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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 24 August 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 1782

Referee: Tim Marshall

Crusaders home-team
2 FT 2
away-team Larne
  •   Philip Lowry 15'
  •   David Cushley 78'
  •   Sean Graham 46'
  •   Jonathan McMurray 45+1'
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Chris Hegarty and Davy McDaid contest a header ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

SEAVIEW CRACKER PRODUCES FOUR GOALS

Crusaders stay top of the table despite losing their 100% record following this entertaining encounter with Larne at Seaview.

The Crues almost raced into the lead inside the first minute after a ball from Billy Joe Burns was met at the back post by Jordan Owens, but he couldn't keep his header down and on target.

Philip Lowry then went close after four minutes but, again, the shot went over while another effort soon after was gratefully gathered by Larne keeper Conor Devlin.

It was perhaps no surprise, then, when Lowry went one better after a quarter-of-an-hour when he forced the ball home at the back post after Burns had knocked on Paul Heatley's corner.

Larne squandered a great opportunity to level just before the half-hour. Lowry conceded a spot-kick following a challenge on Mark Randall but Davy McDaid stepped up to send the penalty against the base of an upright despite sending Sean O'Neill the wrong way.

But the visitors did find the net with two goals either side of the interval.

In first half stoppage time Johnny McMurray pounced on a defensive error from Colin Coates to control his volley and confidently fire the equaliser past O'Neill.

Then, on 47 minutes, Sean Graham fired Tiernan Lynch's side in front after collecting possession wide of the left and cutting in to curl an effort beyond O'Neill into the top right corner.

Both sides had their moments after this but, on 78 minutes, substitute David Cushley levelled for the Crues just three minutes after taking the field with a tremendous trademark 25-yard drive that seemed to swerve in flight on it's way past Devlin despite the Larne keeper getting a touch on the ball.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Hegarty, Coates, Lowry, Ward, Hale, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Owens, Heatley subs Beverland (not used), Cushley (replaced Owens 74), Caddell (replaced Hale 74), Ruddy (not used), Thompson (not used), Clarke (replaced Coates 63), Doherty (not used)

Larne: Devlin, Kelly, Watson, McEleney, Sule, Randall, McDaid, Graham, Cosgrove, Hughes, McMurray subs Mitchell (not used), Ramsey (not used), Stewart (replaced McMurray 80), Donnelly (not used), Tilney (replaced Graham 83), Lynch (replaced McDaid 71), Hassin (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   2 - 2 Larne
  •  Yellow Card

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    90+3'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan McMurray

    Larne

    45+1'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Tilney

    Portadown

    83'
  •  Yellow Card

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Larne

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Stewart

    Annagh United

    80'
  • GOAL

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Larne

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Larne

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Colin Coates

    Glenavon

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    63'
  •  Yellow Card

    Fuad Sule

    Larne

    61'
  •  Yellow Card

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    59'
  • GOAL

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    25'
  • GOAL

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    15'
  •  Yellow Card

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    5'

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Colin Coates red substitution 63'
  • Philip Lowry 90+3' 15'
  • Sean Ward
  • Rory Hale 5' red substitution 74'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Jordan Owens red substitution 74'
  • Paul Heatley

Substitutes

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Howard Beverland
  • David Cushley 81' green substitution 74' 78'
  • Declan Caddell green substitution 74'
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Gary Thompson
  • Ross Clarke green substitution 63'

Larne

  • Conor Devlin
  • Graham Kelly
  • Albert Watson
  • Shane McEleney
  • Fuad Sule 61'
  • Mark Randall 25'
  • David McDaid red substitution 71'
  • Sean Graham 59' red substitution 83' 46'
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Jeff Hughes
  • Jonathan McMurray red substitution 80' 45+1'

Substitutes

  • Conor Mitchell
  • Chris Ramsey
  • Thomas Stewart green substitution 80'
  • Martin Donnelly
  • Ben Tilney green substitution 83'
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 71'
  • Liam Hassin

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