IRISH LEAGUE: Crusaders move five clear at top following win over nine-man Glentoran

Crusaders Paul Heatleyt breaks thru the Glentoran defence and scores
Crusaders Paul Heatleyt breaks thru the Glentoran defence and scores

CRUSADERS 3 GLENTORAN 0

Crusaders defeated nine-man Glentoran to go five points clear at the top in a miserable first game in charge for new Oval boss Alan Kernaghan.

The champions dominated the first half and Paul Heatley slotted in the opener before Markus Kane was sent-off for two yellow cards on 42 minutes.

Sean O’Neill made three fines saves as Glentoran pressed but their hopes ended with Niall Henderson’s dismissal.

Jordan Forsythe volleyed in before Stephen O’Flynn added a late third.

The Glens had Crusaders on the backfoot early in the second half.

O’Neill kept out efforts from Curtis Allen, Barry Holland and Stephen McAlorum - Henderson’s exit on 63 minutes for two yellow cards halted Glentoran’s momentum.