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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 23 January 2021 (kick off: 12.30 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Andrew Davey

Crusaders home-team
3 FT 3
away-team Larne
  •   Jamie McGonigle 39'
  •   Chris Hegarty 73'
  •   Ben Kennedy 89' (pen)
  •   Ronan Hale 19' 33'
  •   Jonathan McMurray 79'
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SIX GOALS SHARED IN SEAVIEW THRILLER

Crusaders and Larne shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller in the lunchtime kick-off at Seaview in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
 
The Crues started the game the brighter of the two sides with Philip Lowry hooking an early effort wide followed by a Jamie McGonigle delivery to which Adam Lecky just missed making contact with. 
 
But it fell to Larne's Ronan Hale to open the scoring when, on 19 minutes, he unleashed a thunderous strike into the bottom left corner from around 30 yards which evaded Gerard Doherty's reach.
 
And it was 2-0 to the visitors just after the half-hour mark. Martin Donnelly had a go with a free-kick over 25 yards out on the right which Doherty did well to tip onto the crossbar but Ronan Hale was on hand to nod home the close ball from close range.
 
However, the Crues pulled a goal back six minutes later through Jamie McGonigle with a curling left-foot finish into the top left corner from the edge of the box.
 
Paul Heatley then might have levelled matters early in the second half after Chris Hegarty sent a long ball forward but he could only direct his header onto the bar while, moments later, he came close again from a Billy Joe Burns cross.
 
Crusaders did equalise, however, with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining with Hegarty finding the net after getting his head to Jarlath O'Rourke's free-kick from the right touchline.
 
Larne restored their advantage with ten minutes remaining, substitute Johnny McMurray won a 50-50 ball with Burns and was able to touch it beyond Doherty into the net.
 
Yet there still was to be one last twist when, in the final minute of normal time, Ben Kennedy - himself a substitute - stepped up to beat Conor Devlin from the spot after referee Andrew Davey had awarded the penalty following a handball in the area.
 
Crusaders: Doherty, Burns, Hegarty, Wilson, Lowry, McGonigle, Caddell, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Lecky, Heatley subs O'Neill (not used), Weir (not used), Kennedy (replaced Caddell 78), Cushley (replaced McGonigle 85), Ruddy (not used), Owens (replaced Heatley 67), Brown (not used)
 
Larne: Devlin, Watson, Robinson, Herron, Sule, Randall, Hale, McDaid, Donnelly, Cosgrove, Jarvis subs C. Mitchell (not used), Kelly (not used), Scott (not used), A. Mitchell (replaced Randall 72), McKendry (not used), Wade Slater (not used), McMurray (replaced Hale 69)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   3 - 3 Larne
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Unregistered Players

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Carrick Rangers

    85'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    78'
  • GOAL

    Chris Hegarty

    Crusaders

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Mitchell

    Larne

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    Martin Donnelly

    Linfield

    63'
  • GOAL

    Jamie McGonigle

    Unregistered Players

    39'
  • GOAL

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    33'
  • GOAL

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    19'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    12'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    12'

Crusaders

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Jamie McGonigle red substitution 85' 39'
  • Philip Lowry
  • Chris Hegarty 73'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Declan Caddell 12' red substitution 78'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Adam Lecky
  • Paul Heatley red substitution 67'

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Robbie Weir
  • Ben Kennedy green substitution 78' 89'
  • David Cushley green substitution 85'
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 67'
  • Rodney Brown

Larne

  • Conor Devlin
  • Albert Watson
  • Joshua Robinson
  • John Herron
  • Fuad Sule
  • Mark Randall 12' red substitution 72'
  • Ronan Hale red substitution 69' 19' 33'
  • David McDaid
  • Martin Donnelly 63'
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Dean Jarvis

Substitutes

  • Conor Mitchell
  • Graham Kelly
  • Andy Scott
  • Andy Mitchell green substitution 72'
  • Conor McKendry
  • Luke Wade-Slater
  • Jonathan McMurray green substitution 69' 79'

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Larne

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