Jonathan Smith (45)

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Colin Coates (05)
Jordan Owens (66)
Declan Caddell (69)

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Colin Coates and Jonathan Smith in action at The Oval (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)

CRUES HIT THREE TO EXTEND LEAD

Crusaders stretched their lead at the top of the table to five points following victory over Glentoran at The Oval.

Colin Coates opened the scoring for the Crues after just five minutes when Jordan Forsythe picked him out on the edge of the six-yard box.

Then, just over ten minutes later, Gavin Whyte saw an effort blocked by Dwayne Nelson while Jordan Owens was unable to keep the rebound on target.

Paul Heatley then had a chance on 24 minutes. He did well to control the ball inside the box but Nelson did equally well to make the save.

But Glentoran went in at the break on level terms when Jonathan Smith knocked home the follow up after a Chris Lavery shot had come off the base of an upright.

However, Crusaders made sure of the points with two goals in quick succession midway through the second half.

On 66 minutes, Owens restored their lead with a back post header in off the post after Michael Carvill had supplied the cross.

Then, three minutes after that, Declan Caddell scored in similar fashion, this time from a Heatley delivery.

Glentoran: D. Nelson, McAuley, Magee, Birney, Harmon, Redman, Caldwell, Lavery, Foley, Leu, Smith subs Gordon (replaced Caldwell 75), Allen (replaced Leu 46), Addis (replaced Magee 18), Cafolla (not used), Hamill (not used)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Beverland, Gault, Coates, Caddell, Forsythe, McClean, Owens, Heatley, Whyte subs Lowry (not used), Mitchell (replaced Owens 83), Carvill (replaced Gault 61), Holden (not used), Clarke (replaced Caddell 90+1)

Referee: Evan Boyce

Attendance: 1540

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