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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 19 March 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Crusaders home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Ross Clarke 16'
  •   Joel Cooper 53'
  •   Shayne Lavery 66'
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Linfield celebrate Joel Cooper's equaliser ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

LINFIELD FIGHT BACK TO CLAIM FRIDAY NIGHT POINTS

Second half goals from Joel Cooper and Shayne Lavery saw Linfield come from behind to defeat Crusaders at Seaview.
 
The Crues moved in front after 16 minutes following a quiet opening period when Ross Clarke found the top corner with a smashing left-foot effort past Chris Johns.
 
Linfield worked to get back into the game with a couple of chances around the half hour mark through Kirk Millar and Cooper.
 
But Crusaders almost doubled their advantage on 33 minutes when Clarke found Jordan Forsythe only for his header to fall just inches past an upright.
 
The Blues got back on level terms eight minutes into the second half. Niall Quinn found Cooper who, in turn, cut inside Aidan Wilson and Robbie Weir before drilling a low effort past Jonny Tuffey into the bottom corner.
 
And it was 2-1 to Linfield on 66 minutes after Lavery pounced at the back post after Millar's corner hadn't been cleared to hammer the ball home from close range, bringing his tally for the season to 19.
 
There was almost a third moments after that when Lavery slipped the ball off for Millar, via a Jordan Stewart dummy, but the shot was deflected wide.
 
Then, in the final few minutes, Lavery forced a scrambling save from Tuffey while, at the other end, Jamie McGonigle might have grabbed a home equaliser only to fire just wide from distance.
 
Crusaders: Tuffey, Wilson, Weir, Lowry, Caddell, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Lecky, Brown, Heatley, Clarke subs O'Neill (not used), McGonigle (replaced Clarke 74), Cushley (replaced Weir 60), Ruddy (not used), Owens (replaced Lecky 66), McGinley (not used), Larmour (not used)
 
Linfield: Johns, Stafford, Haughey, Callacher, Stewart, Millar, Lavery, Mulgrew, Quinn, Palmer, Cooper subs Moore (not used), Larkin (not used), Newberry (not used), Waterworth (replaced Stewart 77), Nasseri (replaced Cooper 81), Clarke (replaced Mulgrew 79), Pepper (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   1 - 2 Linfield
  •  Red Card

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    90+4'
  •  Yellow Card

    Shayne Lavery

    Unregistered Players

    90+4'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joel Cooper

    Unregistered Players

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Larne

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Glenavon

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Unregistered Players

    74'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Haughey

    Glenavon

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    66'
  • GOAL

    Shayne Lavery

    Unregistered Players

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Carrick Rangers

    60'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Unregistered Players

    53'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    49'
  • GOAL

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    16'
  •  Yellow Card

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    12'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Robbie Weir 12' red substitution 60'
  • Philip Lowry
  • Declan Caddell
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 90+4'
  • Adam Lecky red substitution 66'
  • Rodney Brown
  • Paul Heatley
  • Ross Clarke red substitution 74' 16'

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Jamie McGonigle green substitution 74'
  • David Cushley green substitution 60'
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 66'
  • Reece McGinley
  • Daniel Larmour

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Stafford
  • Mark Haughey 67'
  • Jimmy Callacher 49'
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 77'
  • Joel Cooper red substitution 81' 53'
  • Kirk Millar
  • Shayne Lavery 90+4' 66'
  • Jamie Mulgrew red substitution 79'
  • Niall Quinn
  • Cameron Palmer

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Ross Larkin
  • Michael Newberry
  • Andrew Waterworth green substitution 77'
  • Navid Nasseri green substitution 81'
  • Matthew Clarke green substitution 79'
  • Conor Pepper

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