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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 4 January 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 2305

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Cliftonville home-team
0 FT 2
away-team Crusaders
  •   Paul Heatley 43'
  •   Ben Kennedy 62'
football
Paul Heatley celebrates opening the scoring ©Philip Magowan/INPHO

'SNOW' PROBLEM FOR THE CRUES

Crusaders condemned Cliftonville to a first home defeat of the season in the rescheduled North Belfast derby amid wintery conditions Solitude.

There was little by way of goalmouth action in the first half as both sides struggled to deal with the weather although the Reds did have the clearest cut opportunities through Ryan Curran and Kris Lowe, with the latter having the ball in the net on 39 minutes only for the 'goal' to be ruled out offside.

However, the deadlock was broken a couple of minutes from the break in favour of the visitors when a Ben Kennedy cross from the left fell for Paul Heatley who made no mistake in tucking the finish past Luke McNicholas.

Chances were just as scarce in the second half but that didn't stop Stephen Baxter's side doubling their advantage just after the hour when Ross Clarke's cross was tipped out by McNicholas only as far as Kennedy who was presented with the simplest of tasks to nod home at the near post.

The Reds did have opportunities to get back into the game, coming close when Jonny Addis saw an effort blocked with Ronan Doherty's follow-up turned away by Jonny Tuffey.

Crusaders had the ball in the net again with few minutes remaining when Clarke tucked away a low Heatley cross but this was deemed offside.

Cliftonville might have grabbed a stoppage time consolation but Addis' finish from a Levi Ives corner to the near post was directed onto the crossbar.

Cliftonville: McNicholas, Ives, C. Curran, Hale, R. Curran, O'Neill, McDonagh, Lowe, Addis, Doherty, Turner subs Dunne (not used), McDermott (replaced Hale 23), Breen (not used), Donnelly (not used), Gormley (replaced O'Neill 59), Coates (not used), Kearns (replaced C. Curran 59)

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Hegarty, Wilson, Weir, Lowry, Kennedy, Caddell, Heatley, Robinson, Clarke subs O'Neill (not used), Lecky (replaced Lowry 90), Frazer (not used), Owens (not used), Larmour (not used), Patterson (not used), Thompson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   0 - 2 Crusaders
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    90'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    83'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    80'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Unregistered Players

    67'
  • GOAL

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    59'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Larne

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Larne

    59'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    58'
  •  Yellow Card

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    58'
  • GOAL

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    43'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    23'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McDermott

    Coleraine

    23'

Cliftonville

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Levi Ives
  • Chris Curran 58' red substitution 59'
  • Rory Hale red substitution 23'
  • Ryan Curran
  • Paul O'Neill red substitution 59'
  • Jamie McDonagh 80'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Luke Turner

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Conor McDermott green substitution 23'
  • Garry Breen
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Joe Gormley green substitution 59'
  • Colin Coates
  • Daniel Kearns green substitution 59'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns 83'
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Robbie Weir
  • Philip Lowry 58' red substitution 90'
  • Paul Heatley 43'
  • Declan Caddell 67'
  • Ben Kennedy 62'
  • Joshua Robinson
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Adam Lecky green substitution 90'
  • Jonathan Frazer
  • Jordan Owens
  • Daniel Larmour
  • Jack Patterson
  • Joel Thompson
© Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

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