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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 10 January 2020 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Coleraine Showgrounds

Attendance: 1416

Referee: Ian McNabb

Coleraine home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Crusaders
  •   Jordan Owens 20'
football
Jordan Owens scored the only goal of the game ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

OWENS GIVES CRUES THE SHOWGROUNDS EDGE

Crusaders moved into second spot in the Danske Bank Premiership thanks to a narrow victory over fellow challengers Coleraine at The Showgrounds.

After a tentative start to proceedings the Crues moved in front with what proved to be the only goal of the evening when, on 20 minutes, Jordan Owens headed home at the far post after Jordan Forsythe had crossed from the right flank.

That sparked a flurry of activity in both goalmouths. Just two minutes after falling behind Coleraine were unlucky not to get back on level terms when an Eoin Bradley ball into the area was touched against his own post by Billy Joe Burns while, moments later, James McLaughlin saw an acrobatic effort superbly stopped by Gerard Doherty.

Then, almost straightaway, play switched to the other end with Jamie McGonigle only being denied by the feet of Coleraine keeper Chris Johns.

Johns then gathered another effort, this time from David Cushley, a few minutes after that.

Crusaders twice had chances just before the break to add to their lead when Paul Heatley did well to hold off Lyndon Kane to force Johns into a save before Owens almost profited on a defensive mistake only to fire across the face of goal.

Coleraine came out in determined mood after the interval in search of the equaliser. Josh Carson turned the ball just wide at the back post from Aaron Traynor's cross before Glackin ran into the box but could only fire over. Carson then had another chance after that but it took a deflection off Philip Lowry.

Perhaps their best chance of the evening came just after the hour when McLaughlin flicked a header goalbound in a crowded box only for Jarlath O'Rourke to preserve Crusaders' lead with a goalline clearance.

But it might have been 2-0 on 70 minutes when, following a Stephen O'Donnell error, Heatley found himself through but he failed to trouble Johns.

For all their industry Coleraine couldn't claw their way back into the game although O'Donnell did come close in the closing moments but could only head over from Glackin's cross.

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Canning, Doherty, Lowry, McLaughlin, Bradley, Carson, McConaghie, Glackin, Traynor subs Gallagher (not used), Douglas (not used), O'Donnell (replaced Canning 54), Parkhill (not used), Gawne (replaced Doherty 70), McGuckin (not used), Fitzpatrick (replaced McLaughlin 70)

Crusaders: Doherty, Burns, Lowry, McGonigle, Cushley, Caddell, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Owens, Brown, Heatley subs O'Neill (not used), Hegarty (not used), Beverland (not used), Ruddy (not used), Thompson (replaced Cushley 67), McGinley (not used), McElroy (replaced McGonigle 83)

  • FULL TIME
    Coleraine   0 - 1 Crusaders
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    83'
  •  Yellow Card

    Alex Gawne

    Carrick Rangers

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Coleraine

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Alex Gawne

    Carrick Rangers

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Glenavon

    70'
  •  Yellow Card

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    Gareth McConaghie

    Coleraine

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Canning

    Coleraine

    54'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen O'Donnell

    Coleraine

    54'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    20'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    14'
  •  Yellow Card

    Lyndon Kane

    Coleraine

    10'

Coleraine

  • Chris Johns
  • Lyndon Kane 10'
  • Aaron Canning red substitution 54'
  • Ben Doherty red substitution 70'
  • Stephen Lowry
  • Jamie Glackin
  • James McLaughlin red substitution 70'
  • Eoin Bradley
  • Josh Carson
  • Gareth McConaghie 66'
  • Aaron Traynor

Substitutes

  • Martin Gallagher
  • Steven Douglas
  • Stephen O'Donnell green substitution 54'
  • Ian Parkhill
  • Alex Gawne 76' green substitution 70'
  • Emmett McGuckin
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick green substitution 70'

Crusaders

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jamie McGonigle red substitution 83'
  • David Cushley red substitution 67'
  • Declan Caddell 14'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Jordan Owens 20'
  • Rodney Brown
  • Paul Heatley

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Howard Beverland
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Gary Thompson 68' green substitution 67'
  • Reece McGinley
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 83'

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