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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 4 May 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Andrew Davey

Linfield home-team
3 FT 1
away-team Crusaders
  •   Mark Stafford 15'
  •   Shayne Lavery 58'
  •   Ben Kennedy 47'
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Shayne Lavery heads Linfield back into the lead ©Brian Little/PressEye

LINFIELD WITHIN TOUCHING DISTANCE OF ANOTHER TITLE

Linfield stand on the cusp of claiming another league title following Tuesday's night defeat of Crusaders at Windsor Park.
 
The Blues hold an eight point advantage at the top of the table with nine points left to play for with victory in their next outing enough to secure the Gibson Cup for a 55th time.
 
David Healy's side led at the break through Mark Stafford's opening goal after a quarter-of-an-hour when he connected with Kirk Millar's corner to turn the ball home at the back post.
 
Crusaders levelled early in the second half, however, courtesy of a rifled finish from Ben Kennedy at close range high into the net.
 
But Linfield regained the advantage just before the hour. Niall Quinn sent over a deep corner which Stafford knocked on into the goalmouth for Shayne Lavery to nod past Johnny Tuffey.
 
And they made sure of the points with six minutes remaining after Jordan Forsythe chested the ball into his own net under pressure from Joel Cooper after Cameron Palmer had delivered the decisive ball.
 
Linfield: Johns, Stafford, Haughey, Callacher, Stewart, Millar, Lavery, Fallon, Mulgrew, Quinn, Cooper subs Moore (not used), Waterworth (replaced Lavery 86), Manzinga (not used), Nasseri (not used), Clarke (not used), Pepper (not used), Palmer (replaced Stewart 69)
 
Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Kennedy, Cushley, Caddell, Forsythe, Ruddy, Owens, R. Clarke, Larmour, A. Clarke subs Shields (not used), Lowry (not used), O'Rourke (replaced Ruddy 85), Lecky (replaced Owens 71), Thompson (replaced Caddell 71), Logan (not used), Patterson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   3 - 1 Crusaders
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Ruddy

    Crusaders

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    85'
  • OWN GOAL

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    84'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Palmer

    Linfield

    69'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    66'
  • GOAL

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    58'
  • GOAL

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    47'
  • GOAL

    Mark Stafford

    Linfield

    15'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Stafford 15'
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 69'
  • Kirk Millar
  • Shayne Lavery red substitution 86' 58'
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Niall Quinn
  • Joel Cooper

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Andrew Waterworth green substitution 86'
  • Christy Manzinga
  • Navid Nasseri
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Conor Pepper
  • Cameron Palmer green substitution 69'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns 71'
  • Ben Kennedy 47'
  • David Cushley
  • Declan Caddell 66' red substitution 71'
  • Jordan Forsythe 84' (OG)
  • Michael Ruddy red substitution 85'
  • Jordan Owens red substitution 71'
  • Ross Clarke
  • Daniel Larmour
  • Andrew Clarke

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jarlath O'Rourke green substitution 85'
  • Adam Lecky green substitution 71'
  • Gary Thompson green substitution 71'
  • Thomas Logan
  • Jack Patterson
© Brian Little/PressEye

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