Manager Stephen Baxter savours Crusaders League Cup triumph

Crusaders captain Colin Coates lifts the League Cup after the wni over Coleraine
Crusaders captain Colin Coates lifts the League Cup after the wni over Coleraine

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter toasted his side's League Cup final win - but claimed they should have beaten Coleraine by more than 1-0.

Chris Morrow scored only goal to give the north Belfast men the silverware.

"We deserved it because we took the game to them and we maybe should have won more convincingly," said Baxter.

"We played extremely well. Cup finals are hard things to win, and to get over the line is a great feeling and something for our fans to celebrate."

Crues skipper Colin Coates felt his side had shown great character when it mattered.

"We have not been at our best this season, but we dug in.

"Paul Leeman was outstanding, along with Gareth McKeown. They all put in a great shift.

"Chris Morrow was a different class and showed that bit of quality."

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney admitted his side had been second best on the big occasion.

"The most disappointing thing was the manner of the defeat - we have more to offer," said the Bannsiders boss.

"Crusaders were the better team and deserved to win. I am disappointed for our fans that we did not put on a better show.

"Perhaps it was a bit of experience. We do not have big resources and are building from the bottom up.

"This cup final was a bonus for us, perhaps it came too early for us although we wanted to grab it with both hands.

"I wanted the players to watch Crusaders celebrating and make it drive them on."

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