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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 28 August 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 2048

Referee: Tim Marshall

Linfield home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Crusaders
  •   Christy Manzinga 31' 52'
football
Christy Manzinga celebrates opening the scoring ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

MANZINGA AT THE DOUBLE AS BLUES START WITH A WIN

Two Christy Manzinga goals helped Linfield kick off their title defence with victory over Crusaders at Windsor Park.
 
After the sides traded chances during the opening half-an-hour it fell to the 25-year-old to open the scoring on 31 minutes when he nodded home at the back post after Trai Hume had headed Kirk Millar's corner back across the face of goal.
 
Billy Chadwick might have added a second just before the break but he just failed to find the target after Manzinga had won possession to create the opening.
 
Chadwick was denied again not long after the restart when Josh Robinson blocked his close range effort.
 
But, on 52 minutes, it was 2-0 after Manzinga ran onto a Jimmy Callacher through ball to brilliantly finish low into the far corner.
 
Linfield looked the more likely to score again as the game progressed with Jordan Stewart seeing an effort blocked and another cleared off the line while new signing Matt Green almost marked his debut with a goal only to be thwarted by a last ditch tackle.
 
Linfield: Johns, Newberry, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Hume, Manzinga, M. Clarke, Mulgrew, Chadwick, Palmer subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe-Byrne (not used), Stewart (replaced Chadwick 66), Donnelly (replaced Palmer 90+2), Salam (replced Millar 90+2), A. Clarke (not used), Green (replaced Manzinga 77)
 
Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Kennedy, Lecky, Frazer, Caddell, O'Rourke, Larmour, G. Thompson, Heatley, Robinson subs Shields (not used), Hegarty (not used), Weir (replaced Lecky 61), Doyle (replaced Heatley 75), Owens (replaced Frazer 61), Holland (replaced G. Thompson 88), J. Thompson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 0 Crusaders
  •  Yellow Card

    Daniel Larmour

    Crusaders

    90+5'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    90+2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Palmer

    Linfield

    90+2'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Martin Donnelly

    Linfield

    90+2'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Linfield

    90+2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Holland

    Crusaders

    88'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    83'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matt Green

    Linfield

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Brandon Doyle

    Crusaders

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Chadwick

    Linfield

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    61'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Frazer

    Crusaders

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    61'
  • GOAL

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    52'
  • GOAL

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    31'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan Frazer

    Crusaders

    27'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    2'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Michael Newberry
  • Chris Shields
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 90+2'
  • Trai Hume
  • Christy Manzinga red substitution 77' 31' 52'
  • Matthew Clarke 83'
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Billy Chadwick red substitution 66'
  • Cameron Palmer red substitution 90+2'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Jordan Stewart green substitution 66'
  • Martin Donnelly green substitution 90+2'
  • Ahmed Salam green substitution 90+2'
  • Andrew Clarke
  • Matt Green green substitution 77'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns 2'
  • Ben Kennedy
  • Adam Lecky red substitution 61'
  • Jonathan Frazer 27' red substitution 61'
  • Declan Caddell 83'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Daniel Larmour 90+5'
  • Gary Thompson red substitution 88'
  • Paul Heatley red substitution 75'
  • Joshua Robinson

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Robbie Weir green substitution 61'
  • Brandon Doyle green substitution 75'
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 61'
  • James Holland green substitution 88'
  • Joel Thompson
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