John Herron (31)
Robbie McDaid (43)


Paul Heatley (16)
Rory Patterson (34)


Robbie McDaid and Mark McChrystal battle for the ball (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)


Glentoran and Crusaders shared the spoils following a lively encounter at The Oval.

Paul Heatley opened the scoring with just over a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock with a controlled finish from Ross Clarke's pass after side-stepping a defender to beat Elliott Morris.

Kyle Owens came close to doubling the lead on 30 minutes only to hit the back post with a header.

Play then switched to the other end for John Herron to nod the ball past Harry Doherty from six yards out after William Garrett had delivered a free-kick.

Back came Crusaders to regain the advantage just three minutes after that when Heatley sent Patterson inside to direct the ball past Morris with his first touch.

The Crues were reduced to ten men on 42 minutes after Kyle Owens collected a second caution before, moments later, Robbie McDaid levelled for Glentoran from a Ross Redman corner.

Tempers flared over right at the end of the first half and after calm had been restored Crusaders lost another man after Patterson was shown a straight red card while Glentoran also saw John McGuigan dismissed for violent conduct.

The second half was a much quieter affair all round although both sides might have grabbed the goal that would have sealed the points.

Heatley was almost let in following a defensive mix-up but Morris produced a save to deny him while, towards the end, Glentoran substitute Paul O'Neill was thwarted by a fingertip Doherty stop.

Glentoran: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Herron, McGuigan, McDaid, Davidson, Crowe, Gordon, Redman, Ferrin subs Smith (not used), Birney (not used), Gallagher (replaced Garrett 74), McMahon (not used), Nelson (not used), McCarthy (not used), O’Neill (replaced Davidson 81)

Crusaders: Doherty, McChrystal, Ward, Coates, Carvill, Caddell, Forsythe, K. Owens, Heatley, Clarke, Patterson subs O'Neill (not used), Burns (replaced Clarke 83), Lowry (not used), Glackin (not used), Ruddy (not used), Thompson (not used), Snoddy (replaced Caddell 83)

Referee: Andris Treimanis

Attendance: 1435

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