Marcus Kane (75)

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Jordan Owens (32)
Diarmuid O'Carroll (45 4)
Gary McCutcheon (69)

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Celebrations as Diarmuid O'Carroll doubles the Crues' lead (Picture: Kevin Scott/PressEye.com)

CRUES PUT GLENS TO THE SWORD TO RETURN TO SUMMIT

Crusaders moved back to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership following a 3-1 defeat of Glentoran at The Oval.

Glentoran enjoyed the early advantage with perhaps their best effort coming midway through the half when Sean O'Neill produced a superb stop to thwart Marcus Kane.

The Crues broke the deadlock after 32 minutes when Jordan Owens made the most of William Garrett's defensive error to beat Elliott Morris at the second attempt after his initial effort was blocked.

Owens might have doubled his tally just before the break when he moved to connected to a Richard Clarke free-kick only to glance his header just wide while, moments later, Paul Heatley came even close with a left-foot drive narrowly over.

There was still time for the Crues to grab their second four minutes into first half stoppage time when Morris conceded a penalty for bringing down Diarmuid O'Carroll with O'Carroll himself stepping up to convert into the right corner.

Chasing the game after the break, Glentoran forced a couple of early chances with Kane coming closest with an effort from distance just over the bar.

But the outcome was put beyond doubt on 69 minutes when Heatley had a shot on goal which was blocked by Morris only as far as substitute Gary McCutcheon who gladly slotted home the follow up.

Kane grabbed a 75th minute consolation for the Glens after he turned home a low Fra McCaffrey cross into the area.

Glentoran: Morris, McCullough, Addis, Garrett, Holland, McAlorum, Kane, McCaffrey, Scullion, Stewart, Allen subs Henderson (not used), Hogg (not used), O'Hanlon (not used), Gordon (replaced Stewart 70), McKee (replaced Scullion 63)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Coates, McClean, Magowan, Clarke, Robinson, Caddell, Heatley, Adamson, O'Carroll, Owens subs Duffin (not used), Hanley (not used), Snoddy (replaced Adamson 87), McCutcheon (replaced O'Carroll 63), Friars (not used)

Referee: Tim Marshall

Attendance: 1352

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