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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 27 February 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Christopher Morrison

Crusaders home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Glenavon
  •   Conor McCloskey 89'
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Conor McCloskey celebrates scoring Glenavon's late winner ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

LATE McCLOSKEY STRIKE EARNS POINTS FOR GLENAVON

Conor McCloskey bagged a last gasp winner for Glenavon as they edged to victory over Crusaders at Seaview.
 
Both sides had chances during a scoreless first half. The Crues threatened when Paul Heatley got on the end of a Jordan Owens flick only for Andrew Doyle to make a timely tackle while a Jordan Forsythe free-kick that looked destined for the top corner was kept out by Craig Hyland.
 
For Glenavon Daniel Purkis perhaps came closest when the ball dropped well for him but he will be disappointed with his finish.
 
Crusaders were reduced to ten men very early in the second half when Aidan Wilson was booked for a tackle on Purkis, his second caution of the game.
 
Unfortunately it continued to be a game of few opportunities at either end, although Gareth McCaffrey did come close for Glenavon on 72 minutes with a looping header over from Andy Hall's cross.
 
All the drama was reserved for the final few moments.
 
On 89 minutes McCloskey grabbed what proved to be the winner with a superb 20-yard curling drive which flew past Jonny Tuffey in off an upright.
 
Then, deep into stoppage time, Chris Hegarty almost levelled for the Crues only to see his point blank header excellently tipped over by keeper Hyland.
 
Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Hegarty, Wilson, Weir, Lowry, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Owens, Heatley, McGinley subs Shields (not used), Kennedy (replaced McGinley 85), McGonigle (not used), Cushley (not used), Caddell (replaced Weir 75), Lecky (replaced Owens 77), Larmour (not used)
 
Glenavon: Hyland, Coates, A. Doyle, Purkis, Campbell, Hall, Fitzpatrick, McCloskey, Singleton, Garrett, Ward subs Byrne (not used), Harmon (not used), O'Mahony (replaced Campbell 80), Douglas (not used), J. Doyle (replaced Fitzpatrick 75), McCaffrey (replaced Purkis 61), McNulty (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   0 - 1 Glenavon
  •  Yellow Card

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    90+4'
  • GOAL

    Conor McCloskey

    Glenavon

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Reece McGinley

    Crusaders

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Peter Campbell

    Glenavon

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack O'Mahony

    Glenavon

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Glenavon

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Josh Doyle

    Glenavon

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor McCloskey

    Glenavon

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Purkis

    Glenavon

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gareth McCaffrey

    Glenavon

    61'
  •  Red Card

    Aidan Wilson

    Crusaders

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Glenavon

    42'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Aidan Wilson 46'
  • Robbie Weir red substitution 75'
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 90+4'
  • Jordan Owens 75' red substitution 77'
  • Paul Heatley
  • Reece McGinley red substitution 85'

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Ben Kennedy green substitution 85'
  • Jamie McGonigle
  • David Cushley
  • Declan Caddell green substitution 75'
  • Adam Lecky green substitution 77'
  • Daniel Larmour

Glenavon

  • Craig Hyland
  • Colin Coates
  • Andrew Doyle
  • Daniel Purkis red substitution 61'
  • Peter Campbell red substitution 80'
  • Andy Hall
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick 42' red substitution 75'
  • Conor McCloskey 63' 89'
  • James Singleton
  • Robert Garrett
  • Sean Ward

Substitutes

  • Conan Byrne
  • Aaron Harmon
  • Jack O'Mahony green substitution 80'
  • Calvin Douglas
  • Josh Doyle green substitution 75'
  • Gareth McCaffrey green substitution 61'
  • Lee McNulty

Crusaders

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Glenavon

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