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Live Reporting

By Andy Gray and Mark Sterling

All times stated are UK

  1. What a day!

    Crues sitting pretty at the top

    Well, we need a lie down after all that!

    It's probably safe to call that the most dramatic Irish Premiership Saturday we've had so far this season.

    There were three penalties - two scored, one saved - at Seaview as Crusaders edged Glenavon in a five-goal thriller to extend their lead to six points. Sean O'Neill was the Crues hero after he denied Josh Daniels from the spot in stoppage-time. Paul Heatley netted a wonder goal in a hugely engrossing encounter on the Shore Road.

    There was late drama at Windsor Park, too, as Kirk Millar struck in the 87th-minute to give Linfield a huge derby win over Glentoran.

    In the day's other derby, nine-man Coleraine held on to secure a point against Ballymena United and remain both unbeaten and in second place.

    But the Sky Blues have slipped to fourth after Cliftonville moved above them courtesy of a resounding 4-0 win over Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.

    There was a big win for Carrick Rangers as Stewart Nixon's hat-trick lifted Niall Currie's men to a 3-0 win over bottom-placed Warrenpoint Town.

    Larne played some spectacular football as they eased past Institute 4-1 in the day's 14:00 BST kick-off after the north west side confirmed Sean Connor as their new manager.

    So, there you have it: six games, 20 goals, red cards, penalties and drama everywhere you look. That was the Irish Premiership at its best.

    Join us for more of the same madness next week, with your five-game programme looking like this:

    • Coleraine v Crusaders
    • Glentoran v Warrenpoint Town
    • Cliftonville v Institute
    • Glenavon v Ballymena United
    • Larne v Dungannon Swifts
    Crusaders 'keeper Sean O'Neill celebrates after saving John Daniels' penalty
    Image caption: Crusaders 'keeper Sean O'Neill celebrates after saving John Daniels' penalty
  2. The players showed real leadership - McLaughlin

    Dungannon 0-4 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: That's about as close as you'll get to a perfect performance - we were very good throughout. We kept a clean sheet and scored four goals so we're delighted. we showed great leadership qualities right across the pitch. We had leaders in defence, in the middle and up top. The first goal gave us a lift before the second half. It's great to see Garry Breen score - he's been superb for us and he's a great leader for us, so it was good for him to get a goal. We knew that we'd keep scoring if we played on the front foot so to do that and keep a clean sheet adds up to a good day at the office. from Paddy McLaughlin Cliftonville manager
    Paddy McLaughlinCliftonville manager
  3. Stop it!

    Crusaders 3-2 Glenavon

    That feeling when you watch your overhead kick wonder goal.

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    Video caption: Paul Heatley and Sean O'Neill watch the forward's wonder goal
  4. We need to make teams work harder - Lindsay

    Dungannon 0-4 Cliftonville

    Quote Message: I think we conceded poor goals at poor times. We're not making teams work hard enough to score against us and we're not having joy at the other end. At times, when we're not on top in games, we're not making the opposition work hard enough. It's the harsh reality but we need to learn from it quickly. If we're looking for positives, we were well in the game in the first-half here so we need to take those positives forward and work on the issues to make sure that teams are having to work harder. from Kris Lindsay Dungannon Swifts manager
    Kris LindsayDungannon Swifts manager
  5. Hamilton 'at an all-time low'

    Crusaders 3-2 Glenavon

    Quote Message: I'm at an all-time low in terms of how I've felt after a game of football. We work so hard but we can't control what the man in the middle of the pitch does and the decisions he makes. Anyone watching that match today will know that he made massive mistakes - the penalty that won them the game was not a penalty. Nobody can tell me Crusaders were better than us today. from Gary Hamilton Glenavon manager
    Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager
  6. 'We have to keep believing' - McDonnell

    Warrenpoint Town 0-3 Carrick Rangers

    Quote Message: We're extremely disappointed. It's just not falling for us at the moment. We have got to get our house in order. We can't be worried about what other teams are doing. We'll get a crack of luck somewhere along the way. We just have to keep believing in the process and roll on to next week. from Stephen McDonnell Warrenpoint Town manager
    Stephen McDonnellWarrenpoint Town manager
  7. Jeffrey rues 'missed opportunity'

    Ballymena Utd 1-1 Coleraine

    Quote Message: We tried to make the pitch big and stretch Coleraine. We had three gilt-edged chances and if we took one of those we win the game. But we have to balance it up and say Ross Glendinning made two phenomenal saves but it's a missed opportunity. Today we should have won when they went down to 10 men but you have to give credit to Coleraine who defended as if their lives depended on it. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United manager
    David JeffreyBallymena United manager
  8. Bottom six

    Irish Premiership - Bottom 6
    Image caption: Irish Premiership - Bottom 6
  9. Healy enjoyed that one!

    Linfield 1-0 Glentoran

    Kirk Millar celebrates his goal
  10. Kearney happy with point

    Ballymena Utd 1-1 Coleraine

    Quote Message: I think when you go down to 10 men with 10 minutes to go in the first half, even though you are ahead, you know you are going to be in for a tough day. The second half performance we put in was fantastic and well worthy of a point at least. There were something like 10 or 12 yellow cards in the game and I appreciate it's a 'derby' and I appreciate it has to try to be managed properly but with some of the challenges there a massive scale in what equates a yellow card. 'Skinner' (Eoin Bradley) had a brilliant opportunity to put us 2-1 up with 15 minutes to go but we didn't take it so we have hurt ourselves in that way but when you go down to 10 men at that stage you have to be happy with a point. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
  11. I had a word with Daniels before the penalty - O'Neill

    Crusaders 3-2 Glenavon

    Quote Message: I had a few words with Josh Daniels before his penalty in the last minute. I just reminded him that Andy Mitchell had scored their earlier penalty and that there was a lot of pressure on him to score - and that he could lose the match for his side if he missed. Saying that sort of thing is part and parcel of the game. from Sean O'Neill Crusaders goalkeeper
    Sean O'NeillCrusaders goalkeeper
  12. Currie 'over the moon' after Carrick win

    Warrenpoint Town 0-3 Carrick Rangers

    Quote Message: I'm over the moon with the result. Warrenpoint is always a difficult place to come. We started the game really well and thoroughly deserved our 2-0 lead. Once they got the player sent off, we had a 10-minute period where we got a bit loose and they had a couple of good opportunities. But we had a good discussion at half-time and used the extra man well in the second half down the flanks. It's been a wonderful day. We've over the moon not to be bottom. from Niall Currie Carrick Rangers manager
    Niall CurrieCarrick Rangers manager
  13. McDermott takes the positives

    Linfield 1-0 Glentoran

    Quote Message: We knew it would be a tense match and end-to-end stuff. We have to give credit to Linfield, but I thought our players did really well. The margins are tiny, if Robbie McDaid's header goes in then it is a different game. Everyone is a disappointed but we're satisfied with how we performed. Both sides would have settled for a draw in the last five minutes. We're still trying to gel so there are positives today. We have a settled squad and they're starting to play well now, plus I think we've the best two full-backs in the league in Conor Pepper and Marcus Kane. We're happy with where we are but we need to keep improving. from Mick McDermott Glentoran manager
    Mick McDermottGlentoran manager
  14. Here's how the top six is looking

    Irish Premiership - Top 6
    Image caption: Irish Premiership - Top 6
  15. The right team won?

    Linfield 1-0 Glentoran

    Quote Message: We had to be patient today but I thought the best team won. People might disagree, but we had the best spells in the game and we took our chances. We dug in and got our goal, so I'm happy with that and the clean sheet too. I said during the week how important 'big two' games are. Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the moment but I don't think that happened today. We had to work hard, and to be fair to Glentoran they kept going and pushed us. Thankfully we got the goal at the crucial time. from David Healy Linfield manager
    David HealyLinfield manager
  16. Late drama at Seaview!

    Crusaders 3-2 Glenavon

    Sean O'Neill saves a last-minute penalty from Josh Daniels

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    Video caption: Sean O'Neill saves a last-minute penalty from Josh Daniels
  17. Friel fails to grab the winner

    Ballymena Utd 1-1 Coleraine

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    Video caption: Cathair Friel comes within a whisker of winning it for Ballymena United.
  18. FULL-TIME

    Warrenpoint Town 0-3 Carrick Rangers

    Carrick Rangers move above Glenavon into ninth place in the table after Stewart Nixon's hat-trick earns them a 3-0 win over bottom-placed Warrenpoint.

    Point had their chances throughout the contest but awful defending once again did for them - started by Evan White's back pass which gifted Nixon his opener on 17. Nixon struck his second two minutes later before completing his hat-trick with a second-half penalty.

    Warrenpoint's stats now read: six games; six defeats; one goal scored; 24 conceded.

  19. FULL-TIME

    Ballymena Utd 1-1 Coleraine

    Coleraine will certainly be the happier here after collecting a point despite finishing with just nine men after the dismissals of Stephen O'Donnell and Adam Mullan.

    Ballymena will feel this is a chance missed after playing with a numerical advantage for a long time, even before the late red card for Mullan.

  20. Scenes at Windsor Park!

    Linfield 1-0 Glentoran

    Kirk Millar won it for the Blues, but what about that work by Bastien Hery in the build-up!

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    Video caption: Linfield win it late on with Millar's deflected effort