IRISH LEAGUE: Last gasp goal gives Crusaders win at Dungannon

Dungannons Paul McElroy  in action with Crusaders  Mathew Snoddy
Dungannons Paul McElroy in action with Crusaders Mathew Snoddy


Crusaders left it late to snatch victory at Stangmore Park.

A 90th minute winner from sub Stephen O’Flynn floored gutsy Dungannon, who moments earlier had snatched a dramatic equaliser.

The Crues had led through Paul Heatley early in the game.

Crusaders had already threatened through Jordan Owens and Jordan Forsythe when Heatley fired them in front.

It came after 13 minutes and followed good play from Matthew Snoddy, who supplied the assist.

Heatley took the ball, rounded a defender and slotted home.

Crusaders had chances to stretch their lead, partly helped by careless play from the home side.

A sloppy kick-out gave the ball to Forsythe, who slipped in Heatley, but Andy Coleman recovered and made a good save.

Another mistake ended with Heatley crossing to Forsythe, who headed straight at the goalkeeper.

Coleman came to Dungannon’s rescue again with another good stop to deny Owens after he was played in by Billy-Joe Burns.

It took Dungannon 51 minutes to force an effort on target, with Paul McElroy seeing an effort from distance pushed away by the goalkeeper.

Swifts looked like they had snatched a point when Mitchell levelled three minutes from the end, shooting left-footed past the goalkeeper.

But O’Flynn’s late header gave the Crues the most dramatic of wins.

DUNGANNON SWIFTS: Coleman, Lowe, Burns, Wilson, McCaffrey, Fitzpatrick (Glackin, 62), Harpur, Teggart (Douglas, 62), Burke, McElroy (Hazley, 77), Mitchell

Subs not used: Addis, McCullough

CRUSADERS: O’Neill, Burns, Magowan, Coates, McClean, Robinson, Snoddy, Carvill (O’Flynn, 66), Heatley, Forsythe, Owens

Subs not used: Whyte, O’Carroll, Clarke, McKibbon

Referee: Evan Boyle (Ballygowan)