Hernany Marques and Philip Lowry contest possession (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)
Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Crusaders came from a goal down to collect all three points from this Tuesday night visit to Warrenpoint Town.
During a quiet opening period Crusaders enjoyed the better of what opportunities were created with Rory Patterson, Ronan Hale and Kyle Owens all having half chances.
However, as the first half progressed, Warrenpoint looked the more likely to find a way through, almost managing it after half-an-hour through Conall NcGrandles but hs header was cleared off the line by Matthew Snoddy.
But 'Point did make the breakthrough in stoppage time at the end of the first half courtesy of Lee Duffy's low free-kick which crept past Sean O'Neill at the near post.
The Crues began the second half in determined mood with only a timely tackle denying Ronan Hale from equalising before Snoddy sidefooted an effort just wide.
Then, around the hour, Town keeper Berraat Türker was called into action to punch away a David Cushley corner, followed soon after by a Jordan Owens header over.
Somewhat inevitably Stephen Baxter's side eventually levelled on 68 minutes when Snoddy despatched a half volley past Türker at the near post before, moments later, Billy Joe Burns swivelled inside the box to meet a throw-in to fire across the home keeper into the corner of the net.
Then, on 77 minutes, the Crues goal blitz was complete when the unfortunate Simon Kelly headed into his own net whilst attempt to clear an Owens effort.
Warrenpoint Town: Türker, Hughes, Reilly, McGrandles, Scannell, O'Connor, Wallace, Donnelly, Hernany Marques, Duffy, Young subs Moan (not used), Kelly (replaced McGrandles 67), McCaffrey (replaced Hernany Marques 82), J. Lynch (not used), Copes (not used), Byrne (not used), Magowan (replaced Scannell 70)
Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, McChrystal, Coates, Lowry, K. Owens, Snoddy, Thompson, McGinley, Patterson, Rn. Hale subs G. Doherty (not used), Beverland (not used), Ward (not used), Cushley (replaced Rn. Hale 60), Ruddy (replaced McGinley 86), J. Owens (replaced Patterson 60), Brown (not used)
Referee: Lee Tavinder
|Hernany Macedo Marques||74||82|
|Lee Duffy||45 +1|
|Billy Joe Burns||29||71|