Crusaders 1-1 Linfield

Daryl Fordyce scored Linfield's equaliser against Crusaders
Daryl Fordyce scored Linfield's equaliser against Crusaders

Irish Cup finalists Crusaders and Linfield fielded understrength teams in the Premiership clash at Seaview.

Jordan Owens poked Crusaders into a 52nd-minute lead from close-range after Linfield keeper Stuart Addis failed to cut out Matthew Snoddy's cross.

There seemed to be some confusion between Addis and defender David Armstong in the goalmouth.

Linfield, already champions, equalised when Daryl Fordyce shot in first time from Mark McAllister's fine pass.

Linfield pressed for a winner but had to settle for the draw.

In the first half, Fordyce headed against the angle of crossbar and post from Robert Garrett's cross.

Garret then cleared a Jordan Owens header off the Linfield line.

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