Irish Premiership: Crusaders 2-0 Glentoran

Crusaders 2-0 Glentoran

Crusaders made absolutely mathematically certain of the Irish Premiership title by beating Glentoran 2-0 at Seaview.

The Shore Road club knew they had the championship in the bag because of their superior goal difference.

This win means they will finish well clear of second-placed Linfield who drew 2-2 away to Cliftonville.

Declan Caddell fired the Crues into an early lead and Paul Heatley scored the second near the end.

The opening goal came after just four minutes as Glentoran surrendered possession and Caddell went through to fire an emphatic shot past Elliott Morris from the edge of the penalty area.

Diarmuid O'Carroll missed a penalty in the second half, blazing over the bar after Jordan Owens had been fouled by Steven McCullough.

The game was well into stoppage time when Heatley was sent clear and he slotted a low right-foot finish to make it 2-0.

The Crues are now 11 points clear of second-placed Linfield who they play in a rearranged fixture at the Oval on Tuesday night.

Crusaders captain Colin Coates: "It has been a real squad effort - everyone has played their part during the season.

"When we were not scoring lots of goals, we kept clean sheets.

"It is amazing and you can see today what it means to people.

"It means a lot to me that I am about to get my hands on the Gibson Cup."