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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 9 January 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Tim Marshall

Cliftonville home-team
2 FT 2
away-team Crusaders
  •   Rory Hale 42'
  •   Jamie McGonigle 4' (pen)
  •   Ben Kennedy 90+3'
football
Adam Lecky and Aaron Donnelly battle for possession ©PressEye

CRUES STAGE LATE, LATE SHOW AT SOLITUDE

Ben Kennedy struck in the 93rd minute to earn visitors Crusaders a share of the spoils from the North Belfast derby with Cliftonville at Solitude.
 
The Crues moved in front as early as the fourth minute. Cliftonville defender Jamie Harney was adjudged to have brought down Paul Heatley inside the box, and from the penalty that followed Jamie McGonigle stepped up to beat Aaron McCarey into the bottom right corner.
 
Cliftonville came close to an instant reply only for Chris Curran's near post volley to be blocked by Billy Joe Burns while, at the other end, McGonigle latched onto Rodney Brown's cross but could only fire over.
 
Crusaders continued to look strong with Philip Lowry having a shot on goal blocked before Heatley just failed to connect with a McGonigle ball across the face of goal.
 
The Reds might have levelled eight minutes from the break but Crues keeper Gerard Doherty did well to palm Ronan Doherty's volley away.
 
However, Paddy McLaughlin's side did equalise on 42 minutes through Rory Hale who, playing against his former club for the first time, pounced to knock home the follow up after Conor McMenamin's initial effort had been well saved by Doherty.
 
Cliftonville started the second half on the front foot, forcing Doherty to save from McMenamin followed quickly by a Chris Curran drive over the bar.
 
Then, on 49 minutes, the Reds moved into the lead after Doherty's quickly taken free-kick was sent over by Conor McDermott but, in an attempt to clear the danger, Crues defender Chris Hegarty could only slice the ball into his own net.
 
Although a somewhat scrappy affair, Cliftonville looked the more likely to find the net again as the game progressed with McMenamin offering up a dipping effort from distance and another left-foot drive which fell just the wrong side of the left post.
 
Crusaders were limited mainly to half chances but, three minutes into stoppage time, Kennedy struck with a cross/shot from out on the right flank which bypassed everyone before sneaking in at the far post.

Cliftonville: McCarey, McDermott, Breen, Harney, C. Curran, R. Curran, McMenamin, Donnelly, Bagnall, Doherty, Hale subs Brush (not used), O'Reilly (replaced McMenamin 87), O'Connor (replaced Hale 82), McCrudden (not used), Gormley (not used), Casey (not used), Maguire (not used)
 
Crusaders: Doherty, Burns, Hegarty, Weir, Lowry, McGonigle, Caddell, Forsythe, Lecky, Brown, Heatley subs O'Neill (not used), Kennedy (replaced Hegarty 87), Cushley (replaced McGonigle 78), Ruddy (not used), Owens (replaced Weir 56), Burns (not used), Patterson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   2 - 2 Crusaders
  • GOAL

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    90+3'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McMenamin

    Glentoran

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan O'Reilly

    Cliftonville

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Hegarty

    Crusaders

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daire O'Connor

    Unregistered Players

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Unregistered Players

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Carrick Rangers

    78'
  •  Yellow Card

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    73'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    56'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    56'
  • OWN GOAL

    Chris Hegarty

    Crusaders

    49'
  •  Yellow Card

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    44'
  • GOAL

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    42'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Jamie McGonigle

    Unregistered Players

    4'

Cliftonville

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Conor McDermott
  • Garry Breen
  • Jamie Harney
  • Chris Curran
  • Ryan Curran
  • Conor McMenamin red substitution 87'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Liam Bagnall
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Rory Hale red substitution 82' 42'

Substitutes

  • Richard Brush
  • Ryan O'Reilly green substitution 87'
  • Daire O'Connor green substitution 82'
  • Michael McCrudden
  • Joe Gormley
  • Odhran Casey
  • Thomas Maguire

Crusaders

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Chris Hegarty red substitution 87' 49' (OG)
  • Robbie Weir 44' red substitution 56'
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jamie McGonigle red substitution 78' 4'
  • Declan Caddell
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Adam Lecky 73'
  • Rodney Brown
  • Paul Heatley

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Ben Kennedy green substitution 87' 90+3'
  • David Cushley green substitution 78'
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Jordan Owens 68' green substitution 56'
  • Thomas Burns
  • Jack Patterson

Cliftonville

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