Crusaders crush Coleraine

David Magowan gets back to block Mark Miskimmin's cross
David Magowan gets back to block Mark Miskimmin's cross

Crusaders produced a stunning display to hit Coleraine for six at The Showgrounds.

There was only 11 minutes on the clock when Paul Heatley slotted past Michael Doherty after Owens had played him in with a clever pass.

The Crues doubled their advantage on 32 minutes as Owens and Heatley combined once again. The big man teed up the little livewire on the edge of the box and he produced a superb volley to leave Doherty rooted to the spot.

It was the 45th minute before the home side called Sean O’Neill into action and to be fair to the keeper he dealt with Gary Browne’s shot fairly easy.

The Crues made it 3-0 on 50 minutes and what a strike it was. The Bannsiders thought they had cleared Hanley’s corner, but it dropped to Gavin Whyte on the edge of the box and the teenager returned it with interest, volleying into the top corner.

Three minutes later it was 4-0 as Gary McCutcheon converted from the spot after Heatley had been sent sprawling in the box by Canning.

The Bannsiders pulled a goal back on 64 minutes as Ian Parkhill fired in from the edge of the box.

Coleraine’s joy was shortlived though as Crusaders restored their four-goal advantage seven minutes later. Colin Coates nodded the ball back into the danger area and Owens bundled home from close range.

Within two minutes the home side clawed another back as David Ogilby headed home.

A great double save from Doherty on 84 minutes denied the Crues a half dozen as he tipped Coates free on to the bar before reacting well to deny Robinson from the rebound.

They weren’t to be denied for though as Diarmuid O’Carroll controlled and volleyed home from the edge of the box with a minute left.