Jordan Owens (35)
Colin Coates (77)
Jordan Owens (85)
Nathan Hanley (90 1)

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Johnny Flynn (41)

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Jordan Owens turns away in delight after scoring at Seaview (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)

OWENS BRACE GIVES CRUES NORTH BELFAST EDGE

Jordan Owens helped himself to two goals as Crusaders hit four past morning leaders Cliftonville in this north Belfast derby at Seaview.

He opened the scoring ten minutes before half-time after sliding in at the back post to touch home Gavin Whyte's ball across the face of goal.

Cliftonville levelled through Johnny Flynn just four minutes later after he pounced on Owens' misplaced clearance.

That was how it stayed until 13 minutes from time when Colin Coates fired into the roof of the net from close range after Paul Heatley had teed him up.

Owens then struck on 85 minutes after making the most of a Flynn error before, in stoppage time, Nathan Hanley headed home the fourth from close range.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, McClean, Magowan, Coates, Whyte, Heatley, Caddell, Clarke, Owens, Snoddy subs McCutcheon (not used), Hanley (replaced Owens 90), Dillon (not used), Cockcroft (not used), O'Carroll (replaced Whyte 86)

Cliftonville: Devlin, McGovern, Flynn, McDaid, M. Donnelly, Seydak, Smyth, Catney, Winchester, Gormley, Cosgrove subs Johnston (replaced Donnelly 67), McMullan (not used), Garrett (replaced Winchester 67), J. Donnelly (not used), Mulvenna (replaced McDaid 87)

Referee: Ross Dunlop

Attendance: 2039

Tags:  Cliftonville  Crusaders