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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 20 February 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Crusaders home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Jamie McGonigle 43'
  •   Paul Heatley 46'
  •   Joe McCready 12'
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Conor Keeley and Paul Heatley in action ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

McGONIGLE AND HEATLEY HELP CRUES TO THE POINTS

Two goals either side of the break helped Crusaders come from behind to defeat Ballymena United at Seaview.
 
United started the brighter of the two sides, coming close on 11 minutes when Ryan Waide's cross evaded Jonny Tuffey only to strike an upright.
 
Then, a minute later, Joe McCready fired the visitors in front with a close range finish after James Knowles' cross dropped in the box.
 
Ballymena continued to create the better chances, Knowles also caught Tuffey out with a free-kick while Paul McElroy just failed to reach Waide on the counter attack.
 
However, just before the break, the Crues got back on level terms in somewhat fortuitous circumstances when Jamie McGonigle found the net after his cross into the area seemed to be caught in the wind and curled past Ross Glendinning.
 
Buoyed by this, the Crues struck again in the opening moments of the second half when Paul Heatley showed great skill with his back to goal to send a superb overhead effort beyond Glendinning.
 
Heatley almost struck again just after the hour, he spotted Glendinning off his line but his effort from distance ultimately sailed wide of the target.
 
Looking to find a way back into the game, the visitors came close when Conor Keeley worked his way into the box only to fire wide.
 
Then, with just over ten minutes to go, Keeley was thwarted again when his header from Ross Redman's corner looked to be going in only to be cleared on the line by Chris Hegarty and Jordan Owens.
 
Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Wilson, Weir, Lowry, McGonigle, Caddell, O'Rourke, Owens, Heatley, Larmour subs Shields (not used), Hegarty (replaced Larmour 46), Kennedy (not used), Cushley (not used), Lecky (not used), Ruddy (not used), McGinley (not used)
 
Ballymena United: Glendinning, Redman, Knowles, McElroy, Waide, Hume, Ervin, Keeley, Kelly, Wylie, McCready subs D. Graham (not used), Kane (not used), McGrory (not used), Keenan (not used), S. Graham (replaced Waide 73), Beattie (replaced Ervin 90), Mathieson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   2 - 1 Ballymena United
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jim Ervin

    Ballymena United

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Spencer Beattie

    Ballymena United

    90'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jim Ervin

    Ballymena United

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • GOAL

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Larmour

    Crusaders

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Hegarty

    Crusaders

    46'
  • GOAL

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    43'
  •  Yellow Card

    Daniel Larmour

    Crusaders

    33'
  • GOAL

    Joe McCready

    Ballymena United

    12'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Robbie Weir
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jamie McGonigle 43'
  • Declan Caddell
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 85'
  • Jordan Owens
  • Paul Heatley 90' 46'
  • Daniel Larmour 33' red substitution 46'

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Chris Hegarty green substitution 46'
  • Ben Kennedy
  • David Cushley
  • Adam Lecky
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Reece McGinley

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Ross Redman
  • James Knowles red substitution 73'
  • Paul McElroy
  • Ryan Waide
  • Trai Hume
  • Jim Ervin 83' red substitution 90'
  • Conor Keeley
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Ben Wylie
  • Joe McCready 12'

Substitutes

  • Dylan Graham
  • Tony Kane
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Kavan Keenan
  • Sean Graham green substitution 73'
  • Spencer Beattie green substitution 90'
  • Tom Mathieson

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Ballymena United

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