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Live Reporting

Alvin McCaig and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. That's your lot

    Bye for now

    Well, thankfully we've returned to relative peace and quiet after another thrilling and dramatic day in the Premiership title race. Chelsea may already have the Premier League wrapped up, but the local fight for supremacy promises to go all the way to the wire.

    It's as we were at the summit, with Crusaders maintaining their slender one-point lead over Linfield. 

    Look out for all the day's goals on the BBC Sport NI website tonight and be sure to join us for coverage of a full programme of six league matches on Tuesday night. 

    There's a few tasty matches in prospect, too, as Crusaders host in-form Coleraine while Linfield entertain the occasionally entertaining Glenavon. 

    At the other end of the table, Portadown travel to Ards hoping to delay their likely relegation once again, while Carrick Rangers host Glentoran and Ballinamallard United welcome Dungannon Swifts to Stangmore Park. 

  2. What they said

    Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

    Quote Message: I thought we started slowly but when we scored the two goals that really lifted us and we were happy with how we played after that. The manager asked me to get back and defend as well so it was a tough job but, as I said, once we got the second goals it was fairly comfortable. At the end of the day, it's another win and we can now concentrate on another big game on Tuesday night. from Jordan Owens Crusaders striker
    Jordan OwensCrusaders striker
    Crusaders striker and Cliftonville captain Jason McGuinness
    Image caption: Crusaders striker and Cliftonville captain Jason McGuinness
  3. What they said

    Ballymena 0-2 Linfield

    Quote Message: We knew this was a hard place to come but obviously with the confidence we've built up thanks to the result last week, we were able to do a professional job and deliver three points. It was tight for a long time at 1-0 but we were eventually able to kill the game off. I thought we dominated from start to finish though and we nullified Ballymena's threats. We've been chasing Crusaders all season so nothing's really changed and all we need to do is continue winning games. from Jamie Mulgrew Linfield midfielder
    Jamie MulgrewLinfield midfielder
  4. What they said

    Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

    Stephen Baxter hails his players after their comeback victory over Cliftonville. 

    Quote Message: My heart rate wasn't good watching that in the second-half, I can tell you that. It was tough viewing but I thought we gave a stunning performance here today and definitely showed our never say die attitude. Jordan Owens has struggled to be fit for this game but he's delivered with two massively important goals for us today. But there's still a long way to go, and we're expecting three hotly-contested matches to come. The title race is far from over and I've said that time and timer again. Linfield are a top team but we just have to keep focusing on what we're doing. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
    Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter
    Image caption: Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter

    Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

    There's the final whistle and Crusaders have recorded an enormous win at Solitude. The champions take a huge step towards retaining their title after Jordan Owens's headed double. It keeps them one point clear of Linfield. Brilliant game. 

    Cliftonville certainly contributed majorly to the drama today. Levi Ives also struck twice to cancel out Michael Carvill's opener, but they weren't able to hang on as Crusaders dug deep to complete another comeback win and guarantee their place at the head of affairs. 

    Crues goalkeeper Sean O'Neill - who made a remarkable double save late on to deny Cliftonville a point - runs to the away supporters and celebrates like they've won the title. They haven't yet, of course, but nobody can deny what a significant win this could turn out to be. 

    We're away to catch our breath for a minute, but stay with us for post-match reaction!


    Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Glentoran


    Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon


    Carrick Rangers 2-2 Ards

    Carrick will finish in the bottom two along with Portadown. Ballinamallard United retain their Premiership status.


    Ballymena 0-2 Linfield

    It's all over at the Showgrounds. Impressive performance and win from the Blues. 

  10. SAVE!

    Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

    Jaimie McGovern is denied by a combination of keeper and defender on the line. Crusaders fans' hearts would have stopped for a second there. 

  11. Stoppage time...

    Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

    The Crues are agonisingly close to a massive victory! Two minutes to go now...

  12. GOAL

    Ballymena 0-2 Linfield

    It's game over as Andrew Waterworth streaks clear and fires the Blues into a surely unassailable two-goal lead. A job well done by David Healy's side at the Showgrounds. 

  13. GOAL

    Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

    James Singleton heads in a later equaliser. 

  14. GOAL

    Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Glentoran

    Jamie Glackin puts the Swifts in front with a minute remaining. Dungannon closing in on a comeback win which would keep them in seventh place and on course for a Europa League play-off place.


    Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

    O'Neill's the hero for Crusaders! He denies Cliftonville not once, but twice from close-range. Brilliant piece(s) of goalkeeping from the big man to deny Ross Lavery, get up quickly and thwart Daniel Reynolds. 

    If Crusaders go on to lift the trophy next month, they will surely look back at that moment as equally as pivotal to Owens' goals. 

    The Reds are giving this a real go now, in what has turned into a frenetic, end-to-end game of football. Cracking stuff. 

  16. MISS!

    Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders

    Heatley could have put the game to bed but it's not to be! The forward is played in one-on-one with the keeper and tries to chip him, only to misjudge his effort and fire it over. 

    A little bit more panache was required there, but it looks very much like the stuffing has been knocked out of Cliftonville after Owens's one-two punch. 

  17. Rangers need a goal

    Carrick Rangers 2-2 Ards

    Carrick will finish in the bottom two, most likely in the relegation play-off spot, unless they can clinch a late winner.

  18. SAVE!

    Ballymena 0-1 Linfield

    Well Ballymena haven't been at their best today, but Tim Allen hasn't done his reputation any harm. His latest in a growing portfolio of impressive saves is to deny Niall Quinn's powerfully-struck free-kick. 

  19. Watch: Jordan Owens puts Crusaders back in the driving seat

    Cliftonville 2-3 Crusaders (L)

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    Video caption: Two headed goals from Jordan Owens puts Crusaders back in the driving seat
  20. GOAL

    Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Glentoran

    Chris Hegarty levels for the Swifts in the 70th minute - the defender heads home from Jarlath O'Rourke's corner.