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Linfield 2-0 Crusaders


Linfield beat Crusaders to move back to the top of the Carling Premiership but the game is marred by an ugly brawl

Linfield moved to the top of the Premiership by beating Crusaders despite having international striker Peter Thompson sent-off.

The Blues took the lead in the 42nd minute when Philip Lowry slammed in from close-range when the ball fell to him at the far post.

Thompson was off just before half-time with referee Colin Burns signalling an elbowing offence on Colin Coates.

Curtis Allen's 55th-minute penalty made it 2-0 after a foul on Jamie Mulgrew.

In the first half, things had threatened to boil over with players getting involved in an ugly brawl which ended with Thompson and Jordan Owens being booked.

Lowry then got the opener after a free-kick had been driven into the penalty area with the ball falling for the former Institute midfielder at the back post.

Linfield felt they should have had a penalty when Crusaders keeper Chris Keenan brought Michael Carvill down.

Then came the straight red card for on-loan striker Thompson in first-half stoppage time.

When Linfield doubled their lead - the spot-kick awarded for Gareth McKeown's foul on Mulgrew - it took the competitive edge off the game with the Blues looking comfortable despite being a man short.

With leaders Cliftonville and second-placed Glentoran both losing on Tuesday night, David Jeffrey's men find themselves a point clear at the top of the table.

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see also
Crusaders 0-4 Linfield
10 Oct 09 |  Irish
Linfield 0-1 Crusaders
15 Aug 09 |  Irish

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