Crues ease past Linfield

Crusaders 3 - 0 Linfield
Published Monday, 18 March 2013
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Crusaders closed the gap on runaway leaders Cliftonville to 14 points with a superb 3-0 win over Linfield at Seaview on Monday.

Crues ease past Linfield
Crusaders Jordan Owens celebrates in the side's match against Linfield. (© Pacemaker)

Stephen Baxter's men still have a game in hand and can cut the gap even further, but this result also went a long way to deciding second spot with Linfield now five points off the pace.

It had all started so brightly for the Blues with Peter Thompson going close with a header and Michael Carvill hitting a thumping drive that Crues keeper Lacroix brilliantly pushed behind for a corner.

The Crues had a goal ruled out for offside when Paul Heatly had a shot pushed into the path of Jordan Owens but no sooner had he tapped the ball home the flag went up.

The home side were getting more into the game and struck the front on 23 minutes. It was a superb break by Craig McClean who picked out Owens who had drifted to the edge of the box and he clipped a shot into the top corner of the net for his 12th goal of the league campaign.

Paul Heatly was out of luck on 37 minutes when he connected with a knock down by Owens, the ball smashing off the top of the bar.

Eight minutes later and it was 2-0 as the Linfield back line was ripped apart with Timmy Adamson laying the ball into the path of Declan Caddell who ran on to fire past an exposed Glendinning.

It was to get even worse for the visitors soon after the restart with Owens grabbing his second of the night. Adamson was again the provider when he ran onto a long ball out of defence, he cut it back into the middle for the unmarked Owens and he drilled the ball home on 54 minutes.

The industrious Declan Caddell should have made it 4-0 when he broke clear of the Linfield defence but after doing all the hard work he fired wide of the left hand post.

Linfield kept plugging away and went close to pulling a goal back through Billy Joe Burns and Philip Lowry, but in the end Crusaders were worthy winners and their unbeaten league run this season at Seaview continues.

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8 Comments
ROBERT MCKENZIE in S.BELFAST wrote (529 days ago):
YES IT IS GREAT FOR OUR TEAM TO PLAY "LOVELY FOOTBALL", BUT SURELY MORE IMPORTANT TO WIN TROPHIES! ASK OUR FRIENDS FROM THE EAST! THE NORTHERN NAMES YOU MENTION WERE GREAT PLAYERS FOR US, BUT PERHAPS A LITTLE INEXPERIENCED AT PRESENT TO TAKE THE HELM. IF THERE IS SOMEONE IN THE SOUTH, WHO WOULD DO A BETTER JOB THAN DJ THEN I WOULD WELCOME THEM. HOWEVER I BELIEVE DJ SHOULD BE GIVEN AT LEAST ANOTHER SEASON TO PUT THINGS RIGHT.
oneteaminblue in Tyrone wrote (529 days ago):
Robert, can you honestly say what has been mentioned in the posts previous to yours is untrue? Douglas as a centre back??!! Have we played good football? Is Jeffrey tactically astute (I feel ridiculous asking the question!), are we not 'long-ball Linfield'? How many times I have heard in the stands at Windsor fans crying out 'Play it on the ground!' Who could replace Davy? Yes a good motivator he is, but anyone with a bit of football wit could get us to play the game on the grass and we could be relieved of our neck strain. And a manager who can get players to pass the ball and hold on to it for longer than 5 seconds! Possible managers: granted there aren't many candidates within the Irish League but Oran Kearney or Glenn Ferguson could do a job. I heard someone mention former Republic boss Brian Kerr - a high profile name. I would look south for a potential manager and definitely for playing talent!
ROBERT MCKENZIE in S.BELFAST wrote (529 days ago):
EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION. THAT IS WHAT MAKES FOOTBALL SUCH A GREAT GAME! HOWEVER TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE ANTI DJ WHO WOULD YOU HAVE AT THE HELM AND WHY WOULD THEY DO A BETTER JOB (IF THAT'S POSSIBLE)?
Flag Man in Red Army Mechanised Armour Division wrote (530 days ago):
Lets all laugh at Linfield. I for one am thoroughly enjoying the demise of the Belfast Blues. Keep the RED flag flying high.
Tendwayi in Antrim wrote (531 days ago):
Record, record, record, that's all I hear about Davy. Jeffrey has gradually built the worst Linfield team in 20 years, declining season on season for the last 3 years at least. We won the league the last few years playing anything but attractive football. We're a hoofball team who play percentage football into the oppositions box. Opposing managers know this and with a decent centre half or two, opposition teams can totally wipe out our attacking 'threat'. What other manager in the world would be so oblivious to the weaknesses of Thompson, Gault, Winkie & Dougie etc and yet keep playing them week in week out. It's almost as if he wants sacked. Wake up and smell the coffee, we'll never win the league under DJ again. He's tactically inept (Setanta results, European results (esp v Torshavn), signing mediocre Irish league journeymen, lack of substitutions, panic subs (defender off, striker on), no wingers at the club for about 5 years, Gault as Captain) and has been for a while.
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