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Live Reporting

Richard Petrie

All times stated are UK

  1. Over and out

    Linfield 0-2 Crusaders

    That's all from our live coverage of this afternoon's Charity Shield game at Windsor Park as Crusaders come away with the silverware.

    We will have coverage of Linfield's European second leg in Europe on Thursday night and then the first live stream of the new season on Friday night sees Larne face Glentoran in a tasty looking encounter at Inver Park.

    You can watch full live coverage of that game on the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.

    Bye for now and have a nice evening.

  2. Shield presentation

    Linfield 0-2 Crusaders

    Three months after lifting the Irish Cup at Windsor Park, Crusaders captain Billy Joe Burns is being presented with the Charity Shield on the pitch.

    Not quite the same celebrations or sense of occasion but Crues manager Stephen Baxter will see this as a good confidence-booster ahead of the start of the new Premiership campaign.

    The north Belfast club will begin their league campaign with a home game against Dungannon Swifts next Saturday, with Linfield entertaining Portadown the following day.

    Before that, the Blues have the small matter of the second leg of their Europa League qualifier against FC Zurich to come on Thursday. They trail 2-0 after the first leg.


    Linfield 0-2 Crusaders

    The referee blows his whistle and it's Crusaders who become the first winners of the Irish league's version of the Charity Shield since 2017.

    After a tepid first half, goals from Paul Heatley and Rory McKeown proved the difference between the sides.

    Image caption: FULL-TIME
  4. Crues double their lead

    Linfield 0-2 Crusaders

    Watch Crusaders summer signing Rory McKeown double his side's advantage with a clinical finish.

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    Video caption: Rory McKeown doubles Crusaders lead at Windsor
  5. Heatley stunner

    Linfield 0-2 Crusaders

    Watch Paul Heatley curl home an exquisite opening goal for Crusaders.

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    Video caption: Heatley opens the scoring with a superb finish
  6. Heatley still has it

    Linfield 0-2 Crusaders

    Mark Sterling

    BBC Sport NI at Windsor Park

    Paul Heatley has always been pure quality - and he very much still is.

    He's approaching that stage where us media types will be calling him a veteran, but he reminded everyone of his class in both of those quickfire Crusaders goals.

    His goal to give his side the lead, just minutes after coming on, was classic Heatley - a beautiful curling lob into the top corner.

    Minutes later he showed all the composure in the world to deliver a perfectly-timed pass into Rory McKeown's path to allow him to slot the second.

    Paul Heatley - still delivering after all these years.

  7. GOAL

    Linfield 0-2 Crusaders

    Four minutes after their first goal, Crusaders have a second as summer signing Rory McKeown finds the net.

    Paul Heatley was the architect this time, showing fine composure in the box to slip a pass to McKeown who drilled a low shot under Walsh.

    Long way back for Linfield now.

  8. GOAL

    Linfield 0-1 Crusaders

    We have our opening goal - and what a lovely goal it was, too.

    Crusaders winger Paul Heatley, not long off the bench, finds space in the box and curls an audacious lob over the outstretched David Walsh and into the far top corner of the net.

    A Heatley special!

  9. CLOSE!

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    Crusaders have just come desperately close twice in the space of a few minutes.

    Sub Jude Winchester found space in the box and had a flicked effort superbly saved by David Walsh before fellow sub Ross Clarke had Walsh beaten, only for Chris Shields to get back and clear off the line.

    Excellent defending.

  10. Post update

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    Linfield are starting to apply more and more pressure on Crusaders, with striker Chris McKee having shot well blocked and Joel Cooper having a low drive smartly saved by Jonny Tuffey.

    Approaching the 65-minute mark and still no goals, though.

  11. Post update

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    Joel Cooper needs few invitations to shoot and the Linfield winger came close there as he cut inside from the left before drilling a shot wide of the far post.

  12. Post update

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    Jordan Stewart goes down in the area but referee Chris Morrison waves away penalty appeals.

    Both sides have begun the second half with a greater sense of purpose.

  13. KICK-OFF

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    The second half is underway. Crusaders are playing towards the West Stand in this second 45.

  14. Post update

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    Mark Sterling

    BBC Sport NI at Windsor Park

    Not a half of football that too many people inside Windsor Park are going to remember for a long time.

    However, there were definite signs of the intensity beginning to rise somewhat in the final 10 minutes - largely due to fierce challenges rather than ingenuity - but it at least started to get the crowd going.

    Crusaders have created the better chances and may feel they should be ahead, but we probably face risk of a raft of second-half changes as both managers look to give players game time.

  15. Teams deadlocked at half-time

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    Image caption: Half-time score at Windsor Park

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    First 45 minutes done and dusted and neither side have been able to break the stalemate so far in what has been a bit of a dreary contest

    Chances have been at a premium in all honesty so here's hoping for some goals in the second half to spark the match into life.

    More of a useful pre-season workout than anything else for the two teams at this stage.

  17. In the picture....

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    Image caption: Joel Cooper shields the ball from Billy Joe Burns during the first half at Windsor Park
  18. Post update

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    Kirk Millar tries his luck with a free-kick from outside the area but the ball flies way off target and was never in danger of troubling Jonny Tuffey.

    That is followed by some neat interplay from the Blues but they are unable to find the decisive pass into the area and Tuffey gathers easily.

  19. Post update

    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    Mark Sterling

    BBC Sport NI at Windsor Park

    There's been no escaping the low-key nature of this game given how quiet it has been inside Windsor Park so far, with the Crusaders fans in the far end of The Kop doing what little singing there has been.

    However, the noise levels have started to rise ever-so-slightly in the last few minutes with a few late challenges flying in and refereeing decisions being contested.

    We'll have some more of that higher tempo, please.


    Linfield 0-0 Crusaders

    Well, a good save at least!

    Ben Kennedy tests Blues goalkeeper David Walsh with a well-struck long-range left-foot shot but the home stopper collects relatively comfortably.

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