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Ballymena and Linfield through to League Cup final after narrow semi successes

The Premiership's current top two sides will do battle in the Bet McLean League Cup final.

Ballymena United went through with a big win at Seaview and they were soon joined by Linfield, who netted in extra-time to make the decider.

Here's all you need to know about tonight's games and live updates from Stangmore:

Crusaders 0-1 Ballymena United

Ballymena are in to their fourth League Cup final in five seasons after a battling victory at Seaview.

Both sides enjoyed periods of possession but it was the league leaders who provided the touch of pure class when it was required.

The goal came from the move of the match on 68 minutes. Impressive Ballymena centre-back Kofi Balmer pinged an inch-perfect pass out to Jude Winchester on the left flank and he did well to cut back past two defenders into space. When the cross swung towards Cathair Friel, the centre-forward made sure there would only be one winner, forcing the ball to Leroy Millar to slam home the finish.

Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Linfield (AET)

Linfield scored the winner at the start of extra-time, Andy Waterworth netting his 19th of the season after Kirk Millar's shot was saved.

Tyrone GAA stopper Niall Morgan, making a comeback for his former side due to the unavailability of the Swifts' two stoppers, kept the hosts level by saving the best chance of the 90 minutes.

After Joel Cooper went close with two warning shots, that man Waterworth looked set to open the scoring from close range but saw his effort somehow stopped by Morgan.

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