Linfield cut Crues' lead after win at home to Cliftonville

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Linfield's Mark Haughey and Cliftonville's Stephen Garrett. Image courtesy of NIFL.

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Linfield emerged victorious in the Danske Bank Premiership second against third Belfast derby last night, beating Cliftonville 2-0 at Windsor Park.

David Healy's men cut the gap on leaders Crusaders to seven points, with seven games to play.


Two first-half goals did the damage - Stephen Lowry scored from the spot with Andy Waterworth adding a second.

In between, Jay Donnelly missed a penalty for the north Belfast side.


Blues striker Paul Smyth was named man of the match, earning praise from Northern Ireland's record scorer Healy.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lowry reckons the Blues can still catch Crusaders in the title race.

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle admits they were well beaten.

The Reds are just one point ahead of fourth-placed Coleraine and Lyttle says they need to get their act together to stay in the hunt for a European place.

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