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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 13 November 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 2675

Referee: Tim Marshall

Crusaders home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Linfield
  •   Paul Heatley 50'
  •   Ben Kennedy 83'
  •   Christy Manzinga 42'
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Ben Kennedy scored the winner late in the game ©David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

CRUES SQUEEZE PAST BLUES AT SEAVIEW

Crusaders came from a goal down - and missed a penalty - to get the better of Linfield at Seaview.

Kicking off ten minutes later to allow the visiting fans to get into the ground, it was Linfield keeper Chris Johns that was called into action first to keep out a Ben Kennedy free-kick and then stop Johnny McMurray's close range rebound from crossing the line.

At the other end Jordan Stewart saw an 18-yard effort blocked in front of goal while Sam Roscoe could only head the follow up onto the roof of the net.

The Crues came close after half-an-hour when Josh Robinson nodded into the side netting from Kennedy's free-kick before, not long after that, Kennedy himself wasn't far away when his effort from the edge of the area was blocked by Jamie Mulgrew.

However the deadlock was broken in Linfield's favour three minutes from the break. Mulgrew played the ball out of midfield before laying it off for Billy Chadwick who teed up Christy Manzinga to send a curling finish beyond the outstretched Jonny Tuffey and into the far corner of the net.

Crusaders were presented with a great chance to level early in the second half after Chris Shields was conceded a penalty for a foul on Adam Lecky but Kennedy was unable to make the most of the opportunity and could only send his spot-kick onto the crossbar.

But the Crues did equalise soon after. Again Lecky was involved, this time to flick the ball on for Paul Heatley to run onto and beat Johns with a composed finish.

The woodwork denied Crusaders again a couple of minutes later after Jordan Forsythe's cross hit the far post and rolled along the goalline before being cleared by Michael Newberry.

Played switched almost immediately for Stewart to pick out Manzinga only for his shot to be blocked, as was Matthew Clarke's close range rebound effort.

What proved to be Crusaders' winner came with seven minutes remaining when Kennedy redeemed himself for his earlier miss after making the most of a miscommunicated in the Linfield defence to nip in and lob Tuffey.

Linfield had a stoppage time chance to salvage a point but Stewart could only volley into the side netting after a corner fell for him.

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Wilson, Kennedy, Lecky, Caddell, Forsythe, O’Rourke, Heatley, Robinson, McMurray subs O’Neill (not used), Hegarty (not used), Weir (replaced Kennedy 88), Lowry (not used), Frazer (not used), Owens (replaced Lecky 85), Clarke (replaced McMurray 75)

Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Newberry, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Manzinga, Stewart, M. Clarke, Mulgrew, Chadwick subs Walsh (not used), Larkin (not used), Donnelly (replaced Mulgrew 88), Quinn (replaced Chadwick 60), Salam (not used), Marshall (not used), Green (replaced Newberry 85)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   2 - 1 Linfield
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Martin Donnelly

    Unregistered Players

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Newberry

    Linfield

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matt Green

    Unregistered Players

    85'
  • GOAL

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    83'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Robinson

    Crusaders

    74'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    65'
  •  Yellow Card

    Christy Manzinga

    Unregistered Players

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Chadwick

    Unregistered Players

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    60'
  • GOAL

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    50'
  • GOAL

    Christy Manzinga

    Unregistered Players

    42'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    26'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Adam Lecky red substitution 85'
  • Paul Heatley 50'
  • Declan Caddell 65'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Ben Kennedy red substitution 88' 83'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Joshua Robinson 74'
  • Jonathan McMurray 26' red substitution 75'

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Robbie Weir green substitution 88'
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jonathan Frazer
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 85'
  • Ross Clarke green substitution 75'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Michael Newberry red substitution 85'
  • Chris Shields
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar
  • Christy Manzinga 62' 42'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Jordan Stewart 80'
  • Jamie Mulgrew red substitution 88'
  • Billy Chadwick red substitution 60'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Ross Larkin
  • Martin Donnelly green substitution 88'
  • Niall Quinn green substitution 60'
  • Ahmed Salam
  • Callum Marshall
  • Matt Green green substitution 85'

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