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IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena United put dent in Crusaders title amibitions at the Showgrounds

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Linfield v Glenavon

10 of the best photos from last night's Irish League action

It was another dramatic night in the Irish League on Easter Tuesday as Crusaders preserved their lead at summit of the Danske Bank Premiership.
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Ballymena United's Kyle Owens in action with Cliftonville's Kym Nelson

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena United coast to home win over Cliftonville

BALLYMENA UNITED 4 CLIFTONVILLE 1

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David Jeffrey. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena pitch far from perfect for Jeffrey

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey has blasted the playing surface at the Showgrounds after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Linfield.

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Ballymena United's Leroy Millar and Linfield's Paul Smyth

IRISH LEAGUE: Linfield set for final title push after Ballymena win

Linfield boss David Healy knows Saturday’s 2-0 win over Ballymena United at the Showgrounds keeps his side in the race for the Danske Bank Premiership title.

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Linfield's Aaron Burns celebrates scoring against Crusaders during Saturdays Danske Bank Premiership game at the National Stadium, Belfast.

IRISH LEAGUE: If Linfield win the title, they could dominate again, warns Burns

Should Linfield wrestle the title from Crusaders’ grasp, it could be an ominous sign for the rest of the league.

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Glenavons Jordan Jenkins against Ballymena United

IRISH LEAGUE: Jordon Jenkins brace helps Glenavon see off Ballymena

GLENAVON 3 BALLYMENA UNITED 0

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Ballymena captain Jim Ervin. Photo by TONY HENDRON/Presseye.com.

IRISH LEAGUE: Ervin enjoying top six schedule

Ballymena United skipper Jim Ervin is looking forward to the ‘massive games’ that lie ahead in the coming weeks.

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Mon of the Match Steve Davis wraps his arms around Jamie Ward, who struck on two minutes to make it 1-0. 
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

OPINION: With our Captain Fantastic, anything is possible for Northern Ireland

As Portugal showed in France last summer, it doesn’t take a great deal of quality to succeed in international football.

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Ballymena United's Jim Ervin is gearing up for a real six-pointer at Solitude.

IRISH LEAGUE:Sky Blues skipper Jim Ervin looking for big finish to league campaign

Ballymena United skipper Jim Ervin is gearing himself up for a big finish to the season as the Sky Blues prepare to take on Cliftonville at Solitude on Saturday afternoon.

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Ballymena's Joe McKinney is tackled by Coleraine's Brad Lyons. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye

IRISH LEAGUE: Honours even between Ballymena and Coleraine

Ballymena United and Coleraine had to make do with a share of the spoils in a tense encounter at The Showgrounds.

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The post split fixtures for the Danske Bank Premiership have been announced.

IRISH LEAGUE: NIFL confirm post-split Premiership fixtures

The Northern Ireland Football League Premiership Management Committee has confirmed the post-split fixtures for the Danske Bank Premiership.

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Quiz: can you identify these European football clubs by their nicknames?

Nicknames are either funny, confusing or sometimes downright nonsensical. Football clubs are no different.

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Coleraine's Eoin Bradley celebrates after he scored the opener in his side's win over Coleraine

IN PICTURES: 10 of the best photos from Irish League matches at the weekend

It was another action packed weekend in the Irish League with wins for Ards, leaders Crusaders, Coleraine, Glenavon and Ballymena.
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Ballymena United  Michael Kerr  celebrates scoring against Portadown on Saturday

IRISH LEAGUE: Kerr aims to kick on after surprise debut goal

Ballymena United defender Michael Kerr had a debut to remember as his goal helped the Sky Blues to a 3-0 win against Portadown at the Showgrounds.

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Ballymena United's Johnny McMurray  and Portadown's  Jordan Lyttle

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena United hit three past Portadown at the Showgrounds

Ballymena United 3 Portadown 0

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David Jeffrey

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey wary of wounded Portadown

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey is sure Portadown will come to the Showgrounds on Saturday with a point to prove in the Danske Bank Premiership.

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BT Sport have bought the rights to show live Champions League games.

No more Champions League on terrestrial TV following £1.2bn BT deal

The Champions League is set to vanish from terrestrial TV following BT Sport’s £1.2bn deal for the rights to show Europe’s top football competition.

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Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena boss salutes Sky Blues support

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey hailed the Sky Blues faithful after Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Coleraine in the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup at the Showgrounds.

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Ballymena United  manager David Jeffrey  and Coleraine manager Oran Kearney

IRISH CUP: Sky Blues boss David Jeffrey gutted as rivals Coleraine march on

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey was brutally honest after watching his side’s 4-0 Irish Cup defeat to Coleraine on Saturday.

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