Danske Bank Premiership Round-Up: Crusaders snatch late point away to Cliftonville as two games fall foul of the weather ahead of Covid-19 break

Sat, Jan 09 2021

A late injury time leveller from Ben Kennedy snatched a point from the jaws of defeat for Crusaders this afternoon away to Cliftonville.

The Crues game against Cliftonville was the only game that took place this weekend in the Danske Bank Premiership, as both poor playing conditions and Covid-19 combined to halt much of this weekend’s planned action.

Former Northern Ireland under-21 international Jamie McGonigle gave Crusaders an early first-half lead as he scored from the spot in the 4th minute.

However, Crusaders lost their lead just before the half-time break as Rory Hale – who only recently left the club for Cliftonville – saw his shot at the back post creep over the line for the Reds.

Cliftonville would take the lead then just moments into the second-half as defender Chris Hegarty turned into his own net after a Conor McDermott cross was delivered into the six-yard box.

But the Reds could not hold out as Kennedy slotted home from the spot to move Crusaders to within a point of second-placed Larne, although they have played a game more than them.

The games between Carrick Rangers and Coleraine, and Warrenpoint Town and Dungannon Swifts were both called off due to frozen pitches.

Due to the Covid-19 situation in Northern Ireland, the planned games between Linfield and Glentoran, and Portadown were postponed earlier in the week.

The postponements followed news that Ballymena United v Coleraine and Carrick Rangers v Larne were called off.

As a result of multiple Covid-19 cases at Danske Bank Premiership clubs, the league will take a three week break and return on January 23rd.  

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