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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 31 August 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 908

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Crusaders home-team
3 FT 0
away-team Dungannon Swifts
  •   Billy Joe Burns 40'
  •   Philip Lowry 5' 62'
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Billy Joe Burns doubles Crusaders' lead ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

THREE AND EASY FOR THE CRUES

Crusaders swept to a three-goal victory over Dungannon Swifts in this top of the table clash at Seaview.

It took the Crues just five minutes to open the scoring when, following a bout of miscommunication in the Swifts defence, Philip Lowry fired a low shot past Swifts keeper Sam Johnston.

Boosted by this, Crusaders pushed to extend their advantage when Lowry fired into the side netting while David Cushley was only denied by a Ross Redman clearance off the line.

Further chances came through Gavin Hegarty but this header was palmed away by Johnston before Jarlath O'Rourke fired narrowly wide on the edge of the box.

The Swifts did have an opportunity to level through Kris Lowe after he was played through by Oisin Smyth but Crues keeper Sean O'Neill did well to did with the threat.

Crusaders then doubled their lead five minutes from the break when Lowry turned provider to tee up Billy Joe Burns to drill a half volley across goal into the net.

It was almost 3-0 on 61 minutes after Lowry found himself through but he couldn't control the ball with Cushley firing into the side netting.

But, around sixty seconds after that, Lowry did knock home a third when the ball fell for him after Paul Heatley's initial effort produced a great save from Johnston.

Indeed, if it wasn't for Johnston, the Crues could have raced to a much more emphatic margin of victory with Heatley seeing a 78th minute effort blocked while substitute Harry Robinson was denied after the Swifts keeper raced off his line to snuff the danger out.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Coates, Burns, Hegarty, Lowry, Hale, Cushley, O'Rourke, Thompson, Heatley, Clarke subs Shields (not used), Beverland (not used), Ward (not used), McGonigle (replaced Thompson 71), Caddell (replaced Cushley 81), Ruddy (not used), Robinson (replaced Heatley 81)

Dungannon Swifts: Johnston, Redman, Wilson, King, Clucas, Smyth, Patton, Lowe, Carvill, McGuinness, Waide subs Byrne (not used), Taylor (not used), McGinty (not used), Gallagher (replaced Patton 55), Harwood (replaced McGuinness 67), Campbell (replaced Carvill 70), Devlin (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   3 - 0 Dungannon Swifts
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Harry Robinson

    Unregistered Players

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Carvill

    Dungannon Swifts

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rhyss Campbell

    Dungannon Swifts

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Caomhan McGuinness

    Unregistered Players

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Harwood

    Ards

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    63'
  • GOAL

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    62'
  •  Yellow Card

    Oisin Smyth

    Dungannon Swifts

    58'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Patton

    Dungannon Swifts

    55'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Gallagher

    Dungannon Swifts

    55'
  • GOAL

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    40'
  •  Yellow Card

    Michael Carvill

    Dungannon Swifts

    26'
  • GOAL

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    5'

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns 40'
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Colin Coates
  • Philip Lowry 5' 62'
  • Rory Hale
  • David Cushley 63' red substitution 81'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Gary Thompson red substitution 71'
  • Paul Heatley red substitution 81'
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutes

  • Howard Beverland
  • Sean Ward
  • Jamie McGonigle green substitution 71'
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Declan Caddell green substitution 81'
  • Neil Shields
  • Harry Robinson green substitution 81'

Dungannon Swifts

  • Sam Johnston
  • Douglas Wilson
  • Ross Redman
  • Dylan King
  • Seanan Clucas
  • Oisin Smyth 58'
  • Mark Patton red substitution 55'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Michael Carvill 26' red substitution 70'
  • Caomhan McGuinness red substitution 67'
  • Ryan Waide

Substitutes

  • Conner Byrne
  • Craig Taylor
  • Cahal McGinty
  • Ben Gallagher green substitution 55'
  • Adam Harwood green substitution 67'
  • Rhyss Campbell green substitution 70'
  • Terry Devlin

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Dungannon Swifts

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