Gavin Whyte (29)
Paul Heatley (66)
Jordan Owens (73)

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Jordan Owens rises above Joe McNeill (Picture: Kevin Scott/PressEye.com)

CRUES BACK INTO POLE POSITION

Crusaders moved back to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership - overnight at least - following this three-goal defeat of Coleraine at Seaview.

The Crues might have raced into the lead as early as the sixth minute when Paul Heatley blasted a 25-yard drive against an upright.

The sides traded chances in what was an entertaining opening with the Bannsiders striking the woodwork themselves on 22 minutes when a Shane McGinty attempt from the rebound of a Mark Miskimmin effort was deflected onto the bar by Craig McClean.

The deadlock was broken on 29 minutes when Steven Douglas cleared a Heatley effort off the line but only as far as Gavin Whyte who promptly returned the ball into the net.

Coleraine might have levelled just before the break when Ian Parkhill set Miskimmin free one-on-one with Sean O'Neill only for the home 'keeper to make a superb stop.

Frustratingly for the visitors they hit the woodwork for a second time after the hour when Parkhill turned a shot against a post ..... and, just as in the first half, the Crues went on to score soon after when Heatley beat defender David Ogilby to the ball.

Then, seven minutes after that, Jordan Owens ended the game as a contest with number three for Crusaders, a close range header after being given time and space in the area.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Magowan, Coates, Caddell, McClean, Owens, Snoddy, Clarke, Heatley, Whyte subs Hanley (replaced Whyte 77), Friars (not used), Adamson (replaced Snoddy 60), O'Carroll (replaced Heatley 70), McCutcheon (not used)

Coleraine: Doherty, Beverland, Douglas, McCafferty, McGinty, Canning, Mullan, Parkhill, Miskimmin, McNeill, Kane subs Hegarty (not used), Owens (not used), Browne (replaced McGinty 58), Watt (replaced Parkhill 85), Lindsay (not used)

Referee: Keith Kennedy

Attendance: 832

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