Irish Premiership: Glentoran 1-2 Crusaders

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Crusaders move four points clear at the top of the Irish Premiership with a 2-1 victory over Glentoran at The Oval

Crusaders moved four points clear at the top of the Premiership thanks to a 2-1 victory over Glentoran at the Oval.

Timmy Adamson sent the Crues on their way to a sixth straight league win when he drove home a low shot from the left side of the area in the 16th minute.

Paul Heatley's effort was deflected past Elliott Morris by Calum Birney for the second a minute before half-time.

Jordan Stewart scored with a cool finish after Morris's quick goal kick caught the Crues defence napping on 53.

Jordan Owens laid the ball off for Adamson's opener but Billy Joe Burns was forced to clear the danger by taking the ball off the toe of Stephen Gordon who was about to get on the end of Stewart's cross.

Danny McKee saw an effort well saved by Sean O'Neill, who also denied Stephen McAlorum, while Barry Holland fired narrowly wide.

Heatley extended the Crues' lead before the break but Stewart's reply proved the catalyst for a fine second half performance from the visitors.

Josh Robinson almost found his own net and McKee's lob clipped the top of the bar but the Glens were unable to find an equaliser.

Action from Crusaders' win over Glentoran at the Oval
Danny McKee and Nathan Hanley in aerial action as Crusaders beat Glentoran at the Oval

Crusaders captain Colin Coates: "Glentoran wanted the points as much as we did but winning was what it was all about today for us and thankfully we managed that.

"We gave away a soft goal at the start of the second half and it was backs to the wall stuff for much of the second half - they really put it up to us.

"Glentoran will be disappointed not to get something out of the game but we defended well.

"This is the best squad I have been part of during my time here, but the coming weeks will show whether we are capable of challenging for the title."

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson: "We lost the game because we conceded two goals against the run of play in the first half but I'm proud that we gave Crusaders a real game today.

"This team is young and inexperienced but we're learning all the time and to put in a performance like that against potential champions indicates that we have a lot to look forward to if we can keep on the same track."

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