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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 30 October 2020 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Referee: Ian McNabb

Linfield home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Crusaders
  •   Andrew Waterworth 40' (pen)
  •   Niall Quinn 84'
  •   Adam Lecky 87'
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Niall Quinn celebrates scoring Linfield's second ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

PERFECT BLUES KEEP RUN GOING

Linfield held onto their 100% record at the start of the new Danske Bank Premiership campaign with victory over Crusaders in the Friday night game at Windsor Park.
 
The Blues got off to the better start, threatening early on when Andy Waterworth headed over from Connor Pepper's cross while Jimmy Callacher nodded a Kirk Millar free-kick wide at the far post.
 
Crusaders did start to craft a few half chances as the game progressed but Linfield continually looked the more likely to find a way through, a prime example being Mark Haughey's header from a corner which flew wide of the target.
 
The deadlock was finally broken five minutes before the break. Michael Ruddy was adjudged to have fouled Pepper inside the area and, from the spot-kick that followed, Waterworth duly stepped up to confidently finish past Sean O'Neill.
 
Moving into the second half Linfield remained dangerous with Haughey once again glancing wide while Navid Nasseri sliced an effort the wrong side of the goal.
 
It was almost 2-0 just after the hour when Niall Quinn's free-kick hit the outside of the post, followed by a Nasseri shot which O'Neill did well to rush out to block.
 
Chasing the game, the Crues came close through Jamie McGonigle but his strike was kept out by Chris Johns. Substitute David Cushley, only the pitch a matter of moments, then had a go with a free-kick but again Johns was on hand to tip the danger over.
 
But Linfield seemingly put the game to bed with six minutes remaining after Quinn diverted a near post header past O'Neill from Millar's perfectly delivered cross.
 
However, the visitors hit back three minutes later to set up a nervy finish courtesy of Adam Lecky's downward header from Jordan Forsythe's cross ... and soon after Chris Hegarty met a McGonigle corner but he could only flash his header wide of the post.

Linfield: Johns, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Stewart, Millar, Nasseri, McClean, Hery, Pepper, Quinn subs Moore, Larkin, Lavery, Clarke, Kearns, Fallon, McGivern
 
Crusaders: O'Neill, Hegarty, Lowry, Kennedy, McGonigle, Forsythe, Ruddy, Brown, Thompson, Heatley, Clarke subs Doherty, Hale, Cushley, Caddell, O'Rourke, Lecky, Owens

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 1 Crusaders
  • GOAL

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    87'
  • GOAL

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    84'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    40'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Andrew Waterworth
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Kirk Millar
  • Navid Nasseri
  • Kyle McClean
  • Bastien Hery
  • Conor Pepper
  • Niall Quinn 84'

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Ross Larkin
  • Shayne Lavery
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Ryan McGivern

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Philip Lowry
  • Ben Kennedy
  • Jamie McGonigle
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Rodney Brown
  • Gary Thompson
  • Paul Heatley
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutes

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Rory Hale
  • David Cushley
  • Declan Caddell
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Adam Lecky 87'
  • Jordan Owens

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