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Summary

  1. Ballymena United 2-1 Cliftonville
  2. Glentoran 3-1 Warrenpoint Town
  3. Newry City 0-1 Linfield

Live Reporting

By Richard Petrie and Alvin McCaig

All times stated are UK

  1. Final whistle

    Thanks for your company on a night when a last-gasp Chris Casement goal gave Linfield victory at bottom side Newry to maintain their nine-point advantage at the Premiership summit.

    Second-placed Ballymena did their bit by beating Cliftonville 2-1 at the Showgrounds and it was easy peasy for Glentoran as they cruised to a 3-1 home win over Warrenpoint.

    We'll be back on Friday night for live coverage of the Irish Cup quarter-final between runaway Championship leaders Larne and holders Coleraine.

    That promises to be a cracker so join us then.

  2. Sky Blues soaring

    Ballymena Utd 2-1 Cliftonville

    Roy Walker

    Radio Ulster Sportsound summariser

    Quote Message: Ballymena have to keep on winning and see where it takes them. There is a lot of football to be played but to keep the pressure on Linfield they have to try and keep the gap to six points by the time the split comes around. Then if they can beat Linfield at home anything can happen, they would be right back in it again.
  3. Glens boss Smyth praises 'Point

    Glentoran 3-1 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: We started off well but Warrenpoint very much came back into the game and played some good football. We struggled to cope with their movement but we got another goal at an important time and it's all about putting the ball in the back of the net. from Gary Smyth Glentoran manager
    Gary SmythGlentoran manager
  4. 'Point boss disapppointed after Oval defeat

    Glentoran 3-1 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: We conceded a couple of poor goals and any poor decisions are going against us. We didn't do enough to get anything from the game. It's alright playing attractive football but in the end the scoreline reads 3-1. There was a lack of discipline from us again and any hope we had of mounting a comeback was shot down straight away by the red card. from Stephen McDonnell Warrenpoint Town manager
    Stephen McDonnellWarrenpoint Town manager
  5. Joy and despair

    Newry City 0-1 Linfield

    The highs and lows of football as Chris Casement wins it for the Blues
    Image caption: The highs and lows of football as Chris Casement wins it for the Blues
  6. Celebration time for Chris!

    Newry City 0-1 Linfield

    Chris Casement celebrates scoring Linfield's last-gasp winner
    Image caption: Chris Casement celebrates scoring Linfield's last-gasp winner
  7. Paddy fields post-match questions

    Ballymena Utd 2-1 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: Ballymena were superior in the first half but in the second half we played higher up the pitch, were more of a threat in the final third and created opportunities. We got ourselves back into the game at 2-1 and thereafter it was one-way traffic in our favour but Ballymena defended well and showed their defensive quality to keep us out. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  8. 'To score so late is a credit to their desire'

    Newry City 0-1 Linfield

    Quote Message: It was hard work watching that and we were miles off what we can be, but credit to our players as they gave everything. To score so late is a credit to their desire. Newry made us work up to the 95th minute and they set up well. It's crucial to get wins like this and Niall Quinn's cross in for the goal was terrific with Chris Casement getting on the end of it. However, tonight was maybe a game too far for a few of our players and we're glad to have a break this weekend. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  9. Jeffrey lauds 'deserved win'

    Ballymena Utd 2-1 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: If we had taken our chances in the first half it would have been a bit more comfortable for us but in the end I don't think anyone could say we didn't deserve it. Emotionally and mentally we were fantastic and in the end it was all hands to the deck - we had to fight and work and defend for our lives. At half-time we were wary as Cliftonville are a very talented team with quality players. Even at 2-0 we knew they weren't out of it and so it proved as they scored very quickly after that. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United manager
    David JeffreyBallymena United manager
  10. 'It's a dagger blow to Newry' - O'Carroll

    Newry City 0-1 Linfield

    Diarmuid O'Carroll

    Radio Ulster summariser

    Quote Message: The Linfield players will walk off knowing that result will reverberate around the league tonight. However, it's a dagger blow to Newry - you've got to congratulate them on their performance. They are not dead yet, they've still plenty of games left and hopefully they can keep it going.
  11. FULL-TIME

    Newry City 0-1 Linfield

    Linfield leave it late but the leaders clinch a crucial win to stay nine points clear at the top of the table.

    Chris Casement was the hero for the Blues, popping up in added time to deliver the killer blow.

    Newry gave it everything but they remain bottom, level on points with Ards but with an inferior goal difference.

  12. FULL-TIME

    Ballymena Utd 2-1 Cliftonville

    It's all over....Ballymena fans celebrate a hard-fought win which could just keep them in the title race.

    The joy of the home fans is only tempered by the news that Linfield have scored late on against Newry.

    Much improved second half from Cliftonville, but just not enough.

    Dramatic stuff. Is it ever anything else?

  13. FULL-TIME

    Glentoran 3-1 Warrenpoint Town

    Glentoran move up to eighth as a Darren Murray double following a Robbie McDaid opener give them a 3-1 win over Warrenpoint.

  14. GOAL

    Newry City 0-1 Linfield

    Chris Casement scores in added time - big, big goal. The stuff of champions.

    The defender rises at the back-post to head in from a Niall Quinn's perfect cross to break Newry hearts after the basement side had battled so hard.

    Still a couple of minutes left.

  15. Will there be a last-gasp winner?

    Newry City 0-0 Linfield

    Into five minutes of additional time......

  16. Millar doubles Ballymena lead, Donnelly replies within a minute

    Ballymena Utd 2-1 Cliftonville

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    Video caption: Millar doubles Sky Blues lead, but Donnelly replies a minute later
  17. Point pull one back

    Glentoran 3-1 Warrenpoint Town

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    Video caption: Warrenpoint Town get one back against Glentoran with what looks like a Marcus Kane own goal
  18. Cliftonville pile on pressure

    Ballymena Utd 2-1 Cliftonville

    Ballymena nerves are frayed as Cliftonville throw everything but the proverbial kitchen sink at the hosts.

    Wave after wave of attacks and high balls pumped into the area by Paddy McLaughlin's men...

    Watch out...here comes the kitchen sink too!

  19. CLOSE!

    Ballymena Utd 2-1 Cliftonville

    Chris Curran fizzes a shot wide of the post as Cliftonville continue to search for an equaliser.

    There could well be another goal in this game. If so, at what end though??

  20. Blues faltering up front

    Newry City 0-0 Linfield

    Kyle McClean fires straight at Newry keeper Andy Coleman as Linfield squander another opportunity.

    As it stands Linfield's lead at the the top is going to be reduced to seven points - but they've still time to grab a late victory.