Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 3350

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Linfield home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Crusaders
  •   Andrew Waterworth
  •   Joel Cooper 85'
  •   Jordan Stewart
  •   Matthew Clarke
  •   Chris Casement
  •   Mark Haughey
  •   Daniel Kearns
  •   Bastien Hery
  •   Billy Joe Burns
  •   Philip Lowry
  •   Jamie McGonigle
  •   Declan Caddell 8'
  •   Jordan Forsythe
  •   Paul Heatley
  •   David Cushley
  •   Reece McGinley
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Joel Cooper in action with Philip Lowry ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

COOPER'S LATE LEVELLER KEEPS BLUES ON TOP

Joel Cooper bagged a late equaliser to keep Linfield top of the table following this clash with Crusaders at Windsor Park.

The Crues moved in front as early as the eighth minute when Declan Caddell met a Philip Lowry cross to the back post to head past Rohan Ferguson.

Stephen Baxter's side might well have doubled their advantage midway through the first half when Ferguson twice denied Jamie McGonigle in quick succession while, for Linfield, Jordan Stewart and Shayne Lavery failed to make the most of a loose ball from a low Cooper effort.

Then, on 38 minutes, Cooper almost levelled only to smash the ball off the crossbar following the failure of the Crues defence to clear a Matthew Clarke corner.

Cooper came close again early in the second half but was denied by Gerard Doherty at the near post before, just after the hour, Stephen Fallon fired against the crossbar from just outside the area as Linfield pushed for the equaliser.

The Blues were then presented with a spot-kick with seven minutes remaining after Billy Joe Burns was adjudged to have handled a Clarke corner but Bastien Hery saw his penalty well saved by Doherty.

But, barely two minutes after that, Cooper earned a point for the league leaders with an exquisitely struck 25-yard drive which took a critical swerve as it swept past Doherty into the net.

Linfield: Ferguson, Robinson, Callacher, Waterworth, Cooper, Stewart, Lavery, Clarke, Fallon, Mulgrew, Casement subs Moore (not used), Haughey (replaced Casement 46), Shevlin (not used), Kearns (replaced Waterworth 46), Hery (replaced Stewart 71), McGivern (not used), Mitchell (not used)

Crusaders: Doherty, Burns, Hegarty, Lowry, McGonigle, Caddell, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Thompson, Heatley, Clarke subs O'Neill (not used), Cushley (replaced McGonigle 90+3), J. Owens (not used), K. Owens (not used), Ruddy (not used), McGinley (replaced Heatley 76), McElroy (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   1 - 1 Crusaders
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Reece McGinley

    Crusaders

    76'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    71'
  •  Yellow Card

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    71'
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    56'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Casement

    Linfield

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Haughey

    Linfield

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Linfield

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    39'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    29'
  • GOAL

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    8'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    0'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    0'

Linfield

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Joshua Robinson
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Andrew Waterworth red subsititutions  46
  • Joel Cooper 75  85
  • Jordan Stewart red subsititutions  71
  • Shayne Lavery
  • Matthew Clarke 39
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Chris Casement red subsititutions  46

Substitutions

  • Alex Moore
  • Mark Haughey green subsititutions  46
  • Matthew Shevlin
  • Daniel Kearns green subsititutions  46
  • Bastien Hery green subsititutions  71
  • Ryan McGivern
  • Andy Mitchell

Crusaders

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Billy Joe Burns 83
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Philip Lowry 71
  • Jamie McGonigle red subsititutions  90+3
  • Declan Caddell  8
  • Jordan Forsythe 29
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Gary Thompson
  • Paul Heatley 56 red subsititutions  76
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutions

  • Sean O'Neill
  • David Cushley green subsititutions  90+3
  • Kyle Owens
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Jordan Owens
  • Reece McGinley green subsititutions  76
  • Paul McElroy

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