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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 31 August 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 1086

Referee: Andrew Davey

Crusaders home-team
4 FT 0
away-team Portadown
  •   Paul Heatley 32'
  •   Billy Joe Burns 61'
  •   Ben Kennedy 66'
  •   Jonathan McMurray 56'
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Crusaders celebrate Paul Heatley opening the scoring ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

CRUES SWEEP TO SEAVIEW VICTORY

Crusaders picked up their first points of the new campaign with a sweeping four-goal victory over Portadown at Seaview.
 
Stephen Baxter's side got off to a bright start and almost seized the early advantage when Paul Heatley found himself one-on-one with Harry Doherty but his attempted finish was poor allowed the Ports keeper to gather.
 
However, Heatley atoned for that miss with just over half-an-hour on the clock. On this occasion he connected with a Declan Caddell's left-sided cross to glance a headed finish beyond Doherty and into the net.
 
The Crues doubled their lead on 56 minutes courtesy of substitute Johnny McMurray with a back post finish from Ben Kennedy's delivery.
 
That opened the floodgates with Billy Joe Burns adding a third five minutes later with a looping header over Doherty from an acute angle out on the right.
 
And another goal followed on 66 minutes, Kennedy getting in on the act this time at the near post following a one-two to open the Ports defence.
 
There was almost a fifth in stoppage time but McMurray's effort from distance rattled an upright.
 
Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Weir, Kennedy, Frazer, Caddell, O'Rourke, Owens, Larmour, Heatley, Robinson subs Hegarty (replaced Burns 75), Lecky (replaced Owens 68), Doyle (replaced Frazer 72), Thompson (not used), Holland (replaced Weir 68), McMurray (replaced Heatley 46), Shields (not used)
 
Portadown: Doherty, Hall, Ruddy, McCallum, Finnegan, Tipton, Bonis, Jackson, Croskery, Teggart, McLeod subs Brown (not used), Salley (replaced Jackson 63), Conaty (replaced Tipton 78), Jordan (not used), Murphy (replaced McCallum 75), Creighton (not used), Baird (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   4 - 0 Portadown
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    George Tipton

    Portadown

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Oisin Conaty

    Portadown

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Hegarty

    Crusaders

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam McCallum

    Portadown

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Harry Murphy

    Portadown

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Frazer

    Crusaders

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Brandon Doyle

    Crusaders

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Holland

    Crusaders

    68'
  • GOAL

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Oran Jackson

    Portadown

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Salley

    Portadown

    63'
  • GOAL

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    61'
  •  Yellow Card

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    58'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    56'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    46'
  • GOAL

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    32'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Robbie Weir 58' red substitution 68'
  • Jonathan Frazer red substitution 72'
  • Paul Heatley red substitution 46' 32'
  • Declan Caddell
  • Billy Joe Burns red substitution 75' 61'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Jordan Owens red substitution 68'
  • Daniel Larmour
  • Ben Kennedy 66'
  • Joshua Robinson

Substitutes

  • Chris Hegarty green substitution 75'
  • Adam Lecky green substitution 68'
  • Brandon Doyle green substitution 72'
  • Gary Thompson
  • James Holland green substitution 68'
  • Jonathan McMurray green substitution 46' 56'
  • Neil Shields

Portadown

  • Harry Doherty
  • Greg Hall
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Adam McCallum red substitution 75'
  • Paul Finnegan
  • George Tipton red substitution 78'
  • Lee Bonis
  • Oran Jackson red substitution 63'
  • Ruairi Croskery
  • Stephen Teggart
  • Sammie McLeod

Substitutes

  • Rian Brown
  • Adam Salley green substitution 63'
  • Oisin Conaty green substitution 78'
  • Reece Jordan
  • Harry Murphy green substitution 75'
  • Matt Creighton
  • Isaac Baird
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