Linfield came away from Seaview with a pleasing 2-0 win in the second league game of the new season.
Linfield lined up as follows
1 - Lauren Perry
2 - Mia Fitzsimmons
25 - Naomi Donnan
14 - Kelsie Burrows
16 - Clare Timoney
7 - Megan Bell
19 - Abbie Magee
97 - Chloe McCarron
22 - Louise McDaniel
26 - Caitlin McGuinness
11 - Kirsty McGuinness
18 - Rebecca McKenna - replaced Mia Fitzsimmons
9 - Rebecca Bassett - replaced Louise McDaniel
24 - Casey Howe - replaced Caitlin McGuinness
4 - Leah McCabe
17 - Hannah Moore
Linfield controlled the opening 20 minutes without being able to make the breakthrough but then Crusaders enjoyed a 15 minute spell where they created a few opportunities and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions,
Linfield took an 38th minute lead when the ball broke to defender Kelsie Burrows and she smashed home a great strike from just inside the box.
Two minutes later Kirsty McGuinness got on the end of a deep Megan Bell cross but her header found the arms of the home keeper.
Linfield doubled their advantage after 42 minutes - this time it was a Kirsty McGuinness free kick that was headed into the far bottom corner by Megan Bell.
Half time - Crusaders 0 Linfield 2
In the second half Linfield created numerous opportunities but couldn’t add to the score due to stubborn resistance from the home defence and keeper.
On 48 minutes a Megan Bell left wing cross was turned into her own crossbar by a home defender but the loose ball was cleared,
Captain Kirsty McGuinness shot just over the bar on 50 minutes and in the 54th minute a brilliant passing move from deep within Linfield’s own half ended with a shot by Kirsty McGuinness again just clearing the crossbar.
Rebecca McKenna was a 58th minute sub for young Mia Fitzsimmons and on the hour mark a Linfield corner was turned onto the post and Louise McDaniel’s follow up effort was cleared off the line.
On 65 minutes Louise McDaniel lobbed just over the bar following a left wing Kirsty McGuinness cross.
A few minutes later McDaniel drove forward from midfield but dragged her shot just wide of the post.
With 10 minutes remaining Casey Howe and Rebecca Bassett replaced Louise McDaniel and Caitlin McGuinness.
On 88 minutes a terrific Megan Bell shot brought out the best of the home keeper who pulled off a fine save, pushing the ball behind for a corner.
Player of the Match sponsored by Ronnie Morrison - Kelsie Burrows
Final score - Crusaders 0 Linfield 2
Linfield are next in league action on May 8 - away to Glentoran. The game is scheduled for Ulidia on the Ormeau Rd.