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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 14 September 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 1044

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Crusaders home-team
3 FT 2
away-team Glenavon
  •   Philip Lowry 54'
  •   Paul Heatley 13'
  •   David Cushley 79p'
  •   Rhys Marshall 1'
  •   Andrew Mitchell 69p'
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Philip Lowry celebrates after heading Crusaders in front ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

CRUES WIN AGAIN TO STRETCH LEAD TO SIX POINTS

Crusaders moved six points clear at the top of the table following an entertaining victory over Glenavon at Seaview.

The league leaders fell behind after just 40 seconds when, from a Paddy Burns cross, Rhys Marshall headed Glenavon in front.

Crusaders levelled on 13 minutes, however, courtesy on an acrobatic volley from Paul Heatley after Jordan Forsythe found him unmarked with a chip into the box.

Stephen Baxter's side might have moved in front midway through the first half but were thwarted by a great stop from Johnny Tuffey who denied Philip Lowry after he pounced on a poor clearance from Andrew Doyle.

At the other end Andy Hall flashed a half volley just wide of Sean O'Neill's near post before play switched again for Jamie McGonigle to drag the ball the wrong side of Tuffey's right post.

Glenavon came close again moments from the break through a Robert Garrett 25-yard drive which O'Neill saved with Andrew Mitchell's follow up cleared off the line by Michael Ruddy.

Garrett had another go from distance early in the second half, this time a 30-yard free-kick, which O'Neill pushed around the post.

But, on 54 minutes, Lowry seized the advantage for the Crues with a close range header after Forsythe had flicked on a corner.

Mitchell had the ball in the net after that but he had been flagged offside in the build up although he wasn't to be denied on 69 minutes, slotting home from the spot after he had been upended by Howard Beverland.

Back came the Crues, regaining the lead ten minutes later with another penalty. Aaron Harmon was the guilty party with a foul on Heatley whilst David Cushley made no mistake with a clinical finish into the bottom corner.

Then, deep into stoppage time, referee Jamie Robinson pointed to the spot for the third time after a foul on Conor McCloskey but Glenavon's Josh Daniels could only look on as his penalty was saved by O'Neill with a dive to his left.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Hegarty, Beverland, Lowry, McGonigle, Hale, Forsythe, Ruddy, Heatley, Clarke subs Doherty (not used), Ward (not used), Cushley (replaced Clarke 73), Caddell (replaced McGonigle 86), K. Owens (not used), Thompson (not used), McElroy (replaced Hale 73)

Glenavon: Tuffey, Burns, Doyle, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Hall, Harmon, O'Mahony, Singleton, Garrett subs Taylor (not used), Larmour (replaced Singleton 63), McCloskey (replaced O'Mahony 59), Beggs (replaced Hall 84), Murray (not used), Jenkins (not used), Neill (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   3 - 2 Glenavon
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Hegarty

    Crusaders

    90+3'
  • GOAL

    David Cushley

    Carrick Rangers

    79p'
  • GOAL

    Andrew Mitchell

    Glentoran

    69p'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Unregistered Players

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    86'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew Doyle

    Glenavon

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Hall

    Glenavon

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle Beggs (1)

    Unregistered Players

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Carrick Rangers

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    73'
  •  Yellow Card

    Michael Ruddy

    Portadown

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James Singleton

    Glenavon

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Larmour

    Crusaders

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack O'Mahony

    Glenavon

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McCloskey

    Glenavon

    59'
  •  Yellow Card

    Robert Garrett

    Glenavon

    55'
  • GOAL

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    54'
  • GOAL

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    13'
  • GOAL

    Rhys Marshall

    Glentoran

    1'

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Chris Hegarty 90+3'
  • Howard Beverland
  • Philip Lowry 54'
  • Jamie McGonigle red substitution 86'
  • Rory Hale red substitution 73'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Michael Ruddy 64'
  • Paul Heatley 13'
  • Ross Clarke red substitution 73'

Substitutes

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Sean Ward
  • David Cushley green substitution 73' 79p'
  • Declan Caddell green substitution 86'
  • Kyle Owens
  • Gary Thompson
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 73'

Glenavon

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Patrick Burns
  • Andrew Doyle 85'
  • Josh Daniels
  • Rhys Marshall 1'
  • Andrew Mitchell 69p'
  • Andy Hall red substitution 84'
  • Aaron Harmon
  • Jack O'Mahony red substitution 59'
  • James Singleton red substitution 63'
  • Robert Garrett 55'

Substitutes

  • James Taylor
  • Daniel Larmour green substitution 63'
  • Conor McCloskey green substitution 59'
  • Kyle Beggs (1) green substitution 84'
  • Stephen Murray
  • Jordan Jenkins
  • Kyle Neill

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