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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 10 August 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 896

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Crusaders home-team
3 FT 0
away-team Carrick Rangers
  •   Jordan Owens 22'
  •   Paul Heatley 43'
  •   Ross Clarke 90+1'
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Caolan Loughran and Rory Hale keep an eye on the ball ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

CRUES SWEEP TO OPENING DAY WIN AT SEAVIEW

Crusaders knocked home three goals without reply at Seaview to get the new campaign off to a winning start with victory over Carrick Rangers.

The visitors might have opened the scoring early on after Lloyd Anderson played in Stewart Nixon at the end of a superb run but Jarlath O'Rourke was on hand to provide a timely interception.

Crusaders moved in front midway through the first half when Jordan Owens glanced Jordan Forsythe's throw-in downwards past Rangers keeper Aaron Hogg.

The sides traded chances as the first half progressed with Hogg doing well to keep out a Paul Heatley effort while, moments later, Billy Joe Burns cleared the danger after a Nixon header caused confusion in the home defence.

However the Crues doubled their advantage just before the break when Heatley got past the offside trap to chip a finish over Hogg ... and he might have added a third early in the second half but Hogg, on this occasion, produced a wonder save.

Carrick kept fighting and might have reduced the deficit on after the hour when Sean Ward was well placed to clear another Nixon effort off the line.

Hogg was called into action again on 89 minutes to tip an Owens header onto the crossbar but, early in stoppage time, the Crues did add a third when substitute Ross Clarke curled the ball into the net from the edge of the box.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Coates, Lowry, Ward, Hale, Forsythe, O'Rourke, J. Owens, Heatley, Clarke subs G. Doherty (not used), Beverland (replaced Hale 75), Cushley (not used), Caddell (not used), Ruddy (not used), Thompson (replaced Heatley 85), Mathieson (not used)

Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Neale, Surgenor, Loughran, Faulkner, Chapman, M. Kelly, D. Kelly, Nixon, Ferrin, Anderson subs Carson (not used), Houston (not used), Magill (not used), Smith (replaced M. Kelly 56), Sanusi (replaced Anderson 66), McDermott (not used), Gray (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   3 - 0 Carrick Rangers
  • GOAL

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    90+1'
  •  Yellow Card

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Howard Beverland

    Coleraine

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lloyd Anderson

    Carrick Rangers

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Abiola Sanusi

    Unregistered Players

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Kelly

    Newry City

    56'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Smith

    Carrick Rangers

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    James Ferrin

    Carrick Rangers

    53'
  • GOAL

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    43'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    22'

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Colin Coates
  • Philip Lowry
  • Sean Ward
  • Rory Hale red substitution 75'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Jordan Owens 22'
  • Paul Heatley red substitution 85' 43'
  • Ross Clarke 90+1'

Substitutes

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Howard Beverland green substitution 75'
  • David Cushley
  • Declan Caddell
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Gary Thompson 87' green substitution 85'
  • Tom Mathieson

Carrick Rangers

  • Aaron Hogg
  • Reece Neale
  • Mark Surgenor
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Lee Chapman
  • William Faulkner
  • Mark Kelly red substitution 56'
  • Daniel Kelly
  • Stewart Nixon
  • James Ferrin 53'
  • Lloyd Anderson red substitution 66'

Substitutes

  • Mark Carson
  • Lewis Houston
  • Daniel Magill
  • Michael Smith green substitution 56'
  • Abiola Sanusi green substitution 66'
  • Ashton McDermott
  • Adam Gray

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Carrick Rangers

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