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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 10 April 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Ian McNabb

Crusaders home-team
2 FT 2
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Jordan Forsythe 29'
  •   Philip Lowry 88'
  •   Ryan Curran 55'
  •   Michael McCrudden 67'
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Chris Curran and Jarlath O'Rourke tussle for possession ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

FOUR GOALS BUT NO WINNERS IN THE NORTH BELFAST DERBY

Crusaders and Cliftonville shared the spoils from a four-goal North Belfast derby at Seaview.
 
Cliftonville started brightly, creating the first effort of note after five minutes when Michael McCrudden drew a low save from Sean O'Neill while, a few minutes later, Aaron Donnelly clipped the top of the bar with a free-kick.
 
The Crues might have edged in front midway through the first half when Paul Heatley broke through but Aaron McCarey rushed out quickly to deal with the threat.
 
However, the home side did take the lead just a few minutes later when, from a Jarlath O'Rourke corner, Jordan Forsythe rose highest to nod home at the near post.
 
Cliftonville levelled on 55 minutes. McCrudden created the opening with a well delivered cross from the right which Ryan Curran rose highest to meet and direct the ball from close range.
 
And McCrudden brought his personal goal tally to six in three games on 67 minutes to give the visitors the lead with a volley below O'Neill after getting on the end of a long punt forward.
 
Rory Hale came close to adding a third for Cliftonville after lifting the ball over O'Neill but he was denied by a goalline clearance from Billy Joe Burns.
 
It proved to be a vital stop when, with two minutes remaining, Burns knocked the ball on for Philip Lowry to backheel the equaliser into the net.
 
Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Wilson, Lowry, McGonigle, Caddell, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Lecky, Heatley, Clarke subs Tuffey (not used), Weir (not used), Cushley (replaced Clarke 70), Ruddy (not used), Brown (replaced Heatley 80), Thompson (replaced Caddell 70), Larmour (not used)
 
Cliftonville: McCarey, O'Reilly, Harney, C. Curran, O'Connor, R. Curran, McCrudden, Donnelly, Bagnall, Hale, Lowe subs Dunne (not used), G. Breen (not used), Doherty (not used), O'Neill (replaced McCrudden 82), Casey (not used), Kearns (replaced O'Connor 88), Coffey (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   2 - 2 Cliftonville
  • GOAL

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daire O'Connor

    Cliftonville

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Cliftonville

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael McCrudden

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rodney Brown

    Crusaders

    80'
  •  Yellow Card

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    70'
  • GOAL

    Michael McCrudden

    Cliftonville

    67'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    55'
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    49'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    45'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    29'

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Jordan Forsythe 29'
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Philip Lowry 88'
  • Jamie McGonigle
  • Declan Caddell 45' red substitution 70'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Adam Lecky
  • Paul Heatley 49' red substitution 80'
  • Ross Clarke red substitution 70'

Substitutes

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Robbie Weir
  • David Cushley 77' green substitution 70'
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Rodney Brown green substitution 80'
  • Gary Thompson green substitution 70'
  • Daniel Larmour

Cliftonville

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Ryan O'Reilly
  • Jamie Harney
  • Chris Curran
  • Daire O'Connor red substitution 88'
  • Ryan Curran 55'
  • Michael McCrudden red substitution 82' 67'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Liam Bagnall
  • Rory Hale
  • Kris Lowe

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Garry Breen
  • Odhran Casey
  • Daniel Kearns green substitution 88'
  • Barry Coffey
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Paul O'Neill green substitution 82'

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