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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 3 March 2020 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 1359

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Crusaders home-team
0 FT 0
away-team Cliftonville
football
Paul McElroy and Aaron Donnelly contest a header ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

SCORELESS STALEMATE AT SEAVIEW

There were no goals at Seaview as both Crusaders and Cliftonville lost further ground in the title race.

With both sides trailing leaders Linfield by 11 points ahead of kick-off this was the chance for one of them to close that gap back to single figures, but the draw that was produced failed to benefit either side of the north Belfast rivalry.

After a quiet opening 20 minutes the Reds did have the ball in the net through Joe Gormley but this was ruled out offside.

But that failed to spark life into proceedings although there was a brief flurry of excitement in the latter stages of the first half.

Cliftonville keeper Richard Brush was called into action to dive to his right to get his fingertips to Chris Hegarty's volley from a Paul Heatley free-kick.

And Brush produced another save a few minutes after that to thwart Paul McElroy after he had done well to get past Chris Curran from Rory Hale's pass.

After the break Jordan Owens came closest to breaking the deadlock when he connected with a Michael Ruddy cross to head against the outside of the left post.

At the other end Gormley had a chance for the Reds when, from a long Jamie Harney pass, he took a touch to control the ball before slicing it wide of the right post.

There was one last chance in the game, this time for the Crues, when Hegarty nodded wide from a Heatley free-kick.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Hegarty, Lowry, Hale, Caddell, Ruddy, Owens, Brown, Heatley, McElroy subs Shields (not used), McGonigle (replaced McElroy 82), Cushley (not used), O'Rourke (not used), Thompson (not used), McGinley (not used), Dummigan (replaced Burns 72)

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Breen, Harney, C. Curran, R. Curran, McCrudden, Doherty, Gormley, McMenamin, Donnelly subs Dunne (not used), Foster (not used), Bagnall (not used), Maguire (replaced McCrudden 87), Casey (not used), Rocks (replaced C. Curran 80), McCurry (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   0 - 0 Cliftonville
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Harney

    Cliftonville

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael McCrudden

    Cliftonville

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Maguire

    Cliftonville

    87'
  •  Yellow Card

    Rory Hale

    Crusaders

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Odhran Casey

    Cliftonville

    80'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Hegarty

    Crusaders

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Dummigan

    Unregistered Players

    72'
  •  Yellow Card

    Garry Breen

    Cliftonville

    63'

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns red substitution 72'
  • Chris Hegarty 77'
  • Philip Lowry
  • Rory Hale 85'
  • Declan Caddell
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Jordan Owens
  • Rodney Brown
  • Paul Heatley
  • Paul McElroy red substitution 82'

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Jamie McGonigle green substitution 82'
  • David Cushley
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Gary Thompson
  • Reece McGinley
  • Cameron Dummigan green substitution 72'

Cliftonville

  • Richard Brush
  • Conor McDermott
  • Garry Breen 63'
  • Jamie Harney 87'
  • Chris Curran red substitution 80'
  • Ryan Curran
  • Michael McCrudden red substitution 87'
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley
  • Conor McMenamin
  • Aaron Donnelly

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Seanan Foster
  • Liam Bagnall
  • Thomas Maguire green substitution 87'
  • Odhran Casey green substitution 80'
  • Donal Rocks
  • Calvin McCurry

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