Jordan Owens heads Crusaders in front (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Crusaders twice came from behind at The Oval to sweep past Glentoran and into the semi-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup.
Robbie McDaid fired the Glens in front after six minutes with a tap in from the rebound after Joe Crowe had hit the post from a Curtis Allen cross.
Crusaders levelled on 20 minutes. Gary Thompson got past Connor Pepper to send in a low cross which Jordan Owens turned past Elliott Morris.
However, Glentoran regained the advantage just before the half-hour mark after Allen combined with McDaid to finish into the bottom corner.
The visitors equalised for a second time around the hour thanks to David Cushley with a right-foot shot low into the corner before, four minutes after that, Owens doubled his tally with a back post header to hand Crusaders the lead for the first time.
And Stephen Baxter's side made sure of their spot in the semi-finals with an 85th minute finish from substitute Paul Heatley after he got clear of the home defence.
Glentoran: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Birney, Gallagher, Allen, McDaid, Kerr, Pepper, Redman, Ferrin subs Nelson, McMahon, Prentice, Gordon, McCarthy, O'Neill, Smyth
Crusaders: Doherty, Lowry, Ward, Cushley, Caddell, K. Owens, Ruddy, J. Owens, Brown, Thompson, Clarke subs O'Neill, McChrystal, Glackin, Forsythe, Snoddy, Heatley, Patterson
Referee: Arnold Hunter