Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Crusaders

David Rainey's second-half goal was enough to earn Crusaders victory in Saturday's Irish Cup semi-final against Dungannon Swifts at Mourneview Park.

Crusaders' Declan Caddell had an effort ruled out for offside on 32 and then missed a great chance before the break.

The north Belfast side continued to dominate and substitute Rainey fired into the roof of the net on 71 minutes.

Colin Coates received a straight red card on 86 minutes after a bad tackle on Stefan Lavery.

Crusaders started with Rainey and former Dungannon player Timmy Adamson on the bench with David McMaster, Stuart Dallas and Jordan Owens up front for Stephen Baxter's side.

Last year's beaten cup finalists bossed the game early on with Caddell having an effort blocked and Owens then heading over.

Caddell headed a free-kick to the Dungannon net on 32 minutes but referee Raymond Crangle correctly ruled out the effort for offside.

Michael Funston's poor touch gifted a glorious chance to Caddell four minutes later but the Crues midfielder blazed over the crossbar.

Emmet Friars was superb in defence for the Swifts in the first half as he dominated his duel with Owens.

A Swifts mistake gave Owens a chance shortly after the break but he hestitated and impressive Dungannon keeper Johnny Curran was able to make a comfortable save.

Owens was replaced by Adamson on 65 minutes with Rainey having been introduced at half-time.

As Crusaders upped the pace, Friars cleared a Chris Morrow effort off the line but as the pressure continued, Rainey hammered to the roof of the net on 71 minutes.

Crues skipper Coates received his straight red card on 86 minutes after a late challenge on Stefan Lavery.

The Dungannon player had appeared to foul Stephen McBride but Coates could have few complaints for referee Crangle's decision.

With Crues down to 10 men, Dungannon forced two late corners but the north Belfast side held on for a deserved victory.

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