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Summary

  1. Cliftonville 1-0 Newry City
  2. Dungannon Swifts 1-0 Crusaders
  3. Glenavon 2-0 Ards
  4. Institute 1-2 Ballymena United
  5. Linfield 3-2 Coleraine
  6. Warrenpoint Town 0-5 Glentoran

Live Reporting

By Michael Morrow and Richard Petrie

All times stated are UK

  1. Over and out

    Well, that's it from another drama-filled day in the Irish Premiership. Is it every any different?

    Linfield looked down and out at 2-0 down against Coleraine but a thrilling comeback from David Healy's side at Windsor Park saw them recover to clinch a 3-2 win and consolidate their six-point lead at the top.

    Ballymena are keeping up the chase with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Institute but Crusaders' ambitions of retaining their title look to be over following a second top-flight defeat of the season by Dungannon at Stangmore Park.

    Paddy McLaughlin will be happy to get his reign as Cliftonville boss off to a winning start by seeing off Newry City while Glenavon earned a much-needed success at the expense of struggling basement side Ards.

    Top scorers of the day were Glentoran, who put five past Warrenpoint Town, who had two players sent-off.

    Thanks for joining us and we'll be back on Monday night with coverage of the four rearranged Irish Cup sixth round ties.

    In the meantime keep an eye on the BBC Sport NI website for highlights of all today's games. Bye for now.

  2. McLaughlin 'delighted' with winning start

    Cliftonville 1-0 Newry City

    Quote Message: We're delighted - we knew it was going to be tough, I've played Newry City three times this season already and they always give you a difficult game but getting off to a winning start is fantastic. It was a great start and settled the nerves. We had a couple of chances to extend our lead but overall I'm delighted to have got three points and kept a clean sheet. It was hard leaving Institute, obviously being so close to the players there but this was a big opportunity to come coach some of the best players in the division so my aim now is to help get them back up the table. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  3. How it stands

    Irish Premiership table

    Irish Premiership table
  4. 'We should have been three up at half-time'

    Dungannon Swifts 1-0 Crusaders

    Quote Message: The performance was excellent - we should have been three up at half-time but we missed all our chances. We hit the woodwork and David (Cushley) should probably have scored the other two chances he created for himself. If you are 3-0 up at half-time the game is probably over. Dungannon held on and got themselves in a good position in the second half, scored from a header and held on for grim death so well done to them. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  5. Early goals proved vital - Smyth

    Warrenpoint Town 0-5 Glentoran

    Quote Message: To score so early is a massive bonus for us because goals change games. Every time we came forward we looked as though we could score. When we got the third goal I think they lost their discipline a wee bit which helped us as well. We have had matches this season where, if we had put our chances away we would have won comfortably so it's nice to score goals and keep a clean sheet. from Gary Smyth Glentoran manager
    Gary SmythGlentoran manager
  6. 'We had to dig deep' - Jeffrey

    Institute 1-2 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: We knew it was going to be hard work and a difficult test and so it proved. We had to dig deep and battle very hard but no-one could say we didn't deserve the three points. It was a superb delivery from Steven McCullough, a wicked ball in with a swirling wind, while the penalty was a pretty straightforward decision. Three points take us that little bit closer to qualifying for Europe. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United manager
    David JeffreyBallymena United manager
  7. McDonnell has 'no problems' with ref's decisions

    Warrenpoint Town 0-5 Glentoran

    Quote Message: The referee was fine on the day - they were the correct decisions. It was a lack of discipline from our two players and I have no problem with the referee. Ciaran (O'Connor) has been excellent for us but he is going out on a bit of a sour note which is a shame. The game was over on set plays alone. A couple of our young boys were fantastic at getting on the ball in the second half but unfortunately for us, the game was over in the first half. from Stephen McDonnell Warrenpoint Town manager
    Stephen McDonnellWarrenpoint Town manager
  8. 'Our boys were excellent'

    Dungannon Swifts 1-0 Crusaders

    Quote Message: I'm absolutely delighted. We knew it was going to be extremely tough as Crusaders are at the top end of the league and chasing the title. Our boys were excellent - in the first half we defended well and in the second half we took our chance when it came along. from Kris Lindsay Dungannon manager
    Kris LindsayDungannon manager
  9. We need more leaders - McAree

    Linfield 3-2 Coleraine

    Quote Message: We ended up getting what we deserved and that sounds strange because we were coasting, doing things right and playing in the right areas of the pitch. We maybe orchestrated our own downfall as well. We have to learn from our mistakes, we need to have more leaders and more than want to stand up and take responsibility. from Rodney McAree Coleraine manager
    Rodney McAreeColeraine manager
  10. 'This time last year our season was over' - Mulgrew

    Linfield 3-2 Coleraine

    Quote Message: If we want to be champions, that is the sort of character and mentality that we have to show. With Ballymena hot on our tails it is vitally important that we continue to win games. This time last year our season was over, from my point of view you embrace the challenge of playing in several different competitions. from Jamie Mulgrew Linfield captain
    Jamie MulgrewLinfield captain
  11. 'Deserved win' for Ballymena

    Institute 1-2 Ballymena Utd

    Tony Gorman

    BBC Radio Ulster pundit

    Quote Message: Institute played with great intensity in the second half and gave it a real go but over the 90 minutes Ballymena just about deserved the three points.
  12. FULL-TIME

    Institute 1-2 Ballymena Utd

    Ballymena remain six points behind Linfield at the top thanks to their third league win of the season over Institute.

    Steven McCullough's free-kick and Cathair Friel's penalty prove decisive, although Steven Curry pulled back a consolation for the home side.

  13. Saturday scoreboard

    Irish Prem FT scores
  14. SUBSTITUTION

    Institute 1-2 Ballymena Utd

    Substitute Ryan Harpur hobbles off injured for Ballymena, Willie Faulkner his replacement.

  15. FULL-TIME

    Glenavon 2-0 Ards

    Glenavon win a league match for the first time since 14 December.

    On-loan Cameron Stewart gets the second-half opener with Conor McCloskey adding a penalty.

    For bottom club Ards, it is a fifth successive Premiership defeat.

  16. FULL-TIME

    Linfield 3-2 Coleraine

    Big hugs on the Blues bench as the final whistle sounds, and why not?

    If, and it's still a big if, Linfield win the league, this game will surely be pointed to as a pivotal moment.

    Two down and looking utterly hapless, Healy's side have clinched the most unlikely of wins here with second half goals from Josh Robinson, Niall Quinn and Kyle McClean.

  17. FULL-TIME

    Warrenpoint Town 0-5 Glentoran

    Rarely will Glentoran ever claim three more comfortable points, on a day when anything that could go wrong did so for nine-man Warrenpoint.

  18. FULL-TIME

    Dungannon Swifts 1-0 Crusaders

    Football can be a cruel game and the Crues will be feeling it as they return to north Belfast.

    Chance after chance squandered, the opposition score with one of their few openings and the Crues' title chances take a severe blow as they now trail leaders Linfield by 12 points.

    But credit must go to Dungannon - they stood firm in a one-sided first half and then took their chance when it came along to move further clear of relegation trouble.

  19. Over and out

    Dungannon Swifts 1-0 Crusaders

    That is the chance Crusaders wanted but in keeping with their performance today it is wasted.

    The ball fall to an unmarked Rory Patterson 10 yards but the striker flicks it first time over the bar.