Swifts scorer Douglas Wilson tangles with Michael Ruddy (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)
Saturday, 09 February 2019
Dungannon Swifts defeated Crusaders at Stangmore Park for the second time this season thanks to a second half goal from Douglas Wilson.
Crusaders started brightly with David Cushley seeing an effort saved by Alex Moore and Declan Caddell heading over before Cushley smashed the ball off the crossbar all inside the opening quarter-of-an-hour.
Indeed, Stephen Baxter's side looked the more likely to find a way through as the first half progressed with Jordan Forsythe looking on as Moore saved his header from Reece McGinley's cross while Cushley saw another shot saved by the Swifts keeper.
Cushley did have the ball in the net early in the second half but the match officials ruled Caddell had strayed offside and duly ruled the effort out.
But the Swifts started to press, almost going in front on 58 minutes through Johnny Lafferty who forced Sean O'Neill into tipping the ball behind.
Then, on the hour, Kris Lindsay's side edged into the lead when Wilson connected with a Jarlath O'Rourke header to turn home what proved to be the match winner.
It was almost a short lived advantage when Cushley got on the end of a McGinley flick only for Moore to make the save and O'Rourke to then clear off the line.
As the game wound down Colin Coates had another chance for the Crues, heading narrowly over from a McGinley cross while Cushley fired wide and Rory Patterson attempted a lob over Moore in stoppage time.
Dungannon Swifts: Moore, Dykes, Wilson, Armstrong, Clucas, McElroy, Teggart, O'Rourke, Lafferty, Campbell, Smyth subs Moran (not used), Patton (not used), McGinty (not used), Marito Marcal (not used), Gallagher (not used), Bell (not used), Lindsay (not used)
Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Coates, Ward, Cushley, Caddell, Forsythe, Ruddy, Clarke, McGinley, Rr. Hale subs Doherty (not used), McChrystal (not used), Lowry (replaced Forsythe 72), Holden (not used), Snoddy (not used), Patterson (replaced Rr. Hale 65), Rn. Hale (replaced Clarke 65)
Referee: Tony Clarke
|Billy Joe Burns|