Ryan Nimick and Jordan Hughes in action (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Two goals either side of the break saw Crusaders overcome the challenge of Dundela at Seaview.
The Duns stunned their hosts after just 17 minutes when Jordan Hughes swept the ball into the bottom corner after Mark McClelland held the ball up to create the opening.
David Cushley might have levelled for the Crues just before the half-hour mark only to hit the crossbar from a set piece before Mark McAllister did find the equaliser five minutes from the break when, with his back to goal, he swivelled to fire beyond 'keeper Ryan McBride.
Then, two minutes into the second half, Ryan Nimick grabbed what proved to be the winner with a right-foot flick at the near post after connecting with a corner.
Crusaders: Dougherty, Beverland, Ward, McAllister, Cushley, McClean, Snoddy, Glackin, Whyte, Nimick, Kerr subs Lowry (replaced Nimick 65), Carvill (not used), Forsythe (replaced McAllister 65), Owens (not used), Smith (not used)
Dundela: McBride, King, Calvert, Devine, Morrison, Murdock, McMaster, Beggs, Hughes, McClelland, Burns subs Black (replaced Hughes 67), Brown (replaced Calvert 82), Irwin (replaced Devine 80), McCain (not used), Browne (not used)
Referee: Steven Gregg