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Match Centre

League Cup
Tuesday 3 December 2019 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Crusaders home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Institute
  •   David Cushley 37'
  •   Jordan Forsythe 52'
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David Cushley beats Gareth Brown to the ball ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

CRUES THROUGH TO LEAGUE CUP DECIDER

Crusaders comfortably secured a BetMcLean League Cup final berth with a 2-0 defeat of Institute at Seaview.

The sides exchanged half chances during the early proceedings. Colm McLaughlin and Gareth Brown had opportunities for 'Stute while the Crues threatened through Ross Clarke and Paul Heatley.

However, as the first half continued, the Crues looked the more likely to make their chances count with David Cushley, Clarke again and Colin Coates all testing keeper Paul Wells.

Coates was later denied by the woodwork after his header came off the inside of the right post before rolling along the line.

It was no surprise when, moments after that, Cushley finally edged the Crues in front when he ran onto a Clarke through ball to curl an effort past Wells.

And they had a chance to double their advantage before the break when Heatley connected with a perfectly weighted Cushley pass but Wells spread himself to make the save.

Crusaders doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half after a Clarke cross was cleared only as far as Jordan Forsythe who superbly volleyed home from just inside the area.

'Stute were then reduced to ten men just after the hour when Joe McCready was dismissed for a double challenge on Coates.

Although effectively over as a contest, Heatley almost added a third for the Crues only to be denied by another great stop from Wells.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Beverland, Coates, Lowry, McGonigle, Cushley, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Heatley, Clarke subs Doherty (not used), Hegarty (not used), Caddell (not used), Ruddy (not used), Thompson (replaced Forsythe 78), McGinley (replaced Cushley 84), McElroy (replaced Heatley 80)

Institute: Wells, R. Morrow, C. McLaughlin, D. Curry, Grace, Tourish, G. Brown, McCready, McCauley, Tweed, Crown subs R. Brown (not used), S. Curry (not used), J. Morrow (not used), Leppard (replaced Grace 73), McNamee (replaced D. Curry 54), Burke (replaced G. Brown 78), Bradley (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   2 - 0 Institute
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Reece McGinley

    Crusaders

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Gareth Brown

    Unregistered Players

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cormac Burke

    Institute

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Grace

    Unregistered Players

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shaun Leppard

    Institute

    73'
  •  Red Card

    Joe McCready

    Ballymena United

    63'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor Tourish

    Unregistered Players

    61'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    57'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Dean Curry

    Ballinamallard United

    54'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shane McNamee

    Unregistered Players

    54'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    52'
  • GOAL

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    37'

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Howard Beverland
  • Colin Coates
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jamie McGonigle
  • David Cushley red substitution 84' 37'
  • Jordan Forsythe 57' red substitution 78' 52'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Paul Heatley red substitution 80'
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutes

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Declan Caddell
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Gary Thompson green substitution 78'
  • Reece McGinley green substitution 84'
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 80'

Institute

  • Paul Wells
  • Ryan Morrow
  • Colm McLaughlin
  • Dean Curry red substitution 54'
  • Niall Grace red substitution 73'
  • Conor Tourish 61'
  • Gareth Brown red substitution 78'
  • Joe McCready 63'
  • Aidan McCauley
  • Evan Tweed
  • Graham Crown

Substitutes

  • Rory Brown
  • Stephen Curry
  • Jake Morrow
  • Shaun Leppard green substitution 73'
  • Shane McNamee green substitution 54'
  • Cormac Burke green substitution 78'
  • Jack Bradley

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