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Mathew Snoddy celebrates after he scored his second goal of the night after coming on from the bench (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)


Substitute Matthew Snoddy helped himself to a Friday night second half double as Crusaders defeated Ballinamallard United at Seaview.

Stephen Baxter's side might have moved in front inside the opening minute when Declan Caddell struck the inside of an upright while, later in the first half, Jordan Owens thought he had scored from a Billy Joe Burns but he was adjudged to have strayed offside.

Gavin Whyte also came close on a couple of occasions. One effort, a header, was cleared by Ross Taheny while another came back off the legs of 'keeper Richard Brush.

The Mallards threatened early in the second half when Gary Armstrong's 25-yard free-kick went just over Brian Jensen's goal.

However, the breakthrough came on 65 minutes when Snoddy - on for Philip Lowry sixty seconds earlier - got on the end of a Jordan Forsythe cross to flick the ball past Brush at the near post.

Then, in stoppage time, he made sure of the points for the Crues after he was played clear by Paul Heatley to send a powerful, low finish beyond the stranded Mallards 'keeper.

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Crusaders: Jensen, Burns, McChrystal, Beverland, Coates, Lowry, Caddell, Forsythe, Owens, Heatley, Whyte subs Ward (not used), Carvill (not used), Cushley (not used), Snoddy (replaced Lowry 64), Dougherty (not used)

Ballinamallard United: Brush, Smyth, Taheny, McLaughlin, Hutchinson, Clarke, Leddy, McGinty, Armstrong, McCartney, Curran subs McCann (not used), Burns (replaced Leddy 53), Brennan (replaced McGinty 72), McIlwaine (replaced Hutchinson 75), Brownlee (not used)

Referee: Tony Clarke

Attendance: 1074