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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 15 March 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 802

Crusaders home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Philip Lowry 9'
  •   Jonathan McMurray 66'
  •   Ryan Waide 53'
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Johnny McMurray celebrates knocking home the Crues winner ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

LOWRY AND McMURRAY ON TARGET FOR CRUES

Goals from Philip Lowry and Johnny McMurray helped Crusaders to victory over Ballymena United at Seaview.

The Crues got off to a bright start and deservedly moved in front after nine minutes when Lowry got past Mal Smith to get the last touch to Ross Clarke's brilliantly delivered cross.

United came close to levelling when Smith turned provider for Steven McCullough who could only direct the ball straight at Jonny Tuffey while, at the other, Sam Johnston pulled off a superb stop to thwart Ben Kennedy.

Stephen Baxter's side pushed for a second goal before the break, and might have grabbed it when BJ Burns went close from Kennedy's cross before McMurray sent an effort over from 25 yards.

The Crues enjoyed a couple of efforts early in the second half through McMurray and Adam Lecky but, on 53 minutes, United levelled after Ryan Waide fired home from six yards after Leroy Millar had done the hard work with the run and cross from the left.

The home side might have regained the advantage not long after that only for McCullough to clear Lecky's effort off the line, and then Lowry did have the ball in the net again but it was ruled out following a challenge on Johnston.

But number two for the Crues - and the winner - did arrive on 66 minutes after McMurray ran onto Robbie Weir's through ball to round Johnston and easily slot home.

And there was almost a third late on but Jordan Forsythe will feel he could have done better in space only to fire straight at Johnston.

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Hegarty, Wilson, Weir, Lowry, Kennedy, Lecky, Forsythe, Clarke, McMurray subs Shields (not used), Doyle (not used), L. Patterson (not used), Owens (replaced Kennedy 89), Heatley (replaced Lecky 81), J. Patterson (not used), Barr (replaced Wilson 89)

Ballymena United: Johnston, Waide, McCullough, Barr, Bramall, Loughran, Millar, Graham, Smith, Nelson, Place subs Redman (replaced Nelson 31), Kelly (replaced Barr 61), McElroy (replaced Place 73), Kane (replaced Bramall 73), McGrory (replaced Smith 73)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   2 - 1 Ballymena United
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aidan Wilson

    Glentoran

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lewis Barr

    Crusaders

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Bramall

    Unregistered Players

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Malachy Smith

    Glentoran

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Dungannon Swifts

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    61'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    53'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    36'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kym Nelson

    Ballymena United

    31'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Redman

    Ballymena United

    31'
  • GOAL

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    9'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Aidan Wilson red substitution 89'
  • Robbie Weir
  • Philip Lowry 9'
  • Ben Kennedy red substitution 89'
  • Adam Lecky red substitution 81'
  • Jordan Forsythe 36'
  • Ross Clarke
  • Jonathan McMurray 66'

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Brandon Doyle
  • Lewis Patterson
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 89'
  • Paul Heatley green substitution 81'
  • Jack Patterson
  • Lewis Barr green substitution 89'

Ballymena United

  • Sam Johnston
  • Ryan Waide 53'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Brendan Barr red substitution 61'
  • Daniel Bramall red substitution 73'
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Leroy Millar
  • Sean Graham
  • Malachy Smith red substitution 73'
  • Kym Nelson red substitution 31'
  • Mikey Place red substitution 73'

Substitutes

  • Ross Redman green substitution 31'
  • Joshua Kelly green substitution 61'
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 73'
  • Kenneth Kane green substitution 73'
  • Andrew McGrory green substitution 73'

Crusaders

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Ballymena United

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