Match Centre

Premiership
Friday, February 21, 2020

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 3050

Referee: Keith Kennedy

Linfield home-team
4 FT 0
away-team Crusaders
  •   Jimmy Callacher 2' 64'
  •   Andrew Waterworth 50'
  •   Jordan Stewart
  •   Kirk Millar
  •   Stephen Fallon 90+3'
  •   Shayne Lavery
  •   Daniel Kearns
  •   Rory Currie
  •   Howard Beverland
  •   Philip Lowry
  •   Declan Caddell
  •   Jordan Owens
  •   Rodney Brown
  •   Cameron Dummigan
  •   Rory Hale
  •   Jordan Forsythe
  •   Reece McGinley
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Jimmy Callacher rises high to score Linfield third goal against Crusaders ©Presseye

BLUES ON SONG AS THEY EXTEND TITLE LEAD

Linfield laid down a marker to their Danske Bank Premiership title rivals in front of the BBC cameras, with a resounding victory over Crusaders on Friday evening.

It was reigning champions who stunned the visitors with the opening goal after just two minutes after Crusaders failed to clear a corner, Kirk Millar whipped the ball into Jimmy Callacher to head his side in front.

The early goal proved to be the high point of a feisty first half that was devoid of many clear cut chances in blustery conditions.

On 40 minutes, Rodney Brown produced Crusaders’ best chance of the half when he rose highest to Jordan Owen’s knock-down to power a header which was tipped over the crossbar by Rohan Ferguson to safety.

It was David Healy’s team that came out of the blocks quickly in the second, much like the first, as scintillating play from Cooper down the left flank teed up Waterworth who scuffed the first opportunity but slack defending from Crusaders allowed the striker to pounce on the loose ball the hammer into the top corner on 49 minutes.

Callacher scored his second of the game on 64 minutes when he rose highest to thunder home Millar’s corner and put Linfield 3-0 ahead.

Crusaders’ night was compounded when they were reduced to ten men with three minutes remaining as defender Howard Beverland was dismissed for a second yellow card after pulling back substitute Shayne Lavery.

Linfield capped off a stunning display with a fourth goal with the final play of the game, Joel Cooper threaded a superb pass to Stephen Fallon who coolly placed his shot past Gerard Doherty.

Linfield: Ferguson, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Cooper, Stewart, Millar, Fallon, Mulgrew, Quinn, Casement subs Moore (not used), Stafford (not used), Lavery (replaced Stewart 76), Clarke (not used), Kearns (replaced MIllar 84), Hery (not used), Currie (replaced Waterworth 88)

Crusaders: Doherty, Beverland, Lowry, McGonigle, Caddell, O’Rourke, Owens, Brown, Thompson, Heatley, Dummigan subs O’Neill (not used), Hegarty (not used), Hale (replaced Owens 76), Cushley (not used), Forsythe (replaced Lowry 46), McGinley (replaced Caddell 57), McElroy (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   4 - 0 Crusaders
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Currie

    Linfield

    88'
  •  Red Card

    Howard Beverland

    Crusaders

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Linfield

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Crusaders

    76'
  • GOAL

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    57'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    57'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Reece McGinley

    Crusaders

    57'
  • GOAL

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    50'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Rodney Brown

    Crusaders

    27'
  •  Yellow Card

    Cameron Dummigan

    Crusaders

    10'
  • GOAL

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    2'
  • GOAL

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    0'

Linfield

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher  2
  • Andrew Waterworth red subsititutions  88  50
  • Joel Cooper
  • Jordan Stewart red subsititutions  76
  • Kirk Millar 57 red subsititutions  84
  • Stephen Fallon  90+3
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Niall Quinn
  • Chris Casement

Substitutions

  • Alex Moore
  • Mark Stafford
  • Shayne Lavery green subsititutions  76
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Daniel Kearns green subsititutions  84
  • Bastien Hery
  • Rory Currie green subsititutions  88

Crusaders

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Howard Beverland 88
  • Philip Lowry red subsititutions  46
  • Jamie McGonigle
  • Declan Caddell red subsititutions  57
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Jordan Owens red subsititutions  76
  • Rodney Brown 27
  • Gary Thompson
  • Paul Heatley
  • Cameron Dummigan 10

Substitutions

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Rory Hale green subsititutions  76
  • David Cushley
  • Jordan Forsythe green subsititutions  46
  • Reece McGinley green subsititutions  57
  • Paul McElroy

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