Crusaders go third after battling win

Ballinamallard 1-2 Crusaders
Published Tuesday, 11 February 2014
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Crusaders set up a tantalising north Belfast derby against Cliftonville on Saturday after securing a superb 2-1 league win at Ballinamallard on Tuesday night.

Crusaders go third after battling win
Crusaders won 2-1 on Tuesday evening. (© Presseye)

It was a demanding night for both sets of players with snow and a bitterly cold wind at Ferney Park.

The visitors broke the ice on 35 minutes thanks to a well struck shot from striker Timmy Adamson which flew past goalkeeper Alvin Rouse.

Recent signing Richard Clarke set up the chance with a neat pass.

Rouse did well to prevent the Crues from doubling their lead when he directed a header from Craig McClean over the bar.

At the other end Crues keeper Sean O'Neill denied Liam Martin a United equaliser.

Stephen Baxter's side grabbed an all important second goal on 47 minutes after some neat play involving Matthew King and Jordan Owens and it was left to Gary McCutcheon to add the final touch.

The home side never gave up and after Mark Stafford had an effort cleared off the line the big defender pulled a goal back when he forced the ball over the line from a David Kee corner.

The Mallards pushed forward in a bid to salvage a point but the Crues held out for an impressive 2-1 win.

The Crues, who move above Portadown into third spot after this win, will go into Saturdays' clash with the Reds knowing a win will bring them to within four points of the league leaders with a game in hand.

Elsewhere on Tuesday night Dungannon Swifts defeated Lurgan Celtic 2-0 in the Mid-Ulster Cup. Both goals came in the second half from Chris Lavery and Jamie Tomelty.

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