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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 11 March 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 2230

Referee: Tim Marshall

Linfield home-team
3 FT 2
away-team Crusaders
  •   Chris McKee 20'
  •   Chris Shields 45' (pen)
  •   Ethan Devine 90+4'
  •   Jonathan McMurray 24'
  •   Ben Kennedy 58' (pen)
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Ethan Devine celebrates bagging Linfield's stoppage time winner ©Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

BLUES ENJOY SIMPLY DEVINE FINISH

Ethan Devine grabbed the stoppage time winner as Linfield edged to victory over Crusaders at Windsor Park.

A cautious start to proceedings saw both sides take some time to settle, although the Blues perhaps came closest early on when Eetu Vertainen tested Jonny Tuffey with a well struck long range effort after nine minutes.

The deadlock was broken on 20 minutes through Linfield's on loan striker Chris McKee who confidently finished past Tuffey one-on-one after getting on the end of Ahmed Salam's defence splitting pass.

But the Crues levelled just four minutes after that courtesy of Johnny McMurray's superb finish after latching onto a long ball out of defence and lifting it over the head of keeper Chris Johns.

Linfield regained the advantage in first half stoppage time. Robbie Weir was adjudged to have handed Kirk Millar's ball into the area and from the resultant spot-kick Chris Shields confidently converted into the bottom corner.

Back came Crusaders to equalise for a second time just short of the hour mark. On this occasion Jordan Forsythe rifled the ball into the area, Jimmy Callacher was ruled to have handled and Ben Kennedy stepped up to comfortably slot the penalty home.

An entertaining game, there were further chances as both sides pushed for the match winner.

Tuffey produced an outstanding reaction save to thwart Millar from close range and again with a dive to the right to keep out a Kieron Evans effort while, for the Crues, Johns turned away an acrobatic Adam Lecky attempt.

However, the winner came in the fourth minute in stoppage time when Devine powered into the box to glance Jordan Stewart's corner past Tuffey in off an upright.

Linfield: Johns, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Vertainen, Hall, McKee, McClean, Fallon, Quinn, Salam subs Walsh, Newberry, Stewart, M. Clarke, Devine, A. Clarke, Evans

Crusaders: Tuffey, Wilson, Lowry, Kennedy, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Winchester, Robinson, Clarke, McMurray subs Shields, Hegarty, Lecky, Doyle, L. Patterson, Owens, J. Patterson

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   3 - 2 Crusaders
  • GOAL

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    90+4'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    58'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    45'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    24'
  • GOAL

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    20'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar
  • Eetu Vertainen
  • Ben Hall
  • Chris McKee 20'
  • Kyle McClean
  • Chris Shields 45'
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Niall Quinn
  • Ahmed Salam

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Michael Newberry
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Ethan Devine 90+4'
  • Andrew Clarke
  • Kieron Evans

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Robbie Weir
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jonathan McMurray 24'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Jude Winchester
  • Ben Kennedy 58'
  • Joshua Robinson
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Adam Lecky
  • Brandon Doyle
  • Lewis Patterson
  • Jordan Owens
  • Jack Patterson

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