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Match Centre

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

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 457

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 (not used), Larkin (not used), Lavery (replaced Nasseri 70), Clarke (not used), Kearns (not used), Fallon (replaced Stewart 62), McGivern (replaced Hery 70)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Hegarty, Lowry, Kennedy, McGonigle, Forsythe, Ruddy, Brown, Thompson, Heatley, Clarke subs Doherty (not used), Hale (not used), Cushley (replaced Heatley 79), Caddell (not used), O'Rourke (not used), Lecky (replaced Clarke 65), Owens (replaced Kennedy 57)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 1 Crusaders
  • GOAL

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    87'
  • GOAL

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Linfield

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan McGivern

    Linfield

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    57'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    57'
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    45'
  •  Yellow Card

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    42'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    40'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Andrew Waterworth 40'
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 62'
  • Kirk Millar
  • Navid Nasseri red substitution 70'
  • Kyle McClean
  • Bastien Hery red substitution 70'
  • Conor Pepper
  • Niall Quinn 84'

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Ross Larkin
  • Shayne Lavery green substitution 70'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Stephen Fallon green substitution 62'
  • Ryan McGivern green substitution 70'

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Philip Lowry 42'
  • Ben Kennedy red substitution 57'
  • Jamie McGonigle
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Rodney Brown
  • Gary Thompson
  • Paul Heatley 45' red substitution 79'
  • Ross Clarke red substitution 65'

Substitutes

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Rory Hale
  • David Cushley green substitution 79'
  • Declan Caddell
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Adam Lecky green substitution 65' 87'
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 57'

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