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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 25 January 2020 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 1121

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Crusaders home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Declan Caddell 71'
  •   Ross Clarke 85'
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Declan Caddell gets to the ball ahead of Jonny Addis ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

CADDELL AND CLARKE ON TARGET AS CRUES ARE BACK ON TOP

Second half goals from Declan Caddell and Ross Clarke helped Crusaders claim the points from Ballymena United's visit to Seaview.

The Crues got off to bright start with early chances coming through Jordan Forsythe and Philip Lowry while, a little later, Jamie McGonigle tested keeper Ross Glendinning from 25 yards.

Ballymena's best effort of the scoreless first half came in the closing moments when Josh Kelly found himself in a good position after Forsythe had only partially cleared the ball but he could only drag his shot wide of the open goal.

Kelly had another chance for the visitors just after the hour but again failed to hit the target while Andy McGrory came close from just outside the area when he forced Gerard Doherty to tip the ball onto an upright. At the other end Lowry almost put the Crues in front but was blocked by a timely Kelly clearance.

However, the Crues did find a way through on 71 minutes. Forsythe was given time to deliver a cross into the area which Caddell headed across the face of goal beyond the reach of the diving Glendinning.

Then, with six minutes to go, Clarke made sure of the points for Stephen Baxter's side with a superbly delivered 25-yard free-kick into the bottom corner past a motionless Glendinning.

Crusaders: Doherty, Burns, Lowry, McGonigle, Caddell, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Owens, Brown, Thompson, Heatley subs O'Neill (not used), Beverland (not used), Cushley (replaced McGonigle 89), Ruddy (not used), Clarke (replaced Heatley 64), McElroy (not used), Dummigan (not used)

Ballymena United: Ross Glendinning, T. Kane, Addis, Whiteside, Friel, McGrory, Lecky, Millar, Reece Glendinning, Aaron Burns, Kelly subs Williamson (not used), Knowles (not used), McCullough (not used), K. Kane (not used), Carville (not used), Winchester (not used), Lavery (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   2 - 0 Ballymena United
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    89'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan Addis

    Ballymena United

    87'
  • GOAL

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    85'
  • GOAL

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    44'

Crusaders

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Billy Joe Burns 44'
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jamie McGonigle red substitution 89'
  • Declan Caddell 71'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Jordan Owens
  • Rodney Brown
  • Gary Thompson
  • Paul Heatley red substitution 64'

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Howard Beverland
  • David Cushley green substitution 89'
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Ross Clarke green substitution 64' 85'
  • Paul McElroy
  • Cameron Dummigan

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Tony Kane
  • Jonathan Addis 87'
  • Scot Whiteside
  • Cathair Friel
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Adam Lecky
  • Leroy Millar
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Aaron Burns
  • Joshua Kelly

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • James Knowles
  • Steven McCullough
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Declan Carville
  • Jude Winchester
  • Ross Lavery

Crusaders

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Ballymena United

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