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Summary

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

Live Reporting

By Richard Petrie and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all folks!

    So Crusaders march on towards a third championship success but Linfield certainly aren't giving up the chase at the top.

    Fourth-placed Coleraine are closing in on Cliftonville in front of them, while at the bottom, Portadown look nailed on to finish bottom and be relegated, with Carrick staring a relegation-promotion play-off place in the face.

    Thanks for joining our live coverage of the day's action and look out for all the goals from today's games on the BBC Sport website tonight.

    You can read a report from the six games on the site now.

    We'll be back on Friday night to cover the evening's four Premiership games, then on Saturday it will be the League Cup final between Ballymena and Carrick.

    Bye for now.

  2. What they said

    Ballinamallard 1-0 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: We definitely deserved more from the game. They made it really difficult for us by working hard. Our luck is out, though, because we should have had a penalty in the first-half. But we put them under pressure in the second-half when they were ahead and we can't do that - we need to attack teams from the start of games and we've discussed that in the changing room, and we're disappointed to come down here and not get a result today. from Gerard Lyttle Cliftonville boss
    Gerard LyttleCliftonville boss
    Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle
    Image caption: Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle
  3. What they said

    Coleraine 2-1 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: I was very happy with our first-half performance. We competed well, played the ball in the right areas and were rewarded with a goal. The second half was disappointing. We conceded a penalty and lost a man. We have to make it difficult for teams to beat us but when we went down to 10 men we gave ourselves an uphill task to get something out of it. from Rodney McAree Dungannon Swifts manager
    Rodney McAreeDungannon Swifts manager
  4. What they said

    Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: In the first half, we got what we expected from Crusaders. We defended like tigers but if it was not for Ross Glendinning, who made several fantastic saves, we could have been in trouble. We had a pop at them in the second half, contained them a bit better and scored a fantastic goal. On another day, we may have sneaked a draw but overall Crusaders were worthy winners. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United manager
    David JeffreyBallymena United manager
  5. What they said

    Carrick Rangers 0-2 Linfield

    Quote Message: We're not sure yet about Brian Neeson's injury, we have to go through the process of assessing him. It's a hip injury - he's landed very awkwardly. He's went for an ice bath so we won't know the extent until tomorrow morning. I thought we deserved something from the game. The penalty decision was beyond belief and it seems like these decisions always go to the bigger clubs. It was a chance not putting a second goalkeeper on the bench and it went against us today, but I have to say I thought Mark Surgenor did brilliantly when he stood in. from Aaron Callaghan Carrick Rangers boss
    Aaron CallaghanCarrick Rangers boss
    Carrick Rangers manager Aaron Callaghan
    Image caption: Carrick Rangers manager Aaron Callaghan
  6. What they said

    Coleraine 2-1 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: That's eight wins in a row and it's all a far cry from December when we couldn't buy a win. It's taken one big monster effort from everyone and it's well done to all the guys on the pitch. It's been a frustrating season for James McLaughlin but the one thing about him is he knows where the goals are. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
    Coleraine manager Oran Kearney
    Image caption: Coleraine manager Oran Kearney saw his side mount a second-half comeback
  7. What they said

    Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: Our first-half performance was fantastic. We scored two goals and it could have been more. It was a pleasing day for us as we responded well to Tuesday night's defeat. The two goals pleased me but the manner of the performance was particularly good. Gavin Whyte, especially was outstanding. We have 10 games to go and we will just play the matches in front of us. A seven-point lead can be clawed back very quickly. There is a lot of football still to be played." from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  8. What they said

    Ballinamallard 1-0 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: We came out on the right side of that encounter today and rode our luck at times, but I'm delighted with the three points. We are building week by week and keeping clean sheets, which is very pleasing. We're working well from front to back. Shane McGinty was class today, Cliftonville couldn't handle him at times. from Gavin Dykes Ballinamallard manager
    Gavin DykesBallinamallard manager
    Mallards boss Gavin Dykes
    Image caption: Mallards boss Gavin Dykes
  9. FULL-TIME

    Coleraine 2-1 Dungannon Swifts

    Coleraine recover from a goal down to extend their winning run in all competitions to eight.

    The fourth-placed Bannsiders move four points ahead of derby rivals Ballymena United in the league standings, while Dungannon's hopes of securing a top-six spot suffer a setback.

  10. FULL-TIME

    Ballinamallard 1-0 Cliftonville

    Cliftonville's long unbeaten streak against Mallards comes to a disappointing end as Ryan Mayse's second-half strike was enough to give Gavin Dykes's side another impressive victory. 

  11. FULL-TIME

    Portadown 0-3 Ards

  12. FULL-TIME

    Carrick 0-2 Linfield

    A well-deserved three points for the Blues thanks to a Stephen Lowry penalty and a late Paul Smyth strike. 

  13. FULL-TIME

    Glentoran 0-0 Glenavon

  14. GOAL

    Portadown 0-3 Ards

    The points are safe for Ards as Matthew Shevlin adds a third goal in added time. 

  15. FULL-TIME

    Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena Utd

    Crusaders stay seven points clear at the top after this hard-fought win on the Shore Road.

    For Ballymena, their attention turns to next week's League Cup decider against Carrick Rangers at the same venue.

  16. GOAL

    Carrick 0-2 Linfield

    Finally, Linfield have wrapped it up. Paul Smyth clinches three points with the second, poking home after a goalmouth scramble as we go into stoppage time. 

  17. RED CARD

    Ballinamallard 1-0 Cliftonville

    Chris Ramsey has been sent off by referee Evan Boyce! 

    However, there's SIX minutes added on. Surely there'll be one more chance for the Belfast side to salvage a point. 

  18. Can Carrick nick a late one?

    Carrick 0-1 Linfield

    Noble's effort is tipped over by Carroll! Linfield have had all the chances and possession but, with only goal in it, the home side can still snatch a dramatic point. 

    Seconds later, Linfield miss another one! Stewart fires wide from close range. How many chances have the Blues missed today!? Unbelievable. 

  19. CLOSE!

    Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena Utd

    Ross Glendinning comes out to make a great close-range save from Jordan Owens after the striker went in one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

    Will this be another to add to the long list of narrow one-goal victories for Crusaders this season?

  20. MISSED PENALTY

    Ballinamallard 1-0 Cliftonville

    Daniel Hughes has missed it! Saved by Brush! 

    Well, they may not get another opportunity like that to equalise but they've spurned it. Heroics from Brush.