Ex-Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly is suspended by Gillingham two days before the League One club's most crucial game of the season.
Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll agrees a contract for a second season at Linfield.
Donegal Celtic midfielder Ryan Henderson signs a pre-contract agreement with Linfield while Stephen McAlorum will join Glentoran.
David Rainey scores both goals as Crusaders beat Sligo Rovers 2-0 at Seaview in the Setanta Cup semi-final first leg.
Crusaders host Sligo Rovers while Derry City travel to holders Shamrock Rovers in the first leg.
Linfield book their place in the Irish Cup final by thumping Newry City in a one-sided semi-final at the Oval.
Glentoran secure their first win in eight games by beating Portadown at Shamrock Park.
Michael Halliday scores a late goal to salvage a point for Crusaders in the north Belfast derby.