Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter believes the best is yet to come from striker Jordan Owens.
The big former Northern Ireland Under-21 International was given a rest for the midweek League Club tie against Coleraine, but Baxter was forced to summon Owens from the subs’ bench in the second half – and the move paid a huge dividend.
With the game delicately poised in extra-time, Owens struck twice in as many minutes with two towering headers to earn the Crues a quarter final slot against Linfield.
Baxter will now unleash his lethal weapon on Ards in Saturday’s Premiership clash at Seaview, hoping for a similar return.
“We are working with Jordan on his finishing behind closed doors at Seaview two nights a week and it is now paying off,” beamed Baxter.
“He was left out of the team a few weeks back because he wasn’t playing well enough – he was fluffing chances. There was no momentum, no movement.
“Now all of a sudden, it’s clicked for him. He has got his confidence back and over the last two or three games he’s been awesome.
“His finishing was rubbish three weeks ago, but now he looks like a man who is going to score every time a ball goes into the right area. Jordan has knuckled down – he’s working incredibly hard.
“I’ve played in that position and when you score one or two, it gets the confidence flowing.”