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Summary

  1. Ballymena United 4-1 Glentoran
  2. Carrick Rangers 0-3 Dungannon Swifts
  3. Coleraine 2-2 Glenavon
  4. Crusaders 5-1 Ballinamallard United
  5. Linfield 4-0 Ards
  6. Portadown 0-3 Cliftonville

Live Reporting

By Lyle Jackson and Richard Petrie

All times stated are UK

  1. Top three win

    Irish Premiership

    That's all for today, with the top three winning their matches. So Crusaders remain five points clear of Linfield, but David Healy's men have a match in hand. Ballymena have consolidated their hold on third place by beating Glentoran, while Cliftonville's win at Portadown lifts them to fourth. 

    Next Saturday it derby day - Crues v Reds at Seaview, Glenavon at home to Portadown, Coleraine hosting Ballymena. And will Glentoran appoint a new manager and hand him a tasty first match against Linfield at the Oval?

    See you next week.

  2. County Antrim Shield draw

    Quarter-finals on 25 October

    Linfield v Cliftonville

    Ballymena United v Ards

    Glentoran v Crusaders

    Albert Foundry v PSNI

  3. What they said

    Coleraine 2-2 Glenavon

    Quote Message: For Gary Hamilton and Glenavon it will feel like a defeat, having been 2-0 up. Our aim now is to carry this momentum into the match against Ballymena next week. We are both in good form so it could be a cracker. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
  4. What they said

    Portadown 0-3 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: We were a bit disappointed to be 0-0 at half-time. I spoke to the lads and they knew they could up it 5-10% and we did that. Some of the goals and play we had were fantastic and we fully justified the 3-0 win. from Mal Donaghy Assistant manager, Cliftonville
    Mal DonaghyAssistant manager, Cliftonville
  5. What they said

    Crusaders 5-1 Ballinamallard United

    Quote Message: My last goal was back in 2012 before I joined Crusaders. I just went up for a corner and, when Gavin Whyte put it in, I managed to get a glancing header in, and it was great to see it hit the net. It doesn't happen too often so it was nice, although the most important thing was the win. from Craig McClean On his first goal in 189 appearances for Crusaders
    Craig McCleanOn his first goal in 189 appearances for Crusaders
    Craig McClean scores his first ever goal for Crusaders
    Image caption: Craig McClean scores his first ever goal for Crusaders
  6. What they said

    Ballymena United 4-1 Glentoran

    Quote Message: Glentoran deserved to be ahead at half-time and thankfully for us it was only 1-0. They were quicker and sharper and we did not do ourselves justice. But the players responded magnificently and were superb in the second half. Our aspirations have not changed, we want to be in the top six. Remember on the first day of the season we were thumped 6-0, but the character and courage my players have shown has been remarkable from David Jeffrey Ballymena United manager
    David JeffreyBallymena United manager
    Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey
    Image caption: Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey
  7. How they stand

    Irish Premiership table

    Irish Premiership table
    Image caption: .
  8. FULL-TIME

    Coleraine 2-2 Glenavon

    Coleraine salvage an unlikely point with two goals in the last five minutes at Ballycastle Road. This draw will feel like a defeat for Gary Hamilton's visitors.

  9. FULL-TIME

    Carrick Rangers 0-3 Dungannon Swifts

    Dungannon get back to winning ways but the statistics make grim reading for Carrick. No goals in the league since 26 August and no wins since 13 August. Difficult days for the men from East Antrim.

  10. FULL-TIME

    Linfield 4-0 Ards

    David Healy's men remain unbeaten - five wins and three draws so far. The Blues scorers today were Aaron Burns, Stephen Lowry, Kirk Millar and an Emmett Friars OG.

    Stephen Lowry scored in Linfield's 4-0 win over Ards
    Image caption: Stephen Lowry scored in Linfield's 4-0 win over Ards
  11. GOAL

    Carrick Rangers 0-3 Dungannon Swifts

    Andy Mitchell grabs his second of the game two minutes into added time. Mitchell had the simple task of tapping in after Matt Hazley's attempt cannoned off the woodwork.

  12. FULL-TIME

    Crusaders 5-1 Ballinamallard United

    Paul Heatley, Jordan Owens, Craig McClean and two from Gavin Whyte as the Crues go marching on.

    The top three have all won as Linfield beat Ards and Ballymena were 4-1 winners over Glentoran.

  13. FULL-TIME

    Ballymena Utd 4-1 Glentoran

    Ballymena's recent good form continues with a thumping 4-1 victory over Glentoran. The Sky Blues remain third in the table.

  14. FULL-TIME

    Portadown 0-3 Cliftonville

    Second-half goals scored by Jason McGuinness, Davy McDaid and Stephen Garrett.

  15. GOAL

    Ballymena Utd 4-1 Glentoran

    Tony Kane nets his second penalty of the game after a Glentoran handball. What a transformation in the second half at the Showgrounds.

  16. GOAL

    Portadown 0-3 Cliftonville

    Stephen Garrett gets a third for the Belfast Reds at Shamrock Park.

  17. GOAL

    Coleraine 2-2 Glenavon

    Coleraine are level against Glenavon. Jordan Allen, on loan from Derry City, steers the ball home after meeting Jamie McGonigle's teasing cross across the face of goal with two minutes remaining.

  18. PENALTY

    Ballymena Utd 3-1 Glentoran

    Tony Kane scores for the Sky Blues with his sixth penalty of the season. Gary Thompson was fouled in the area as he attempted to find the net after Cathair Friel had hit the post.

  19. GOAL

    Coleraine 1-2 Glenavon

    The Bannsiders pull one back through Jamie McGonigle, his third of the season, after Darren McCauley's pull back. A 'belter' according to reporter Eric White on BBC Radio Ulster. Should make the final five minutes or so interesting.

  20. GOAL

    Crusaders 5-1 Ballinamallard United

    Gavin Whyte scores his second for league leaders Crusaders and it's now just a question of how many. Whyte flicked over keeper McCusker on 76 minutes. They think it's all over....