Crusaders stay in title hunt with spirited victory against Ballinamallard

Timmy Adamson celebrates his opening goal against Ballinamallard
Timmy Adamson celebrates his opening goal against Ballinamallard


Crusaders moved into third spot in the Danske Bank Premiership with a narrow 2-1 victory over Ballinamallard United on Tuesday night.

Goals from Timmy Adamson and Gary McCutcheon helped Stephen Baxter’s side move to within seven points off leaders Cliftonville - and with a game in hand.

Adamson fired low into the bottom corner on 35 minutes with McCutcheon doubling the advantage less than 10 minutes later.

Mark Stafford provided a grandstand finish with the Mallards’ reply.

Crues boss Stephen Baxter said: “I was a little concerned that we may have been a bit small tonight. But I felt we coped with them well. I thought we had that bit of quality in our finishing. But it was a tough game and we were glad to see it out in the end. I was really pleased with an number of our younger players.

“I was always worried that they might have equalised, but we looked dangerous on the counter. We had a bit of determination and knew how to play the conditions. I was pleased with that. It’s a tough place to come down here. They are a really good side and their position is false. They have good players and the wind will change for them.”

Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson felt his side dominated the majority of the game.

“In the second half it was all us. We gave a goal away to them early in the second half and we were in their half for most of the second half. But at the end of the day we have nothing to show for it,” he said.

“I thought the goal gave them momentum at the start. We probably should have done better in front of goal. We got a goal back and were very unlucky not to equalise in the closing minutes.”