Philip Lowry in action with Andreas Erikson (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)


Crusaders will take a two-goal advantage with them to the Faroe Islands next week following this first leg Europa League victory over B36 at Seaview.

The Crues could have raced into the lead inside the opening seconds when Jordan Owens was upended by Eli Nielsen but failed to send the subsequent penalty past keeper Hans Jørgensen after referee Igal Frid pointed to the spot.

Jørgensen was called into action again moments later to save a Jordan Forsythe header while further early opportunities came through Owens again, Howard Beverland and then Philip Lowry.

Despite this, B36 almost grabbed the lead just short of the half-hour mark through Ami Frederiksberg's strike against the crossbar wth a curling free-kick while Alex Mellemgaard sent his follow-up wide.

However, the Crues got the goal their earlier endeavours deserved on 33 minutes when Chris Hegarty headed home the edge of the six-yard box after connecting with a Billy Joe Burns cross from the right.

Chances were at a premium after the break with neither side looking likely to add to the scoring.

That was, however, until the 79th minute when Lowry doubled the home advantage with a guided finish low into the far corner after David Cushley had flicked on a long ball.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Hegarty, Beverland, Lowry, Caddell, Forsythe, Ruddy, J. Owens, Heatley, Clarke subs H. Doherty (not used), Ward (not used), Rn. Hale (not used), Rr. Hale (replaced Caddell 63), Cushley (replaced Heatley 78), O'Rourke (not used), Thompson (replaced Forsythe 90+9)

B36: Jørgensen, Eriksen, Næs, M. Jacobsen, Nielsen, Frederiksberg, Cieslewicz, Mellemgaard, E. Jacobsen, Heinesen, Przybylski subs Hansen (not used), Petersen (not used), Radosavlevic (replaced Heinesen 60), Agnarsson (replaced Przybylski 90+1), B. Jacobsen (replaced Cieslewicz 90+7), H. Samuelsen (not used), G. Samuelsen (not used)

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