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Live Reporting

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  1. Signing off

    Linfield 2-1 Coleraine

    The champions are on course for third straight title after edging out their closest challengers in an entertaining meeting of the top two.

    Coleraine have a game in hand but a 12-point deficit will so difficult to close with the Blues in relentless form.

    That's all for tonight - thanks for joining us.


    Linfield 2-1 Coleraine

    It's all over after a frantic finale and the leaders prevail to extend their lead over the Bannsiders to 12 points.

    Jordan Stewart's superb first-half double put the Windsor Park hosts in charge and Linfield had Niall Quinn sent-off before Curtis Allen pulled one back for Coleraine.

    Bannsiders defender Aaron Canning also saw red in added time as David Healy's men held on for a crucial win.


    Linfield 2-1 Coleraine

    Coleraine defender Aaron Canning is shown a straight red for a last-man foul on Christy Manzinga deep in injury-time.

  4. GOAL

    Linfield 2-1 Coleraine

    Game on as Curtis Allen glances in from Jamie Glackin's cross with four minutes left.

    The substitute rose high to head past Chris Johns to give Coleraine hope late in the game.

  5. Coleraine fail to breach Blues barrier

    Linfield 2-0 Coleraine

    The visitors have improved since Niall's Quinn's dismissal but they haven't looked like breaking through the Linfield rearguard.

    Josh Carson's dipping long-range shot was easily saved by Chris Johns and executing the final ball remains the main problem for Oran Kearney's challengers.

    Into the last 10 minutes and it's getting close to 'throwing the kitchen sink' territory.

  6. Make mine a double!

    Linfield 2-0 Coleraine

    Jordan Stewart wheels away in delight after making it 2-0 to the Blues
    Image caption: Jordan Stewart wheels away in delight after making it 2-0 to the Blues

    Linfield 2-0 Coleraine

    This could change everything - Blues defender Niall Quinn is sent-off for two yellow cards on 62 minutes.

    Coleraine have disappointed since the restart but now they have the man advantage and no excuses if they fail to capitalise.

  8. Blues stay in charge

    Linfield 2-0 Coleraine

    Coleraine need a comeback bit it's Linfield who look more likely to score the next goal in south Belfast.

    Kirk Millar hiting the side-netting and Gareth Deane tipped over a Cammy Palmer strike from 20 yards.

    Add to that Bannsiders striker Eoin Bradley being booked for diving and Deane forced off with injury.

  9. Stewart strutting his stuff at Windsor

    Linfield 2-0 Coleraine

    Jordan Stewart celebrates scoring Linfield's opener against Coleraine
    Image caption: Jordan Stewart celebrates scoring Linfield's opener against Coleraine

    Linfield 2-0 Coleraine

    A half that belonged to Jordan Stewart and his Linfield team as they go in at the break in charge of the top-two clash.

    Stewart left the Bannsiders defence in a daze for two wonderful finishes, the second coming on the stroke of half-time.

    The forward and Shayne Lavery have both squandered one-on-one opportunities while Coleraine have struggled to carve out clear-cut chances at the other end.

    David Healy's men are on course to go 12 points clear at the top.

  11. GOAL

    Linfield 2-0 Coleraine

    Jordan Stewart completes his double with another sublime finish to put the Blues in firm control.

    Like his first it was all about close control and skill as he nipped in front of a defender, rounded Chris Johns and from a tight angle managed to find the net.

  12. Blues hold edge at Windsor

    Linfield 1-0 Coleraine

    Jordan Stewart's goal still separates the sides as we pass the half-hour mark at Windsor Park.

    It's been an even contest although the Blues have carried the great threat in the final third.

    Shayne Lavery really should have doubled the lead as he broke clear but the NI striker dragged his effort wide.

    Navid Nasseri has twice gone close for the hosts while Josh Carson and Aaron Jarvis have rifled over at the other end.

    Coleraine really need to avoid defeat to keep the pressure on the champions in the title race.

  13. GOAL

    Linfield 1-0 Coleraine

    Linfield make the breakthrough on 17 minutes thanks to a superb goal from Jordan Stewart.

    Stewart escaped his marker with a brilliant first touch from a Matthew Clarke cut-back before beating two defenders and placing the ball high into the net.

    A wonderful piece of skill from the little forward.

  14. How the Bannsiders line up

    Linfield v Coleraine

    Coleraine team
    Image caption: Coleraine team
  15. Healy names his Blues team

    Linfield v Coleraine

    Linfield team
    Image caption: Linfield team
  16. Bannsiders have it all to do

    Linfield v Coleraine

    It doesn't get any bigger than this as Premiership pacesetters Linfield and Coleraine clash in a top-two showdown at Windsor Park.

    The champions have capitalised on Coleraine slip-ups to move nine points clear although the Bannsiders have a game in hand.

    Coleraine boss Oran Kearney said the game is "not absolutely make or break" but defeat tonight would be a huge blow to their title hopes as the season reaches its finale.

    This is should be cracker so sit back as we bring you all the latest from the crunch encounter.