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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 19 April 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 2772

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Crusaders home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Jordan Forsythe 45'
  •   Jimmy Callacher 35'
  •   Ethan Devine 70'
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Eetu Vertainen and Kirk Millar congratulate Ethan Devine on his winning goal ©Brian Little/INPHO

DEVINE THE DIFFERENCE FOR THE BLUES

Ethan Devine bagged Linfield's winner as the Blues picked up another three points in their title defence away to Crusaders.

David Healy's side remain a point to the good at the top of the table going into the last couple of games, as challengers Cliftonville also won on the road.

After a not unexpected tense start the Blues threatened first through Jack Hastie who send a volley from the left over the bar while, at the other end, Jordan Owens just failed to connect with Brandon Doyle's corner from the left.

The sides continued to trade chances with Declan Caddell having a go for the Crues before Jordan Stewart's piledriver was blocked by Aidan Wilson.

But the deadlock was broken on 35 minutes through Jimmy Callacher who arrived at the back post to powerfully head Niall Quinn's right-sided free-kick past Jonny Tuffey.

Crusaders levelled right at the end of the first half, however, courtesy of Jordan Forsythe's glancing header inside a crowded box after Brandon Doyle had sent a corner over.

Linfield might have regained the lead early in the second half. Kirk Millar sent over a teasing cross from the right to which Eetu Vertainen connected at the near post only to send his header against the upright.

However, the defending champions did go one better and it was substitute Devine who once more made his impact felt with a low drilled finish into the bottom corner after being teed up by Matthew Clarke.

Crusaders: Tuffey, Hegarty, Wilson, Doyle, Caddell, Forsythe, Patterson, Owens, Winchester, Robinson, McMurray subs Shields (not used), Burns (replaced Doyle 80), Weir (not used), Lowry (replaced Winchester 71), Lecky (replaced Owens 71), Larmour (replaced Robinson 61), Clarke (replaced Patterson 80)

Linfield: Johns, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Stewart, Vertainen, Hall, Clarke, Mulgrew, Quinn, Hastie subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe (not used), McKee (not used), McClean (replaced Vertainen 80), Devine (replaced Hastie 64), Salam (replaced Millar 90), Evans (not used)

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

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Linfield

    90'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Brandon Doyle

    Crusaders

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lewis Patterson

    Crusaders

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eetu Vertainen

    Linfield

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jude Winchester

    Crusaders

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    71'
  • GOAL

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jake Hastie

    Linfield

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Robinson

    Crusaders

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Larmour

    Crusaders

    61'
  •  Yellow Card

    Eetu Vertainen

    Linfield

    51'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    45'
  • GOAL

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    35'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Brandon Doyle red substitution 80'
  • Declan Caddell
  • Jordan Forsythe 45'
  • Lewis Patterson red substitution 80'
  • Jordan Owens red substitution 71'
  • Jude Winchester red substitution 71'
  • Joshua Robinson red substitution 61'
  • Jonathan McMurray

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Billy Joe Burns green substitution 80'
  • Robbie Weir
  • Philip Lowry green substitution 71'
  • Adam Lecky green substitution 71'
  • Daniel Larmour green substitution 61'
  • Ross Clarke green substitution 80'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Chris Shields
  • Jimmy Callacher 85' 35'
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 90'
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Eetu Vertainen 51' red substitution 80'
  • Ben Hall
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Niall Quinn
  • Jake Hastie red substitution 64'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Chris McKee
  • Kyle McClean green substitution 80'
  • Ethan Devine green substitution 64' 70'
  • Ahmed Salam green substitution 90'
  • Kieron Evans
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