the match ends 1-1.

    Stephen Fallon had given the Blues an early lead with an excellent strike but Aaron Canning equalised on 54 minutes with a bullet header.

    Ryan McGivern was then sent off for a second yellow card as both teams had to settle for a point.


    Larne 1-2 Cliftonville

    It's all over at Inver Park and it's a huge result for Cliftonville.

    Conor McMenamin's second-half strike is enough to extend the Reds' lead at the top to three points heading into the new year.

    Joe Gormley's header after 17 seconds put Cliftonville ahead before Jeff Hughes' fourth-minute equaliser, but McMenamin smashed home his fourth goal in three games to give Paddy McLaughlin's side all three points.

  20. RED CARD

    Glentoran 1-0 Ballymena Utd

    Glentoran's Paul O'Neill becomes the second player to be sent-off by referee Raymond Crangle as tempers continue to fray at the Oval following Lecky's initial challenge.