HOME COMFORTS FOR CRUES OVER BANNSIDERS
Crusaders continued their impressive run of home form with a two-goal defeat of Coleraine at Seaview to leapfrog the Bannsiders into fourth spot.
After a relatively uneventful opening half-an-hour or so the Crues broke the deadlock when, on 36 minutes, Paul Heatley pounced on a defensive error from Coleraine skipper Stephen O'Donnell before sending a low finish past Gareth Deane into the bottom corner.
And Heatley might have doubled the home advantage right at the end of the first half in similar circumstances but on this occasion Deane denied Heatley with a save with his feet.
Ross Clarke came close to extending Crusaders' lead midway through the second half only to scuff the ball over the top from around ten yards.
At the other end Josh Carson had a go from distance with a free-kick, but this also went over the top.
The Crues made sure of the points, however, with four minutes remaining after Adam Lecky found the net from close range from another defensive mistake, this time after Philip Lowry had dispossessed Jack O'Mahony.
Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Robinson, Weir, Lowry, Lecky, Ebbe, Larmour, Heatley, McKeown, Clarke subs Murphy, Caddell, O'Rourke, Stewart, Thompson, Boyd, Maguire
Coleraine: Deane, Kane, D. Jarvis, A. Jarvis, Carson, Fyfe, O'Donnell, Glackin, McDermott, Shevlin, Scott subs Doherty, Mullan, McCrudden, Lynch, O'Mahony, Carlin, McLaughlin