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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 17 August 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 1376

Referee: Steven Gregg

Cliftonville home-team
0 FT 2
away-team Crusaders
  •   Jordan Owens 47'
  •   Paul Heatley 73'
football
Jordan Owens and Chris Curran in action ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

CRUES MARCH ON WITH SOLITUDE VICTORY

Crusaders maintained their perfect start to the season and moved to the top of the table with a two-goal derby defeat of Cliftonville at Solitude.

The first half was largely bereft of clear cut scoring opportunities with the first real chance not arriving until 21 minutes when Jordan Owens connected with a Jordan Forsythe throw-in to force a corner from Reds keeper Richard Brush while Philip Lowry could only send the subsequent set piece wide.

At the other end Rory Donnelly perhaps came closest with a curling effort dipping just over the bar after Joe Gormley had laid the ball off.

The deadlock was broken just three minutes into the second half thanks to Owens' close range header after Richard Clarke's cross had led to a scramble in the Cliftonville area.

Cliftonville might have levelled on 55 minutes after Conor McDermott worked into the box before finding Ryan Curran who had two efforts blocked followed by Gormley turning a shot wide from.

The Crues had an opportunity to double their lead just before the hour. Paul Heatley found himself through one-on-one with Brush but the home keeper did well to race out to clear the danger.

But what proved to be Crusaders' insurance goal came on 73 minutes when Heatley went one better with a clinical finish into the far corner after Rory Hale found him with an inch perfect pass.

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Ives, Breen, Harkin, R. Curran, R. Donnelly, Bagnall, Gormley, Doherty, Gorman subs Dunne (not used), C. Curran (replaced Harkin 54), Foster (not used), Wilson (not used), Maguire (replaced Bagnall 74), A. Donnelly (not used), Rocks (not used)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Hegarty, Coates, Lowry, Hale, Forsythe, Ruddy, Owens, Heatley, Clarke subs G. Doherty (not used), Beverland (not used), Ward (not used), McGonigle (replaced Owens 80), Caddell (replaced Hale 80), O'Rourke (not used), Thompson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   0 - 2 Crusaders
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Crusaders

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Liam Bagnall

    Cliftonville

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Maguire

    Cliftonville

    74'
  • GOAL

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    73'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Harkin

    Cliftonville

    54'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    54'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ruaidhrí Donnelly

    Glentoran

    53'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Harkin

    Cliftonville

    52'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    47'
  •  Yellow Card

    Colin Coates

    Glenavon

    38'

Cliftonville

  • Richard Brush
  • Garry Breen
  • Conor McDermott
  • Levi Ives
  • Aaron Harkin 52' red substitution 54'
  • Ryan Curran
  • Ruaidhrí Donnelly 53'
  • Liam Bagnall red substitution 74'
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley
  • Joe Gorman

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Chris Curran 65' green substitution 54'
  • Seanan Foster
  • Ronan Wilson
  • Thomas Maguire green substitution 74'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Donal Rocks

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Colin Coates 38'
  • Philip Lowry
  • Rory Hale red substitution 80'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Jordan Owens red substitution 80' 47'
  • Paul Heatley 73'
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutes

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Howard Beverland
  • Sean Ward
  • Declan Caddell green substitution 80'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Gary Thompson
  • Jamie McGonigle green substitution 80'

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