Crusaders without Paul Heatley for Coleraine encounter

Crusaders' Paul Heatley
Crusaders' Paul Heatley

Crusaders will be without livewire striker Paul Heatley for Tuesday’s Danske Premiership clash against Coleraine at Ballycastle Road Showgrounds.

The little 24-year-old yesterday began a two match suspension, the legacy of his silly dismissal against Portadown a few weeks back.

It means that manager Stephen Baxter must rejig his team from the one that performed so convincingly against Glentoran at the weekend.

“Heatley is out for two games from Monday, so that will be a bit of a blow for us,” said Baxter. “But we have players sitting on the bench itching to get a start, so they’ll come into the reckoning.

“We have a few tired limbs. Chris Morrow came into the team against Glentoran. He was married on Monday last and was obviously doing a lot of celebrating over the early part of the week. We freshened him up and got an hour out of him. We’ll see just who is ready before kick-off.”

Baxter added his team will travel up the M2, in a confident, but cautious mood.

“They obviously got a great result on Friday night against Portadown,” he added.

“Oran (Kearney) is a great student of the game. He knows the way teams play and puts out a team to combat certain things. We always get it tight up there.”

In tonight’s other games, League leaders Ballymena entertain Institute, while Dungannon roll out the welcome mat for pointless Warrenpoint Town.

The Sky Blues will be without skipper Allan Jenkins, who was dismissed against Glenavon on Friday night.

“Ballymena have a few match winners in their team that we’ll need to pay attention to,” said Institute chief Paul Kee, who looked set to lose midfielder Darren McCauley to Coleraine before the close of the transfer window.

Barry Gray’s Warrenpoint are rooted to the bottom of the table, but the manager is not about to press the panic button.

“We were unlucky at Institute on Saturday,” he said.