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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 6 February 2021 (kick off: 5.30 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Tim Marshall

Crusaders home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Philip Lowry 88'
  •   Niall Quinn 72'
  •   Jimmy Callacher 90+2'
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Jimmy Callacher bagged Linfield's late winner ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

CALLACHER SEALS IT FOR BLUES RIGHT AT THE END

Jimmy Callacher knocked home a stoppage time winner as Linfield stretched their lead at the top of the table to five points with victory over Crusaders at Seaview.
 
Jordan Forsythe came close to opening the scoring during the early exchanges, seeing a sixth minute close range effort blocked by Niall Quinn.
 
Crusaders continued to look the more likely to find a way through when Declan Caddell was denied by a great Chris Johns save while Paul Heatley's follow up was cleared off the line by Ross Larkin.
 
Then, right on the strike of half-time Forsythe did well to chest the ball down but could only hook his shot over.
 
The pattern continued into the second half with Ben Kennedy firing straight at Johns before the Linfield keeper pulled out another great stop to thwart Heatley's volley.
 
Crusaders came even closer just after the hour when Philip Lowry's effort was cleared off the line by Kyle McClean.
 
However, the Crues were made pay for those missed opportunities on 71 minutes when Linfield moved in front after Quinn delivered a corner from the right which bypassed everyone and evaded Johnny Tuffey's despairing grasp at the far post.
 
Stephen Baxter's side pushed hard to get back into the game, coming close when Forsythe fired a 20-yard free-kick just over.
 
And they got their reward with a couple of minutes to go after Heatley's corner was bundled over the line by Lowry.
 
That seemed to settle the affair but Linfield had other ideas and duly grabbed the winner two minutes into stoppage time when Callacher rose highest at the back post to nod home Joel Cooper's cross from the left.
 
Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Hegarty, Wilson, Lowry, Kennedy, Caddell, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Lecky, Heatley subs Shields (not used), Weir (not used), McGonigle (replaced Kennedy 74), Cushley (not used), Ruddy (not used), Owens (replaced O'Rourke 74), Larmour (not used)
 
Linfield: Johns, Larkin, Haughey, Callacher, Stewart, Millar, Lavery, McClean, Mulgrew, Quinn, Cooper subs Moore (not used), Stafford (replaced Larkin 64), Waterworth (replaced Stewart 80), Manzinga (not used), Nasseri (replaced Millar 69), Clarke (not used), Pepper (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   1 - 2 Linfield
  • GOAL

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    90+2'
  • GOAL

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Glenavon

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Unregistered Players

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    74'
  •  Yellow Card

    Navid Nasseri

    Larne

    73'
  • GOAL

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Larne

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Larkin

    Linfield

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Stafford

    Glenavon

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Haughey

    Glenavon

    60'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Philip Lowry 88'
  • Ben Kennedy red substitution 74'
  • Declan Caddell
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke red substitution 74'
  • Adam Lecky
  • Paul Heatley

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Robbie Weir
  • Jamie McGonigle green substitution 74'
  • David Cushley
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 74'
  • Daniel Larmour

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Ross Larkin red substitution 64'
  • Mark Haughey 60'
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 80'
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 69'
  • Niall Quinn 72'
  • Shayne Lavery
  • Jimmy Callacher 90+2'
  • Kyle McClean
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Joel Cooper

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Mark Stafford green substitution 64'
  • Andrew Waterworth green substitution 80'
  • Christy Manzinga
  • Navid Nasseri 73' green substitution 69'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Conor Pepper

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