Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 2 January 2024 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 2747

Referee: Ben McMaster

Crusaders home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Linfield
  •   Euan East 45'
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Euan East grabbed the only goal of the game ©Pacemaker Press

BLUES MOVE FOUR POINTS CLEAR

Linfield moved four points clear at the top of the Sports Direct Premiership with victory over Crusaders at Seaview.

After a quiet opening, the Crues might have taken the lead after a Ross Clarke corner was only cleared as far as Paul Heatley on the edge of the area but his low effort was well kept out by Chris Johns.

And Heatley tested Johns again soon after in similar circumstances but, again, the Linfield keeper proved more than equal to the challenge.

At the other end only a Josh Robinson clearance off the line prevented Kirk Millar from opening the scoring through a crowded box after a Matthew Clarke cross caused problems.

But the deadlock was eventually broken in first half stoppage time when, from another Clarke delivery, Euan East turned to fire a low shot home from six yards.

As before, the second half was a little slow to get going before a Billy Joe Burns cross connected with Daniel Larmour but his header failed to trouble Johns.

Decent scoring opportunities proved to be at something of a premium as the game progressed with both sides left searching for little more than half chances.

Indeed, arguably the best opening came towards the end with East having the chance to double his tally only to volley over despite being unmarked at the back post from yet another Clarke cross.

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Weir, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Owens, Larmour, Heatley, Robinson, Clarke, Anderson subs Williamson, Lowry, Lecky, Teelan, Kennedy, Boyd, James

Linfield: Johns, Finlayson, East, Millar, McClean, Hall, Clarke, Mulgrew, Fitzpatrick, Annett, Archer subs Walsh, Newberry, McBrien, McKee, McKay, Doherty, Graham

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   0 - 1 Linfield
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul Heatley

    Unregistered Players

    90+5'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lloyd Anderson

    Crusaders

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Teelan

    Unregistered Players

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikhail Kennedy

    Institute

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Linfield

    80'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ben Hall

    Linfield

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Lloyd Anderson

    Crusaders

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Darragh McBrien

    Linfield

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rhys Annett

    Linfield

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    60'
  •  Yellow Card

    Rhys Annett

    Linfield

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    52'
  • GOAL

    Euan East

    Linfield

    45'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    31'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns 31'
  • Robbie Weir red substitution 68'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Jordan Owens red substitution 68'
  • Daniel Larmour
  • Paul Heatley 90+5'
  • Joshua Robinson
  • Ross Clarke 52' red substitution 85'
  • Lloyd Anderson 71' red substitution 85'

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Philip Lowry green substitution 68'
  • Adam Lecky green substitution 68'
  • James Teelan green substitution 85'
  • Mikhail Kennedy green substitution 85'
  • Jay Boyd
  • Jonathan James

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Daniel Finlayson
  • Euan East 45'
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 69'
  • Kyle McClean
  • Ben Hall 75'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick 80'
  • Rhys Annett 56' red substitution 60'
  • Joshua Archer

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Michael Newberry
  • Darragh McBrien green substitution 69'
  • Chris McKee green substitution 60'
  • Ryan McKay
  • Aodhan Doherty
  • Braiden Graham

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