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Timmy Adamson is congratulated on scoring what proved to be the winning goal (Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com)

ADAMSON STRIKE KEEPS CRUES ON COURSE

A Timmy Adamson goal ten minutes from the break earned Crusaders the points from this Friday night visit of Dungannon Swifts to Seaview.

Adamson headed past Andy Coleman from a Craig McClean cross to move Stephen Baxter's side within a point of the leaders.

It was just what the Crues deserved after a bright first-half which saw Adamson also turn a close range effort against the crossbar before Cameron Grieve cleared the ball off the line to safety.

The Swifts had their chances, too, with Matt Hazley testing Sean O'Neill with a free-kick followed by an Andrew Mitchell strike.

After the break Richard Clarke fired just wide as the Crues looked to extend their lead as Diarmuid O'Carroll also came close before Swifts defender Douglas Wilson almost turned a Heatley cross past his own 'keeper.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Friars, Adamson, O'Carroll, Robinson, Caddell, McClean, Clarke, Heatley, Whyte subs McCutcheon (not used), Snoddy (not used), Cockcroft (not used), Dillon (not used), O'Hanlon (not used)

Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, McCullough, Grieve, Armstrong, Hazley, Harpur, Lowe, Mitchell, Glackin, Hutchinson, Wilson subs Fitzpatrick (not used), Liggett (replaced Mitchell 79), Burns (not used), Lavery (replaced Hazley 65), Sanusi (replaced McCullough 65)

Referee: Ian McNabb

Attendance: 819

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