Dungannon Swifts hold leaders Crusaders to 1-1 draw at Stangmore Park

Gavin Whyte' goes close for Crusaders at Stangmore Park
Gavin Whyte' goes close for Crusaders at Stangmore Park

DUNGANNON 1 CRUSADERS 1

Crusaders were left frustrated after being held by a stubborn Dungannon Swifts side at Stangmore Park.

They had trailed to Ryan Harpur’s deflected goal in the 57th minute.

A quickfire equaliser from Paul Healey brought them level, but Swifts held on for a point.

The deadlock was broken in the 57th minute – and it was Dungannon who took a shock lead.

Harpur tried his luck from distance and his effort took a big deflection, leaving Sean O’Neill helpless in the visitors’ goal.

But Swifts’ lead was short-lived, with the Crues back on level terms three minutes later.

Again there was an element of luck as Heatley’s strike was semi-blocked by Coleman, but still had enough power to find the net.

DGN SWIFTS: Coleman, Burns, Brennan, Armstrong, Wilson, Hazley, McCullough (Glackin, 75), Hutchinson, Harpur, Douglas (Mullen, 63), Liggett

Subs not used: Fitzpatrick, O’Rourke, Lowe

CRUSADERS: O’Neill, Robinson (Adamson, 16), Coates, McClean, Burns, Molloy, Caddell, Whyte (O’Flynn, 79), Clarke, Owens, Heatley

Subs not used: O’Carroll, Friars, Hanley

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)