This website uses cookies. Please click "Accept and Close" to accept the use of cookies on our website. By continuing to browse our website you consent to the use of cookies on this website.

For more information on how we use cookies please visit our Cookie Policy page, or visit our Privacy notice page for more information on how we manage and use data.

Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 23 April 2022 (kick off: 5.30 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 2649

Referee: Ian McNabb

Crusaders home-team
3 FT 3
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Billy Joe Burns 57'
  •   Ben Kennedy 63'
  •   Jordan Forsythe 73'
  •   Colin Coates 31'
  •   Ryan Curran 75' 80'
football
Jamie McDonagh and Paul Heatley in action ©Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

REDS ROAR BACK TO BRING IT DOWN TO THE WIRE

Cliftonville stormed back from two goals down to earn a point away to derby rivals Crusaders and take the title race into the final game of the season.

The Reds enjoyed periods of possession during the opening quarter of the game but couldn't create anything of note in front of goal until midway through the first half when Ryan Curran sent the ball across the face of goal but no-one was there to capitalise.

Colin Coates then had a chance when he got on the end of a Jamie McDonagh free-kick, only to direct his header straight at Jonny Tuffey ... but Coates wasn't to be denied moments later when he opened the scoring with a back post header from Levi Ives' corner.

The Crues attempted to hit back through Ben Kennedy who sent his effort from the edge of the box towards the bottom corner but Luke McNicholas did enough to tip the ball around the post.

Kennedy was involved again not long after that with a ball from the left for Philip Lowry but he popped the ball over the bar.

But the Crues did level on 57 minutes when Billy Joe Burns unleashed a terrific right-footed effort past McNicholas into the top corner.

And Stephen Baxter's side edged in front themselves just six minutes after that courtesy of Kennedy's curling finish into the bottom corner.

Crusaders further extended their lead ten minutes later as Cliftonville's title challenge looked to be crumbling. Kennedy was involved again, this time with a corner sent deep for the unmarked Jordan Forsythe to turn home at the back post.

But the Reds responded within two minutes when a right-sided corner was nodded on for Ryan Curran to sweep home from the left side of the box.

Remarkably Curran struck again five minutes after that to bring Cliftonville right back into it when, once more, the ball was sent from the right for the 28-year-old to smash into the roof of the net.

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Weir, Lowry, Kennedy, Lecky, Forsythe, Larmour, Heatley, Robinson, Clarke subs Shields (not used), Hegarty (replaced Robinson 90+4), Doyle (not used), Caddell (replaced Kennedy 76), Owens (replaced Lecky 79), Winchester (not used), McMurray (not used)

Cliftonville: McNicholas, Ives, Hale, R. Curran, McDonagh, Addis, Doherty, Gormley, Turner, Gallagher, Coates subs McKenna (not used), McDermott (not used), Harney (replaced Coates 90+4), C. Curran (replaced Doherty 20), O’Neill (replaced Hale 67), Donnelly (not used), Kearns (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   3 - 3 Cliftonville
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Robinson

    Crusaders

    90+4'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Hegarty

    Crusaders

    90+4'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Colin Coates

    Cliftonville

    90+4'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Harney

    Cliftonville

    90+4'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    88'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    76'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    75'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    67'
  • GOAL

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    63'
  •  Yellow Card

    Colin Coates

    Cliftonville

    59'
  • GOAL

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    57'
  • GOAL

    Colin Coates

    Cliftonville

    31'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Doherty

    Cliftonville

    20'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    20'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns 57'
  • Robbie Weir
  • Philip Lowry
  • Ben Kennedy red substitution 76' 63'
  • Adam Lecky red substitution 79'
  • Jordan Forsythe 88' 73'
  • Daniel Larmour
  • Paul Heatley
  • Joshua Robinson red substitution 90+4'
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Chris Hegarty green substitution 90+4'
  • Brandon Doyle
  • Declan Caddell green substitution 76'
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 79'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Jonathan McMurray

Cliftonville

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Levi Ives
  • Colin Coates 59' red substitution 90+4' 31'
  • Rory Hale red substitution 67'
  • Jamie McDonagh
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ryan Curran 75' 80'
  • Ronan Doherty red substitution 20'
  • Joe Gormley
  • Luke Turner
  • Chris Gallagher

Substitutes

  • Ruadhán McKenna
  • Conor McDermott
  • Jamie Harney green substitution 90+4'
  • Chris Curran green substitution 20'
  • Paul O'Neill green substitution 67'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Daniel Kearns
© Pacemaker Press

Crusaders

club-logo
club-logo

Cliftonville

club-logo
club-logo