Paul Heatley (27)
Gavin Whyte (37)

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Andrew Waterworth (29)
Billy Joe Burns (OG) (59)

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Paul Heatley celebrates with Declan Caddell after opening the scoring (Picture: Brian Little/PressEye.com)

CRUES TWICE LOSE LEAD BUT REMAIN TOP OF THE PILE

Crusaders remain top of the Danske Bank Premiership following an entertaining 2-2 draw with Linfield at Seaview.

The Crues moved in front after 27 minutes courtesy of a Paul Heatley volley after Jordan Owens had touched on a Craig McClean cross.

But Linfield levelled just a couple of minutes later. 

Ivan Sproule made the most of some poor defending to lay the ball off for Aaron Burns who saw his deflected shot turned home at the back post by Andrew Waterworth.

Crusaders regained the advantage eight minutes from the break when Sean Ward hesitated just long enough for Gavin Whyte to race clear to slot the ball beyond Johnny Tuffey.

The Blues had the ball in the net early in the second half but Waterworth's 'goal' was ruled out offside.

However, they did get back on equal terms a minute from the hour after Billy Joe Burn's attempted clearance of a Sproule cross from the right bounced off Michael Carvill and past the stranded Sean O'Neill.

Timmy Adamson might have restored Crusaders' advantage midway through the second half only to head over from close range despite being well placed.

And six minutes from time Josh Robinson also came close with a long-range drive which Tuffey did well to turn over as Stephen Baxter's side looked the more likely to score again.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Magowan, Coates, McClean, Morrow, Caddell, Whyte, Heatley, Adamson, Owens subs Clarke (not used), Robinson (replaced Morrow 75), O'Carroll (not used), McCutcheon (replaced Adamson 78), Hanley (not used)

Linfield: Tuffey, Hegarty, Haughey, Waterworth, Lowry, Carvill, Burns, Ward, Sproule, Quinn, R. Clarke subs Ross Glendinning (not used), Thompson (replaced Sproule 69), Millar (not used), Mulgrew (not used), Clucas (not used)

Referee: Ross Dunlop

Attendance: 2374

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