Road to glory for champions Crusaders

Crusaders made a disappointing start to their title defence, losing 2-1 to Portadown in the Premiership opener last August
Crusaders made a disappointing start to their title defence, losing 2-1 to Portadown in the Premiership opener last August
Jordan Stewart scores for Glentoran in a 2-2 draw at the Oval which leaves the Crues with just one point from two games
Jordan Stewart scores for Glentoran in a 2-2 draw at the Oval which leaves the Crues with just one point from two games
Diarmuid O'Carroll sets Crusaders on their way to a 5-0 hammering of Ballinamallard United and first league win of the season
Diarmuid O'Carroll sets Crusaders on their way to a 5-0 hammering of Ballinamallard United and first league win of the season
A big win in November with Jordan Owens netting the only goal in a Windsor Park clash against Linfield
A big win in November with Jordan Owens netting the only goal in a Windsor Park clash against Linfield
Linfield gained revenge courtesy of a 2-0 victory on New Year's Day and the Blues would become the main challengers to the champions
Linfield gained revenge courtesy of a 2-0 victory on New Year's Day and the Blues would become the main challengers to the champions
Cliftonville were also in title contention but Crusaders increased the gap on their north Belfast rivals with Paul Heatley on target in a 1-0 win at Solitude in February
Cliftonville were also in title contention but Crusaders increased the gap on their north Belfast rivals with Paul Heatley on target in a 1-0 win at Solitude in February
Just five points between leaders Crusaders and Linfield with three games remaining and tempers flare in the Seaview showdown
Just five points between leaders Crusaders and Linfield with three games remaining and tempers flare in the Seaview showdown
Jordan Forsythe's shot hits the Linfield net in a 2-0 victory and the Crues close in on a second straight Gibson Cup success
Jordan Forsythe's shot hits the Linfield net in a 2-0 victory and the Crues close in on a second straight Gibson Cup success
A win over Cliftonville on Tuesday night would clinch the title and Gavin Whyte strikes low to put the Crues ahead at Solitude
A win over Cliftonville on Tuesday night would clinch the title and Gavin Whyte strikes low to put the Crues ahead at Solitude
Crusaders players celebrate in front of their fans after Paul Heatley scores in a 3-0 win over the Reds which secured back-to-back title triumphs
Crusaders players celebrate in front of their fans after Paul Heatley scores in a 3-0 win over the Reds which secured back-to-back title triumphs
Crues manager Stephen Baxter joins supporters in celebration as the club retains the league title for the first time
Crues manager Stephen Baxter joins supporters in celebration as the club retains the league title for the first time
Savouring success - Stephen Baxter and his players link up for a rush towards the delighted Crues support
Savouring success - Stephen Baxter and his players link up for a rush towards the delighted Crues support