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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 23 September 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 1368

Referee: Ian McNabb

Crusaders home-team
3 FT 0
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Philip Lowry 29'
  •   Jarlath O'Rourke 33'
  •   Jordan Forsythe 83'
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Jarlath O'Rourke doubled Crusaders' lead ©David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

CRUES SWEEP PAST SKY BLUES

Crusaders swept to a three-goal victory over Ballymena United at Seaview to move level on points at the top of the table.

After a dominant start two goals either side of the half-hour mark fired the Crues into a commanding position.

Philip Lowry opened the scoring on 29 minutes after he applied the finish from Adam Lecky's lay-off inside the area.

Then, four minutes after that, Jarlath O'Rourke made it 2-0. Again Lecky provided the assist after he knocked back Ross Clarke's pass for O'Rourke to drill home from close range.

The game continued to be largely one way traffic after the break with Lowry coming close to doubling his tally only to strike the crossbar before, with seven minutes remaining, Jordan Forsythe wrapped things up with a header from six yards after Clarke had sent over a corner.

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Weir, Lowry, Lecky, Forsythe, O’Rourke, Winchester, Larmour, Heatley, Clarke subs Murphy (not used), Ebbe (not used), Owens (not used), Thompson (replaced Weir 87), Snelgrove (replaced Clarke 87), McMurray (replaced Lecky 87), Barr (not used)

Ballymena United: O’Neill, Redman, McDaid, Kelly, McCullough, Kane, Gibson, Keeley, Graham, Tipton, Place subs Whiteside (not used), Loughran (not used), McElroy (replaced Tipton 82), Waide (not used), Henderson (replaced Graham 63), Parkhouse (replaced Gibson 82), Corbett (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   3 - 0 Ballymena United
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    McCauley Snelgrove

    Crusaders

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    87'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Gibson

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    George Tipton

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    82'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    76'
  •  Yellow Card

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack Henderson

    Ballymena United

    63'
  •  Yellow Card

    George Tipton

    Ballymena United

    54'
  • GOAL

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    33'
  • GOAL

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    29'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Robbie Weir red substitution 87'
  • Philip Lowry 29'
  • Adam Lecky red substitution 87'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 33'
  • Jordan Forsythe 83'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Daniel Larmour
  • Paul Heatley
  • Ross Clarke 76' red substitution 87'

Substitutes

  • Tom Murphy
  • Dean Ebbe
  • Jordan Owens
  • Gary Thompson green substitution 87'
  • McCauley Snelgrove green substitution 87'
  • Jonathan McMurray green substitution 87'
  • Lewis Barr

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Ross Redman
  • David McDaid
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Steven McCullough
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Jordan Gibson red substitution 82'
  • Conor Keeley
  • Sean Graham 63' red substitution 63'
  • George Tipton 54' red substitution 82'
  • Mikey Place

Substitutes

  • Scot Whiteside
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 82'
  • Ryan Waide
  • Jack Henderson green substitution 63'
  • David Parkhouse green substitution 82'
  • Jake Corbett
© David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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