Published Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Paul Heatley scored two goals for Crusaders on Tuesday. (© Pacemaker)
The three points moves Stephen Baxter's side above Portadown into third place in the Danske Bank Premiership and on course for Europe with the Glens now a massive 10 points behind.
Timmy Adamson, back from injury, almost scored within minutes of the start when he ran onto a great ball from Eamon McAllister but he did not get enough power into his shot to trouble Elliott Morris.
The home fans did not have to wait too long for the first goal and it was a superb strike for winger Heatley. After Adamson and Caddell combined it was left to Heatley to smash the ball home.
Morris prevented the nippy striker from adding another soon after with a fine save.
Slowly the Glens began to get into the match and Kevin Bradley had an effort pushed over the bar by keeper Sean O'Neill.
The good work continued with Jordan Stewart finding an opening for Fra McCaffrey but again O'Neill was equal to the task.
Eddie Patterson's side did get back on level terms on 36 minutes when Curtis Allen made his way to the by-line and his cross was tapped in from close range by Stewart.
Crusaders responded right away and it took a goal line clearance from Niall Henderson to prevent Richard Clarke from firing the Crues ahead again.
The action flowed to the other end and O'Neill had to make two excellent saves, first to deny Allen and when the ball broke to Johnny Addis a goal seemed certain but again O'Neill showed his class with another top save.
Those saves just before the break proved crucial for the Crues and on 55 minutes Heatley struck what proved to be the winning goal.
Adamson was the provider, Heatley clipped the ball over a defender before blasting an unstoppable shot past Morris.
There was no way back for the Glens and the Crues eased to a vital win.
Crusaders: O'Neill, Leeman, Coates, McClean, Robinson, E.McAllister, Hanley, Caddell, Heatley, Adamson, Clarke.
Subs: Magowan, Morrow, McMaster, Owens, Smith.
Glentoran: Morris, Bradley, Addis, Garrett, Birney, McAlorum, Henderson, O'Hanlon, Allen, McCaffrey, Stewart.
Subs: Clarke, Gordon, Boyd, McKee, Nelson.
Referee: Ross Dunlop
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