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Live Reporting

Mark Sterling and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. Big weekend for Blues

    Linfield take decisive stranglehold on title race

    Was this the weekend when the pendulum in the Irish Premiership title race swung very firmly in Linfield's direction?

    The defending champions laid down a significant marker on Friday night when they swept aside title rivals Crusaders and then watched on today as fellow challengers Glentoran dropped two points in a 2-2 draw at Glenavon.

    Coleraine leap-frog the Glens into second after a stylish 4-0 win at Institute and with a game in hand, are Oran Kearney's men the most likely challengers to Linfield?

    Elsewhere today, Ballymena United claimed their first league point on 2020 with a 1-1 draw at Cliftonville; Dungannon Swifts eased their relegation fears with a 2-1 win at Carrick; while a late Larne penalty denied Warrenpoint Town a precious point in their battle for survival.

    The focus switches to the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup next weekend, with live coverage of the Larne v Coleraine clash on Friday night and we'll have the other three ties covered on Saturday.

    Join us for those but until then, it's bye for now.

  2. Point gameplan almost paid dividends

    Larne 1-0 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: We came with a gameplan today which probably wasn't the nicest on the eye but we gave Larne full respect. They are a side who are really well organised so we were styled very differently to recent weeks and it worked. It frustrated Larne for a huge patch of the game and to concede a late penalty is obviously very disappointing for everyone. We need to focus on a good defensive display and the fact we did well in difficult conditions, especially in the first half. We were lazy and lethargic for the penalty but the players deserve huge credit for the shift they put in. from Barry Gray Warrenpoint Town manager
    Barry GrayWarrenpoint Town manager
  3. 'A professional performance' - Lynch

    Larne 1-0 Warrenpoint Town

    Quote Message: I thought it was a very professional performance by my players. They stuck to their task right to the end, kept knocking on the door. We had three efforts ruled out for infringements or offside so fair play and all credit to the boys - they really kept going. from Tiernan Lynch Larne manager
    Tiernan LynchLarne manager
  4. We let our supporters down today - Currie

    Carrick Rangers 1-2 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: I'm extremely disappointed in a lot of things and we have to ask ourselves some questions after today. I thought we dominated them once we got the penalty, but it was too little, too late. We've got to get our mindset right, we had enough chances in that game and we failed to take them at important times. I've done nothing but praise the boys all season, but some of the performances weren't good enough today. It's as simple as that. from Niall Currie Carrick Rangers manager
    Niall CurrieCarrick Rangers manager
  5. We need consistency - Hamilton

    Glenavon 2-2 Glentoran

    Quote Message: I've told the players we need to see consistency from now until the end of the season. We beat Crusaders in our last match and had to follow that up with another good result - thankfully we have done that. The players that we have added to the squad are winners and you could see that today. It would have been an injustice if Glentoran had scored their penalty and won the game. from Gary Hamilton Glenavon manager
    Gary HamiltonGlenavon manager
  6. Jeffrey pleased to end 'horrible run'

    Cliftonville 1-1 Ballymena Utd

    Quote Message: Before today we were on a horrible run. Despite our best efforts, nothing seemed to be going our way so the message to the players was 'let's make sure we're not beaten today, let's make sure we go away with at least a point'. Over the piece, we created chances and probably could have gone away with all three points but in saying that, you have to point to a great save from Ross Glendinning so at the heels of the hunt, we got what we needed, not to be beaten. I'm very proud of the players who gave everything today, as they have been doing, and I'm pleased that we're able to draw a line under that line of defeats. from David Jeffrey Ballymena United manager
    David JeffreyBallymena United manager
  7. 'We made life difficult for ourselves' - Lindsay

    Carrick Rangers 1-2 Dungannon Swifts

    Quote Message: I thought we really deserved the victory and we could have went in at half time more than 1-0 up. We made things really hard on ourselves after the red card and the second goal. But at the end of the day, with the conditions and with where we are at in the season, the most important thing today is the three points. from Kris Lindsay Dungannon Swifts manager
    Kris LindsayDungannon Swifts manager
  8. Nasseri should not have taken the penalty - Millar

    Glenavon 2-2 Glentoran

    Quote Message: Navid Nasseri would not have taken the penalty [which Jonny Tuffey saved] if he had not scored that second goal - and I don't think he should have taken it. I'm not sure if he wanted to get a hat-trick, but it was a poor penalty and I could have saved it. We're really disappointed as we know it makes it that bit more difficult now to catch Linfield. from Paul Millar Glentoran coach
    Paul MillarGlentoran coach

    Larne 1-0 Warrenpoint Town

    Andrew Mitchell's 85th-minute penalty makes it nine wins from 10 league games for in-form Larne, who remain sixth, now just two points behind Crusaders and Cliftonville.

    Tiernan Lynch's men had to battle for the three points but they were deserved winners over a Warrenpoint side who sit 11th, two points better off than Institute.

  10. Handy Andy

    Larne 1-0 Warrenpoint Town

    Andrew Mitchell makes no mistake from the penalty spot to score for Larne with five minutes left.

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    Video caption: Andrew Mitchell scores a penalty for Larne
  11. GOAL

    Larne 1-0 Warrenpoint Town

    Larne take the lead with five minutes remaining as substitute Andrew Mitchell scores from the penalty spot after Martin Donnelly was upended inside the area.

    Mitchell fired into the top corner past Gabriel Sava for his first goal for his new club since joining from Linfield in January.

    It's been a mediocre game but you couldn't say Larne don't deserve to be ahead given their superiority in terms of possession and chances.

  12. How did this go in?

    Glenavon 2-2 Glentoran

    This was how Aaron Harmon made it two-all.

    Not one that Glens keeper Marijan Antolovic will be rushing to see again.

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    Video caption: Harmon levels for Glenavon

    Carrick Rangers 1-2 Dungannon Swifts

    Rhyss Campbell's goal is the difference as Dungannon Swifts collect their first win in three games.

    How costly was Chris Rodgers' red card one minute into the second half for Carrick? The Swifts won't be complaining, with Kris Lindsay's men moving eight points clear of Warrenpoint Town in 11th as a result.


    Cliftonville 1-1 Ballymena Utd

    Cliftonville lose further ground on the title-chasing teams as they are held to a draw but Ballymena will be pleased to end a run of seven straight league defeats.


    Glenavon 2-2 Glentoran

    An entertaining games ends all-square at Mourneview, where Colin Coates made an impressive debut for Glenavon.

    Navid Nasseri's opener was cancelled out by a Daniel Purkis header but Nasseri regained the Glens' lead with superb footwork and finish after an excellent counter-attack.

    Aaron Harmon equalised for the hosts when his cross deceived keeper Narijan Antolobic and ended up in the corner.

    Nasseri missed a great chance to win it for the Glens when his penalty - after a Harmon handball - was well saved by Tuffey.

    It's now two points from nine for the Glens who are eight points behind leaders Linfield.

  16. CLOSE!

    Carrick Rangers 1-2 Dungannon Swifts

    Despite being a man down, Carrick are pressing for an equaliser. Kyle Cherry stings the palms of Sam Johnston from inside the area, who does well to keep the midfielder's effort out.

    Time is running out for the Taylor's Avenue side.

  17. Gormley levels for Reds

    Cliftonville 1-1 Ballymena United

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    Video caption: Joe Gormley equalises for Cliftonville with a well-taken volley.

    Cliftonville 1-1 Ballymena Utd

    Balymena break quickly from defending a corner and the ball is played wide to Steven McCullough who lets fly with a shot but Richard Brush springs to his left to palm the ball behind.

    Great work from both keepers in the last few minutes.


    Cliftonville 1-1 Ballymena Utd

    A neat Cliftonville build-up ends with Conor McMenamin curling a shot towards goal but Ross Glendinning acrobatically turns it over.