CRUSADERS 3 RATHFRILAND 0
Jordan Owens became Crusaders’ all-time record goalscorer as the Premiership champions booked their place in the sixth round of the Tennent’s Irish Cup.
Owens notched up his 158th career goal for the Crues with a predatory finish in the 50th minute.
The simple tap-in saw the 26-year-old break Glenn Hunter’s record, and with it ease the Shore Road men into the last 16 of the cup with a 3-0 victory over Amateur League minnows Rathfriland Rangers.
Diarmuid O’Carroll opened the scoring in the 35th minute, with Owens and Jordan Forsythe on target in the second half.
It saw the Irish Cup favourites avoid any shock against a spirited Rathfriland side at Seaview.
O’Carroll broke the resistence of the visitors in the 35th minute with a clinical finish.
The striker was played in on the left side of the box and he arrowed a low drive past Shane Harrison.
The Crues dominated the opening half with Michael Carvill and Owens both going close with chances.
The visitors did have one glorious chance in the 33rd minute, but after being played through Darren McGrath could only poke his shot into the side netting from eight yards.
Owens claimed the record in the 50th minute with a simple tap-in from close range.
The striker ghosted to the back post to finish off Matthew Snoddy’s low cross to bag his 15th goal of the season.
Forsythe made it 3-0 with a low drilled shot into the bottom corner in the 61st minute.
CRUSADERS: McKibbin, Mitchell, Magowan, Robinson, McClean, Forsythe (Adamson 83), Caddell (Clarke 46), Snoddy, O’Carroll, Carvill, Owens (O’Flynn 65).
Subs not used: Whyte, Vauls.
RATHFRILAND: Harrison, C. Havern, J. Black (Baird 66), Larkin, A. Black, R. Black, Scannell, McGrath (Feeney 73), M. Havern, Wilson (Lockhart 56), Costello.
Subs not used: Fegan, Gracey.
Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)