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Drawing fire

Crusaders 1-1 Cliftonville

Joe Gormley struck a stunning long-range drive as Cliftonville maintained their recent upturn in North Belfast Derby form with a battling 1-1 draw against Crusaders at Seaview this afternoon.

Having had just a single stalemate to show for their efforts against the Crues in three-and-a-half-years worth of action, the Reds are now unbeaten in three meetings with their near neighbours – and had hoped to clock up another win when Gormley thundered in a majestic goal via the base of the crossbar in today’s Danske Bank Premiership clash.

Crusaders hit back almost instantly, however, courtesy of Paul Heatley’s precise finish, ensuring that both sides emerged with a share of the spoils.

Full report to follow…