EBBE, OWENS AND FORSYTHE ON TARGET FOR CRUES
Crusaders bounced back from their midweek reversal to extend their winning home streak to five games with victory over Newry City.
Dean Ebbe opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark with a near post header after Jordan Owens nodded on a ball delivered from wide on the left.
Daniel Larmour might have added a second with around ten minutes of the first half remaining only to see his volley from the edge of the box well saved by keeper Steven Maguire, while Ebbe had another chance but the ball fell just wide of the target.
Newry came close to levelling just after the hour when John McGovern's strike was palmed away by Jonny Tuffey but, not long after that, the Crues doubled their advantage with an Owens diving header from close range.
The visitors reduced the deficit with just under a quarter-of-an-hour remaining after Declan Carville sent Tuffey the wrong way from the spot, awarded after he had been brought down by Larmour.
But Jordan Forsythe restored Crusaders' two-goal cushion a few minutes later with a sensational lobbed finish over Maguire from just inside the Newry half.
Crusaders: Tuffey, Robinson, Weir, Lowry, Ebbe, Forsythe, O’Rourke, Owens, Winchester, Larmour, Clarke subs Murphy, Hegarty, Lecky, Stewart, Thompson, Boyd, Barr
Newry City: Maguire, King, N. Healy, McGivern, Lockhart, Teelan, McGovern, Donnelly, Scullion, Montgomery, Lusty subs Brady, Carville, Martin, Moan, B. Healy, Rocks, Sloan