Heatley double puts Crues through

Heatley double puts Crues through

Two goals from Paul Heatley saw Crusaders create club history by reaching the second stage of a European competition for the first time as they beat FK Ekranas 2-1 in Lithuania on Thursday evening.

The north Belfast club go through 5-2 on aggregate and will meet Finnish side VPS Vaasa or IF Brommapojkarna from Sweden in the next round of the Europa League qualifying stages.

The Shore Road side made a promising start and Jordan Owens saw his header well saved by the home keeper.

It remained scoreless for the remainder of the half, but Crusaders more or less sealed their place in the next round on 56 minutes when Heatley grabbed his first goal from close range.

Ekranas did manage to draw level on the night but there was no stopping Stephen Baxter's hatchet men and with 19 minutes to go Heatley scored a superb second.

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