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Live Reporting

Matt Gault and Alvin McCaig

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  1. Final whistle

    We promised you drama and the Irish League climax didn't disappoint. Linfield prevailed to clinch the Premiership title but they were given an almighty scare by Cliftonville before Andrew Waterworth's second-half treble at Solitude. Commiserations to Crusaders - they hammered Glenavon but missed out a third straight Gibson Cup success.

    That's all from us for now and a big thank-you for following our live text commentary throughout a thrilling league campaign. We're back for the Irish Cup final next Saturday so join us again as the Blues and Coleraine battle it out at Windsor Park.

  2. A day to remember

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    Winning the league title for your club - Andrew Waterworth will never forget his hat-trick, which has brought a 52nd title to Windsor Park. 

    Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth celebrates scoring in the Solitude victory
    Image caption: Linfield striker Andrew Waterworth celebrates scoring in the Solitude victory
  3. Linfield fans merrily tweeting!

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    Linfield tweet
    Linfield tweet
    Linfield tweet
  4. Two-day double for Mulgrew

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    What a magical couple of days it's been for Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew. The midfielder was named Ulster Footballer of the Year on Friday and has tasted title success 24 hours later. Mulgrew could also get his hands on the Irish Cup if the Blues overcome Coleraine in next Saturday's decider. 

    Blues skipper Jamie Mulgrew lifts the Gibson Cup at Solitude
    Image caption: Blues skipper Jamie Mulgrew lifts the Gibson Cup at Solitude
  5. What they said

    Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

    Quote Message: I think the real disappointment came last week, there was a feeling that we threw it away then and that meant we could enjoy this game today. We were able to put on a good performance for the fans and a good spectacle, and that's important because they have been phenomenal all season - this club is nothing without them. We won the title twice in a row and came so close this year and it's important not to lose sight of that. But it wasn't meant to be this year - we'll move on. from Paul Heatley Crusaders forward
    Paul HeatleyCrusaders forward
  6. Linfield celebrate Premiership triumph

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

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    Video caption: Linfield lift the Gibson Cup as they are crowned Irish Premiership champions for 2016-2017
  7. Half-time talk does the trick for Blues

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    Quote Message: We don't make things easy for ourselves! I'm sure people were thinking that we had thrown it away. At half-time we knew it wasn't good enough and if we continued to play the way we were then we would not win the title. We had a few choice words with each other and it worked. One we got the equaliser I was confident we were going to win and we showed the ruthless streak needed to be champions. from Jamie Mulgrew Linfield captain
    Jamie MulgrewLinfield captain
  8. What they said

    Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

    Quote Message: I asked for a big, show-stopping performance from the boys today and that's exactly what they delivered. We scored six goals and could have had more than that. We've had to fight without Colin Coates for five months of the season but I have nothing but admiration for the players here. There has been first-class effort but it hasn't happened for us. It's now on us to fight as hard as we can for next season. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  9. Callaghan steps down as Carrick boss

    Aaron Callaghan has resigned as Carrick Rangers manager, the club has confirmed

    Aaron Callaghan
    Image caption: Aaron Callaghan
  10. What they said

    Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

    Quote Message: There can be no excuses. Linfield have been brilliant, particularly since Christmas and all we can do is pick ourselves up and go again next year. I think we can do it with the characters we have in that dressing room. The gap between ourselves and Crusaders is quite small, I think they would agree with that, so it's on us to improve as a team and go again next season. from Declan Caddell Crusaders midfielder
    Declan CaddellCrusaders midfielder
  11. Blues boss Healy 'chuffed to bits'

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    Linfield manager David Healy
    Image caption: Linfield manager David Healy
    Quote Message: Words couldn't describe how I feel - we were down at half-time but came back and I'm chuffed to bits to win this title. We have been written off many times. I would like to thank the players, fans, staff and board. I asked the players to do their jobs and they they did that today. This is right up there in my achievements in football - I'm living the dream. I congratulate Crusaders on what they have done in the last three years and as always in football there are winners and losers. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  12. Gracious in defeat

    Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

    They won emphatically on the day, but there will be an empty feeling right now for some of those Crusaders players. 

    But they're hiding it tremendously well. A lot of the squad have been joined by their family and friends on the pitch as they gesture to the fans in the stands, thanking them for their support throughout the season. 

    Stephen Baxter will obviously be deeply disappointed with today's outcome, but he's all smiles right now - and he can be proud of how his team conducted themselves today. 

    We have a feeling they'll be back even stronger next season. 

  13. Hat-trick man Waterworth celebrates title success

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    Quote Message: It's quite surreal at the minute. In the first half we were down and out but we got it sorted at half-time. It fell for me in the second half and I'm just delighted for the team and the fans. When we were nine points behind Crusaders I didn't think we could do it but it shows the character in this team. I'm so happy to make it 52 titles for the club and this is why you sign for Linfield. from Andrew Waterworth Linfield striker
    Andrew WaterworthLinfield striker
  14. Europa League play-offs

    Semi-final line-up

    Following today's games, it is confirmed that Ballymena United will take on Dungannon Swifts in the Europa League play-off semi-finals at the Showgrounds on Monday 8 May.

    The Swifts go into the game on the back of four consecutive wins.

    Cliftonville will host Glenavon in the other semi-final at Solitude on the same evening.


    Final scores

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

    Ballinamallard Utd 4-1 Carrick Rangers

    Coleraine 1-1 Ballymena Utd

    Dungannon Swifts 2-0 Portadown

    Glentoran 1-1 Ards

  16. Deserved champions

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    Quote Message: Linfield are the best team and that's why they are champions. Finishing with 43 points from 45 is unprecedented and shows the resilience in this side. from Chris Morgan Saturday Sportsound summariser
    Chris MorganSaturday Sportsound summariser

    Crusaders 6-1 Glenavon

    Matthew Snoddy wraps up the win with the sixth but it matters not. 

    The full-time whistle is met with a muted smattering applause as Crusaders fans head for the exit, hoping to forget all about this afternoon. 

    They did their part, brushing Glenavon aside with an excellent first-half display, but it's all in vain as they relinquish their hold on local football supremacy. 

    It's been a magnificent title-race and Crusaders have played a major role in our entertainment this season, and we're interested to see how they respond next season, but this is undoubtedly Linfield's day. 

  18. Linfield crowned Irish Premiership champions

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    It's all over at Solitude and the Blues win the league title!

    Linfield are the 2016-2017 Irish Premieship champions
    Image caption: Linfield are the 2016-2017 Irish Premieship champions
  19. Salute for hat-trick hero

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    Andrew Waterworth receives a standing ovation from the Linfield fans as he is substituted with a couple of minutes left. Fully deserved for his title-winning treble. 

  20. CLOSE!

    Cliftonville 1-3 Linfield

    Linfield are a confident team now and Kirk Millar attempts an audacious long-range shot which drops just over the Cliftonville crossbar. Six minutes left at Solitude.