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Aidan Watson turns away in delight after scoring the match winner (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/


CRUSADERS closed the gap in their chase for fourth spot with this defeat of struggling Glenavon at Seaview.

Both sides had decent opportunities in the opening exchanges with Andrew Mitchell seeing his 25-yard half-volley well saved by Sean O'Neill after 15 minutes.

At the other end Chris Morrow had a go from even further out but his 30-yard drive drifted just wide.

And Morrow came close again on 33 minutes with a low free-kick which Davy O'Hare did well to save.

The Crues finally moved in front five minutes after the break when Aidan Watson slid in at the back post after Declan Caddell had nodded on a long Paul Leeman ball.

David Rainey had the ball in the net seven minutes later but this was ruled out by referee Colin Burns for a foul on O'Hare.

Morrow was thwarted again just after when his header was nodded off the line.

Glenavon came within a whisker of salvaging a point right at the end after a Matthew Burrows turn and shot was tipped around a post by O'Neill.

Then, in stoppage time, the Crues 'keeper was called in action again to push over a 35-yard dipping Brendan Shannon drive.


Attendance: 641

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