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Live Reporting

By Michael Morrow and Richard Petrie

All times stated are UK

  1. See you Saturday

    Right then Linfield fans, how are those flights to Azerbaijan coming along?

    A wonderful achievement for the Blues who have made it to the final round of Europa League qualifiers where they will meet Qarabag.

    As for league matters, Crusaders and Larne make it two wins from two while Dungannon remain undefeated on four points.

    Cliftonville paid a fitting tribute to Tommy Breslin with a 3-1 win over Glenavon in their first home game of the campaign.

    Coleraine and Glentoran are both still undefeated and without a win in this most early stage of the league season.

    Warrenpoint have some work to do having conceded 10 goals in two games, while Carrick Rangers and Institute are still seeking their first wins of the campaign.

    Got all that? Good.

    We'll see you back here on Saturday then!

  2. Cliftonville did Tommy Breslin proud tonight - Hamilton

    Cliftonville 3-1 Glenavon

    Quote Message: I was close to tears tonight, I was very emotional. I'm sad for Tommy's family and everyone at Cliftonville, but they definitely went out and done him proud tonight. It's one of those nights when you recognise there's more to life than football - and one of the few nights I won't mind getting defeated. We were poor in the first half, we were sloppy and poor all over. The boys know it wasn't good enough. We weren't creating anything or holding the ball up and we were all over the place at the back, but you can't take it away from Cliftonville because they were exceptional in the first half. But we didn't deal with it - we were out of the game at half-time. I told the boys that they'd let themselves down, but at least they showed a bit of fight in the second half. from Gary Hamilton Glenavon manager
    Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager
  3. Carrick beaten by 'sensational' winner - Currie

    Carrick Rangers 1-2 Larne

    Quote Message: I'm very proud of the players tonight - they gave everything. We lost a very influential player (Daniel Kelly) after five minutes which didn't help but they showed great spirit. We limited Larne to very few chances but it's small margins - we gave away a cheap free kick on the edge of the box for the winner but the quality of the free kick was sensational. We were up against guys who are training regularly - all our players did a 9-5 shift in their jobs today, they were up here at six o'clock and they were an absolute credit to the club. from Niall Currie Carrick Rangers manager
    Niall CurrieCarrick Rangers manager
  4. Lynch hails 'special' Randall

    Carrick Rangers 1-2 Larne

    Quote Message: It was a really, really difficult game. We knew an east Antrim 'derby' was going to be a battle. But I'm proud of the players - they showed another side of their game from Saturday, they rolled their sleeves up and showed their fight. Mark (Randall) is a very special player, like most of the boys in the team - he has those things he can do that you can't really coach - but ultimately it was all about a great team performance. We couldn't have asked for a better start but we need to get back into it again tomorrow. from Tiernan Lynch Larne manager
    Tiernan LynchLarne manager
  5. Cliftonville 'rolling back the years' to Tommy's era - McLaughlin

    Cliftonville 3-1 Glenavon

    Quote Message: It was great to see the supporters out to pay tribute to Tommy Breslin. It's been a difficult week for his family. They've been an inspiration to us and hopefully they can take some comfort from our performance. The first half performance was brilliant, it was rolling back the years to when Tommy was in charge, when he had them playing like that on a regular basis. It wasn't comfortable - they got a goal back early in the second half and we expected a reaction from them after our boys being so rampant. You can never be comfortable against a team like Glenavon. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  6. Post update

    Crusaders 4-0 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: We have probably produced 10 more chances to score tonight but their goalkeeper was wonderful. Some of the saves he made were world class. Our team were on the front foot all evening and I was really pleased with the effort. When you get four goals and don't concede any, you have to be pleased with that. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  7. Post update

    Crusaders 4-0 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: Our ground isn't fit for purpose at the minute with the lights not being ready. Massively disappointing as that's two away days on the trot and two heavy defeats, not that the outcome probably would have been any different. from Stephen McDonnell Warrenpoint Town manager
    Stephen McDonnellWarrenpoint Town manager

    Carrick Rangers 1-2 Larne

    It's back-to-back victories for Larne on their return to the top flight after edging a hard-fought east Antrim 'derby'.

    Mark Randall's sumptuous free kick provides the one real piece of quality in an otherwise mediocre second half.

  9. Post update

    Crusaders 4 - 0 Warrenpoint Town

    Paul Heatley huffed and puffed all night, and got the goal his performance deserved right at the end.

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    Video caption: Heatley walks it in to make it 4-0

    Institute 2-3 Dungannon Swifts

    Stute pull one back late through Jake Morrow but it's too little too late as Dugannon Swifts claim a brilliant away win.

  11. Paul pokes home to make it all-square

    Glentoran 2 - 2 Coleraine

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    Video caption: Paul O'Neil equalises for Glentoran

    Cliftonville 3-1 Glenavon

    A Joe Gormley double lifts Cliftonville to their first win of the season as they see off Glenavon at Solitude.

    Gormley struck twice before Ryan Curran's driven finish gave Glenavon a mountain to climb at the break.

    Andrew Mitchell came off the bench to pull one back for the Lurgan Blues, but it proved scant consolation as the Reds pick up all three points.

    The style and swagger with which they tore through Glenavon in the first half would have made Tommy Breslin proud.


    Glentoran 2-2 Coleraine

    A cracker of a game finishes all-square at the Oval.

    Coleraine led 2-0 but they lost James McLaughlin to a red card before the Glens fought back to level late in the game.

    A fair result with both sides starting the campaign with two draws.


    Linfield 3-2 FK Sutjeska (Agg: 5-3)

    Linfield book a place in the play-off for the Europa League group stages by seeing off Sutjeska 3-2 on the night at Windsor Park and 5-3 on aggregate!

    A proud special night for the Irish Premiership champions who were well deserving of their victory.

    Azerbaijan champions Qarabag await the Blues who have secured back-to-back wins in successive rounds of European competition for the first time since 1966.

    David Healy's side are on the pitch taking the plaudits from the large home support and rightly so.

  15. Post update

    Crusaders 4-0 Warrenpoint

    This is quite harsh on Beerat Turker, who dealt with a lot tonight, but he let this Ross Clarke effort run away from him.

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    Video caption: Turker error hands Crusaders a third
  16. Post update

    Glentoran 2-2 Coleraine

    Was that the chance to win it? Glens scorer Paul O'Neill works his way into space before rifling lowing across goal and inches wide.

  17. Pick it out!

    Carrick Rangers 1-2 Larne

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    Video caption: Mark Randall is having his own individual goal of the season competition

    Crusaders 4-0 Warrenpoint Town

    On their first two showings of the season, you'd worry for Warrenpoint Town.

    Seaview is not an easy place to come but they really failed to get anything going at all there.

    As for Crusaders it's six points from two with no goals conceded, so they'll be happy with their work in the first week.

    Ross Clarke scored twice, with the other goals coming from Jordan Forsythe and Paul Heatley.

  19. GOAL

    Crusaders 4-0 Dungannon Swifts

    Paul Heatley finally has his goal, and he deserves it for all his endeavours.

    As bodies fall like flies in the box, Heatley keeps the ball glued to his feet, Turker commits first and Heatley finds the gap.

  20. A peach from Plum!

    Glentoran 1 - 2 Coleraine

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    Video caption: Plum's free-kick pulls one back for Glentoran