Irish Premiership: Crusaders 3-0 Glentoran

Crusaders 3-0 Glentoran

Crusaders beat nine-man Glentoran to move five points clear at the top in a miserable first game in charge for new Oval boss Alan Kernaghan.

BJ Burns hit a post as the champions dominated and Paul Heatley slotted in the opener before Markus Kane was sent-off for two yellow cards on 42 minutes.

Sean O'Neill made three fines saves as Glentoran pressed but their hopes ended with Niall Henderson's dismissal.

Jordan Forsythe volleyed in before Stephen O'Flynn added a late third.

It was a deserved win for Seaview side but they were on the backfoot early in the second half.

O'Neill kept out efforts from Curtis Allen, Barry Holland and Stephen McAlorum - Henderson's exit on 63 minutes for two yellow cards halted Glentoran's momentum.

What they said

Crusaders winger Paul Heatley said: " We've been in fantastic form and we showed it here in a game we dominated from start to finish.

"Sean O'Neill always plays his part and he made three superb saves.

"It's too early to talk about winning the title and we'll just enjoy being on top at this stage of the season.