Match Details
Season :
2019/2020
Date :
4th October 2019
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
Seaview
Referee :
Arnold Hunter
Crusaders Scorer :
Rory Hale 48
Linfield Yellow Cards :
Quinn, Stafford, Lavery
Crusaders Yellow Cards :
Owens, Hegarty, R. Clarke, Heatley, Caddell, Doherty
Teams
Linfield Team :
Rohan Ferguson (GK), Niall Quinn, Mark Stafford, Jimmy Callacher, Matthew Clarke (Andy Waterworth 75’), Kirk Millar, Bastien Hery (Matthew Shevlin 83’), Stephen Fallon, Jamie Mulgrew (C), Joel Cooper (Daniel Reynolds 88’), Shayne Lavery
Linfield Subs not used :
Gareth Deane (GK), Ross Larkin, Ryan McGivern, Andrew Mitchell
Crusaders Team :
Gerard Doherty (GK), Jordan Forsythe, Howard Beverland, Chris Hegarty, Billy Joe Burns, Declan Caddell, Rory Hale (Gary Thompson 68’), Philip Lowry, Ross Clarke (Michael Ruddy 90’’) Jordan Owens, Paul Heatley (Paul McElroy 90’)
Crusaders Subs not used :
Sean O'Neill, Sean Ward, Jamie McGonigle, David Cushley
Report
Linfield were defeated by a second half goal at Seaview as Crusaders took the three points in north Belfast this evening.

The first half at Seaview brought few chances, although Linfield were looking the more likely to score. The closest we came to a goal was midway through the first half when Stephen Fallon’s cross-come-shot from out left travelled untouched before flashing past Gerard Doherty’s far post by a small margin.

Matthew Clarke also threatened following a slick Linfield move. He drifted inside before exchanging passes with Bastien Hery on the edge of the box and his first-time shot was well held by Doherty.

Crusaders’ best effort came through the marauding Billy Joe Burns down the left. He did well to keep the ball in before beating Kirk Millar and he then fired an ambitious shot into the side netting from a tight angle.

Joel Cooper went close after a great ball in from Kirk Millar but the flying winger header just wide of Doherty’s post from inside the box.

Half Time: Crusaders 0 – 0 Linfield

The deadlock was broken three minutes into the second half as Stephen Baxter’s men took the lead. It was a strike of real quality to punish a defensive error from Linfield as Crues midfielder Rory Hale picked the ball up 25 yards from goal before curling a shot right into the top corner past Ferguson.

The Blues looked to hit back instantly and they very nearly did as Shayne Lavery nipped in down the right before pulling the ball back from Joel Cooper, who most likely would have scored only for a vital interception from Chris Hegarty.

A good piece of play from Crusaders almost brought them a second goal as Paul Heatley slipped in Ross Clarke who raced through, only to see his low shot brilliantly and crucially saved by the feet of Rohan Ferguson.

Philip Lowry tried his luck with a speculative effort from 40 yards and he almost pulled it off. Ferguson was off his line slightly but Lowry’s strike flew just wide.

In the end, despite dominating the possession, Linfield couldn’t find a way through the Crues’ backline, although they were unlucky not to snatch an equaliser in the fifth of six added minutes when Daniel Reynolds’ driven low strike was well kept out by the legs of Doherty.

Full Time: Crusaders 1 – 0 Linfield

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