Irish Premiership: Crusaders 4-1 Warrenpoint Town

Crusaders continue their impressive league form by beating Warrenpoint Town

Paul Heatley scored twice as Crusaders beat Warrenpoint Town to retain their three-point lead over Linfield at the top of the Irish Premiership table.

Heatley fired low past Jonathan Parr after the ball broke to the winger inside the box in the 11th minute.

Jordan Owens added the second after Parr dropped the ball on 24 and Gavin Whyte struck past Parr after 33.

Darren King was sent-off before the break, Stephen McCabe pulled one back on 74, but Heatley slotted in after 77.

The victory ensured that Crues manager Stephen Baxter celebrated 10 years in charge of the Seaview club in style, while Town suffered only their second league defeat since the end of November.

Goals from Heatley and Owens put the hosts in control and then a fine Diarmuid O'Carroll pass set up Whyte to score the third.

Warrenpoint's task became even more difficult when defender King was shown a red card for his second yellow card offence.

Substitute McCabe completed a fine move by shooting into the roof of the net to give Barry Gray's side some hope, but Heatley slotted in from a Richard Clarke pass three minutes later.

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