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Live Reporting

Richard Petrie and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all!

    Bye for now

    Linfield have taken a huge stride towards reclaiming the Gibson Cup. The Blues' 2-0 defeat of Institute at Windsor Park means they are now nine points ahead of Ballymena United, who fell to a disappointing 2-0 loss at home to Glentoran. Although the Braidmen have a game in hand, David Jeffrey's side require a couple of run-in slip-ups from Linfield.

    Crusaders boosted their chances of snatching second spot away from Ballymena with a 2-0 win over Cliftonville in the north Belfast derby at Seaview to move within five points of the Sky Blues.

    Elsewhere, Glenavon edged Dungannon Swifts at Mourneview Park while Seanan Foster's goal was enough to give Warrenpoint Town all three points at Ards. Warren Feeney's men remain just one point above bottom-placed Newry City.

    We'll be back with live text coverage of next Saturday's five-game programme.

  2. 'Disappointing day'

    Ballymena Utd 0-2 Glentoran

    Quote Message: From such a high last week against Coleraine this was a disappointing day for everyone at the club. The players know they did not perform and that is very unlike us. We have done tremendously well all season and we aim to return to that level for the remainder of the season. from David Jeffrey Ballymena Utd manager
    David JeffreyBallymena Utd manager
  3. Joy for Josh

    Glenavon 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

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    Video caption: Daniels deflection gives Glenavon the win
  4. 'We're disappointed with result but happy with performance'

    Linfield 2-0 Institute

    Quote Message: We're disappointed with the result but happy with the performance. We came here with a game-plan and we worked hard on it. in the first half we executed it quite well but we knew Linfield would up their game in the second half and unfortunately we had a couple of lapses of concentration. from Paul McLaughlin Institute head coach
    Paul McLaughlinInstitute head coach
  5. McLaughlin 'disappointed' with first-half display

    Crusaders 2-0 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: I'm disappointed with our first-half performance. Against two set-pieces because we knew they're strong from set-pieces. Second half we played a lot more and we moved the ball around the pitch. On another day you get something from the game. I'm sure it was a good spectacle for the fans, we struggle to get a foothold in the first half and we did create chances but we lost the game. I've enjoyed it so far, the boys have been excellent and they've really bought into what we're doing. If we keep developing the players, we'll make the club a force in the league again. From what I've seen so far, we're not too far away. This club should be challenging for trophies and that's why I'm here. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  6. 'We looked comfortable' - Baxter

    Crusaders 2-0 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: Very pleasing result. We got the two goals and looked comfortable. We always looked threatening and they never got in behind us. We put ourselves under a bit of pressure with the sending off but they had no penetration despite having a lot of the ball. It's obviously easier when you're not having to deal with balls in behind the defence so we looked comfortable. We have seven games to go and they're vitally important, we have second place to chase down so until it's mathematically not possible, we'll give it a go. We have a cup semi-final to look forward to so we're pleased with our work over the last few weeks and there's still a lot to work for. We've lost too many games to mount a title challenge but you have to dig out what you can so we have to continue to battle hard. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  7. Swifts' season 'far from over' - Lindsay

    Glenavon 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: Based on our second half performance, I thought we deserved something from the game. In the first half, Glenavon were by far the better side before we came into it in the last 10 minutes of the half but the second half was completely different. We were excellent and created chances but if you don't take those chances, you don't win games. I'm disappointed we didn't get something out of it but there are plenty of positives to take from the second half. There are six games left and there's a lot to play for after the split so our season is far from over. from Kris Lindsay Dungannon Swifts manager
    Kris LindsayDungannon Swifts manager
  8. Glenavon 'looked strong' - Millar

    Glenavon 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: That's our second win on the bounce and our second clean sheet on the bounce against a team that are hard to beat. I thought we looked strong all over the park. We lost Caolan Marron and Daniel Larmour to injuries so we had to change our centre-halves twice inside 20 minutes. Dungannon were dangerous on the break because even at 1-0, we were pressing for a second goal. Josh (Daniels) works really, really hard for us and for the second game in a row, he has got on the scoresheet. from Paul Millar Glenavon assistant manager
    Paul MillarGlenavon assistant manager
  9. Smyth smiling

    Ballymena Utd 0-2 Glentoran

    Quote Message: We started really well and it was a fantastic finish by Paul O'Neill for the first goal. The second was a great move - Robbie McDaid is a livewire and has got that in his locker. We had a lot of shuffling about to do today because of injuries and suspensions but the boys were superb to a man. from Gary Smyth Glentoran manager
    Gary SmythGlentoran manager
  10. A decisive day in the title race?

    Blues extend lead at top

    Irish Premiership table
  11. 'I'm pleased with the result and the performance'

    Linfield 2-0 Institute

    Quote Message: I'm pleased with the result and the performance, especially after a difficult game on Tuesday night. Jordan scored a big goal at a big stage of the game and you can't be disappointed with it. Josh Robinson has been good and we have been reminding him that he should score more goals from set-pieces. We were in command but until we scored the second goal you had to be wary. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  12. 'A confident, complete performance from Linfield'

    Linfield 2-0 Institute

    Roy Walker

    Radio Ulster Sportsound summariser

    Quote Message: There will be no complaints from Institute - it was a confident, complete performance from Linfield. They were in control of the game from start to finish and it could have been more than 2-0.
  13. 'Excellent' Glentoran

    Ballymena Utd 0-2 Glentoran

    Gary Haveron

    Radio Ulster summariser

    Quote Message: That was an excellent performance from Glentoran. They battled for everything, showed real grit and defended resolutely throughout. Ballymena didn't have the same energy or desire to get forward that they usually do and didn't create any clearcut chances all day. There was a lack of quality in their final ball and they were never really at it today. They just have to put it down to one of those days but all credit to Glentoran.

    Ballymena Utd 0-2 Glentoran

    Glentoran leave the Showgrounds with all three points to put a major dent in Ballymena's title hopes and hand the initiative to Linfield at the top of the table thanks to goals in either half from Paul O'Neill and Robbie McDaid.

    A strangely subdued Ballymena had very little to offer.


    Crusaders 2-0 Cliftonville

    It's all over! First-half goals from Jordan and Kyle Owens lift Crusaders to a derby-day victory over Cliftonville.

    The hosts had Rory Hale sent off in the second period but it mattered little, with Stephen Baxter's side securing their third north Belfast derby win of the season.

  16. OVER!

    Crusaders 2-0 Cliftonville

    Caoimhin McConnell curls a cracking effort from 30 yards but it flies over the bar.


    Glenavon 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Josh Daniels' deflected goal settles a scrappy game at Mourneview Park and keeps Glenavon in the hunt for a third place finish.


    Ards 0-1 Warrenpoint Town

    A first-half goal from Seanan Foster is enough to give Warrenpoint an away win and inflict defeat on Ards for the first time since Warren Feeney took over.


    Linfield 2-0 Institute

    The leaders cruise to a victory which is set to see them go nine points clear at the Premiership summit.

    Jordan Stewart arrowed in a superb opener before Josh Robinson headed in and the Blues are back to winning ways after two straight defeats.