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Live Reporting

Alvin McCaig and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. It can only get better!

    Ballymena Utd 0-0 Linfield

    Misplaced passes, a bit of head tennis and nothing of note to report - not the best of starts at the Showgrounds.

  2. SAVE!

    Warrenpoint 0-0 Institute

    Warrenpoint register their first shot on target as leading marksman Alan O'Sullivan forces a save from Brown with his effort from distance.

  3. Team news

    Warrenpoint Town v Institute

    It's a big night at Milltown as Warrenpoint Town host Institute in a relegation six-pointer.

    Warrenpoint spent the entirety of the season at the foot of the table before victory at Carrick Rangers in January saw them leapfrog 'Stute. However, Sean Connor's men will move back into 11th spot if they can replicate September's win over the border club at this venue.

    Point boss Barry Gray makes three changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Linfield last time out, with Dermot McVeigh, top scorer Alan O'Sullivan and Stuart Hutchinson returning to the line-up.

    New signing Gabriel Sava is named among the substitutes.

    'Stute boss Sean Connor has made two changes after last week's 4-0 defeat by Larne. In come Colm McLaughlin and Oran Brogan, with Aidan McCauley and Alex Pomeroy dropping to the bench.

    Warrenpoint Town: Buchanan, Bennett, McVeigh, O'Sullivan, Doyle, Hutchinson, Wallace, Dillon, Mullen, Deasy, Swan.

    Subs: Smith, Lynch, Watters, Scannell, O'Kane, Carroll, Sava.

    Institute: Brown, McLaughlin, Curry, Obhakhan, Tourish, Tweed, Burke, Brogan, Doherty, Henry, Walsh.

    Subs: McCann, Morrow, Brown, McCauley, Crown, Pomeroy, De Carne.


    Warrenpoint Town v Institute
    Image caption: Warrenpoint Town v Institute
  4. Team News

    Glentoran v Carrick Rangers

    Carrick Rangers have claimed a couple of big-name scalps already this season, and will have their sights set on downing a Glentoran side who are aiming to bounce back from Saturday's wind-affected defeat at the hands of Coleraine.

    There's two big pieces of team news from the Oval. As expected, Ruaidhri Donnelly will make his Glens debut after a January move from Cliftonville.

    However, in more surprising news, Croatian keeper Marijan Antolovic, who was arguably at fault for Coleraine's winner, has been replaced by veteran stopper Elliott Morris.

    Joe Crowe comes into the side for the Glens' third change, with Keith Cowan and Elvio van Overbeek the other players to make way.

    Niall Currie makes two changes for the trip to the Oval, with Michael Smith replacing the on loan Darren Murray, who can't play against his parent club, while Mark Carson comes in for Lee Chapman.

    Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Peers, Gallagher, McDaid, McClean, Nasseri, Crowe, Mitchell, Marron, Donnelly.

    Subs: Antolovic, Garrett, Frazer, O'Neill, van Overbeek, O'Connor, Matulevicius.

    Carrick Rangers: Doherty, Neale, Surgenor, Loughran, Carson, D. Kelly, Magill, Cherry, Smith, Gawne, Anderson.

    Subs: Nicholl, Rodgers, Faulkner, Hassin, Reynolds, Colligan, E. Kelly.


    Glentoran v Carrick Rangers
    Image caption: Glentoran v Carrick Rangers
  5. Team news

    Dungannon Swifts v Larne

    Dungannon have started to show signs of life in recent weeks, taking points off Linfield and Cliftonville, but Kris Lindsay's side will have their work cut out for them this evening against a Larne team who are looking to make it four wins on the bounce.

    Unsurprisingly, Lindsay sticks with the same side that held title-chasing Cliftonville to a draw at Solitude on Saturday.

    Tiernan Lynch names the same outfield 10 that swept Institute aside last time out, but there is a change in goal as Conor Mitchell replaces Conor Devlin.

    This fixture has only produced one goal from two previous meetings this season; Martin Donnelly's winner when the Invermen clinched a 1-0 win in November.

    On the basis of Larne's recent displays, however, don't be surprised if we get a few more this evening.

    Dungannon Swifts: Byrne, Redman, Wilson, King, Hughes, Smyth, Lowe, Coyle, McAleer, Campbell, McGinty.

    Subs: Johnston, Teggart, Patton, Carvill, Waide, Brennan, Keke.

    Larne: Mitchell, Flowers, Watson, Sule, McDaid, Donnelly, Lynch, Cosgrove, Hughes, Jarvis, Herron.

    Subs: Devlin, Kelly, Ramsey, Tully, Tilney, Gilmour, Mitchell.


    Dungannon Swifts v Larne
    Image caption: Dungannon Swifts v Larne
  6. Team News

    Ballymena United v Linfield

    Six changes for a Ballymena team on a run of six straight defeats as boss David Jeffrrey tries to get the formula right for the visit of the champions and leaders.

    Tony Kane, Andrew Burns, Kofi Balmer, Adam Lecky, Joshua Kelly and Ross Lavery come into the Sky Blues line-up.

    Making way are Johnny Addis, Cathair Friel, James Knowles, Steven McCullough, Jude Winchester and Kyle Owens.

    Just one change for Linfield and it comes in attack with Jordan Stewart replacing Shayne Lavery.

    Ballymena Utd: Ross Glendinning, Kane (capt), Whiteside, Burns, McCready, McGrory, Balmer, Lecky, Millar, Kelly, Lavery.

    Subs: Williamson, Addis, Friel, Knowles, McCullough, Winchester, Reece Glendinning.

    Linfield: Ferguson, haughey, Callacher (capt), Waterworth, Cooper, Stewart, Millar, McClean, Fallon, Quinn, Casement.

    Subs: Moore, Stafford, Clarke, Kearns, Hery, Boyle, Currie.

    Ballymena United v Linfield
    Image caption: Ballymena United v Linfield
  7. The contenders

    Irish Premiership table
    Image caption: Irish Premiership table
  8. Race to avoid the drop

    Irish Premiership table
    Image caption: Irish Premiership table
  9. Blues break clear of the pack

    A four-point lead at the top seems like a chasm in a season where five teams have jostled back and forth to be number one in the standings.

    Linfield are looking down on the rest and the champions will hope to stay in control of the title race when they take on a struggling Ballymena United side out to end a dismal run of six straight league defeats.

    Glentoran's impressive campaign has hit a bumpy patch with two defeats in their last three Premiership outings but Mick McDermott's men remain firmly in contention for the Gibson Cup and they host Carrick Rangers.

    And what a game we have at the other end of the table as the bottom two meet at Milltown - basement side Institute sit two points behind Warrenpoint Town.

    There's also Dungannon Swifts against Larne on the menu as the Premiership kicks into action a tad early this week to make way for Saturday's League Cup decider.

    Thanks for joining us.