Jordan Forsythe (54)

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Jordan Forsythe celebrates scoring what proved to be the match winner (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)

FORSYTHE GIVES CRUES THE EDGE

Crusaders remain second in the table following this narrow defeat of Glentoran at The Oval despite ending the game a man down.

Glentoran were on top during the scoreless first half, coming close after nine minutes through Robbie McDaid after he latched onto a long ball only to be beaten by the angle.

A number of chances followed before Eric Foley threatened but was unlucky to see his shot go over the bar.

Those missed opportunities cost Glentoran early in the second half when, on 54 minutes, Jordan Forsythe fired the Crues in front after being teed up by Heatley, this coming moments after Elliott Morris had done well to deny Jordan Owens from close range.

The Glens might have levelled midway through the second half when Foley forced a corner after produced a superb last gasp save from Brian Jensen with Marcus Kane's follow up from the set piece going just wide.

Then, soon after, Forsythe almost doubled his tally only to be thwarted by a brilliant stop from Morris.

Crusaders were reduced to ten men going into the closing quarter-of-an-hour when Howard Beverland was dismissed after collecting his second caution of the game.

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Crusaders: Jensen, Burns, McChrystal, Beverland, Ward, Caddell, Forsythe, Owens, Heatley, Whyte, Brown subs Cushley (not used), Dougherty (not used), McClean (not used), Snoddy (not used), Glackin (not used)

Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Birney, Addis, Foley, Kelly, Davidson, Kerr, K. Nelson, McCawl, McDaid subs McMullan (not used), D. Nelson (not used), Ferrin (not used), Smith (replaced Kelly 74), O'Neill (replaced McCawl 84)

Referee: Steven Gregg

Attendance: 1107

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