Allan Jenkins (16)

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Paul Heatley (26)
Timmy Adamson (67)
Jordan Owens (81)

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Jordan Owens knocks home number three for the Crues (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)

CRUES TAKE A STEP CLOSER AFTER SHOWGROUNDS VICTORY

Crusaders came from a goal down to grab another three points from this visit to the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Despite a bright opening the Crues fell behind on 16 minutes after Allan Jenkins made the most of some poor defending to send a deflected effort past Sean O'Neill.

But the visitors got back on level terms ten minutes after that when Jordan Owens crossed for Paul Heatley to slide the ball home from close range.

Then, on 67 minutes, Timmy Adamson edged the Crues in front when Tim Allen - who had been outstanding up until this point - dropped the ball at his feet.

And the game was put beyond doubt on 81 minutes when Owens beat defender Paddy McNally to a Richard Clarke corner to head past Allen.

Ballymena United: Allen, Ervin, McNally, Jenkins, McBride, McAllister, Kane, McCaul, Surgenor, Tipton, Teggart subs Boyce (replaced Ervin 70), Gardiner (not used), Johnston (not used), McNeill (replaced McCaul 82), Gawley (replaced McAllister 60)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Magowan, Coates, McClean, O'Carroll, Caddell, Adamson, Clarke, Owens, Heatley subs Leeman (not used), O'Flynn (replaced O'Carroll 70), McKibbin (not used), Hanley (not used), O'Hanlon (not used)

Referee: Tim Marshall

Attendance: 1092

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