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Crusaders put five past Linfield in Windsor seven-goal thriller

Linfield 2-5 Crusaders

Title holders Linfield were dealt a blow to their championship hopes as Crusaders put five past them in a seven-goal thriller at Windsor.

It's the first time Linfield have conceded five at home since 1994.

Paul Heatley opened the scoring after 22 minutes only for Mark Stafford to double the visitor's lead with an own goal. Stafford then made amends with a header clawing one back for Healy's men.

A minute before the break Gavin Whyte restored the Crus' two-goal lead.

An Aaron Burns header on the 56th minute mark gave the home side a glimmer of hope with the score at 3-2.

But that was as good as it got for the Windsor faithful. 

Another own goal, this time from Jimmy Callacher, and a fifth from Philip Lowry ensured the Hatchetmen went home with the points and the bragging rights.

Crusaders move into third in Danske Bank Premiership on 23 points, eight points behind leaders Coleraine. Linfield have now lost three in a row and sit fourth on 21 points.

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