SLIDESHOW: Danske Bank Premiership in pictures

Crusaders all but clinched their first Premiership title in 18 years with Saturday’s 1-0 win over Cliftonville.

The victory at Solitude – courtesy of Paul Heatley’s first-half goal – leaves the Crues nine points clear of Linfield with just three games remaining.

Crusaders defeated Cliftonville to put one hand on the Gibson Cup

Crusaders defeated Cliftonville to put one hand on the Gibson Cup

The Shore Road men boast a far superior goal difference – now standing at 27 – which leaves them virtually guaranteed of clinching the Gibson Cup.

Nearest rivals Linfield suffered a 2-0 defeat to Glenavon at the Ballymena Showgrounds, with goals from Kevin Braniff and Ciaran Martyn.

Meanwhile, Institute were relegated following their 2-1 defeat to Ballymena United at Drumahoe.

Warrenpoint Town – who drew 1-1 with Dungannon Swifts, will now face a play-off to determine their Premiership future.

Also on Saturday Ballinamallard United ensured their top-flight safety with a 2-1 win over Coleraine.

Elsewhere Glentoran and Portadown played out a dull scoreless draw at The Oval in what was a dress rehearsal for next month’s Irish Cup final at the same venue.