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Summary

  1. Crusaders 1-0 Larne (Result)
  2. Ballymena United P Linfield

Live Reporting

By Mark Sterling

All times stated are UK

  1. Heatley too hot for Larne

    So Crusaders go through to a third Co Antrim Shield final in a row, thanks to a second-half header from Paul Heatley.

    It was a big night for Larne and their large travelling support will have seen their side match the Irish Premiership champions until the 65th-minute winner, and it was only in the closing stages of the game that the gulf in league positions began to show.

    Stephen Baxter's men may have a wait on their hands to find out who they play in the decider, with the other semi-final between Ballymena United and Linfield being postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

    That's to come, though, but it was Crusaders' and Heatley's night tonight.

    See you Saturday.

  2. 'We got the tactics just right'

    Crusaders 1-0 Larne

    Quote Message: We wanted to deny them the ball and we restricted them to just a shot from distance so I think we got the tactics just right. You have to look at the personnel and decide how to set yourself up. It's all about getting into the final and we've done that tonight. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  3. 'Larne equipped themselves well'

    Crusaders 1-0 Larne

    David Jeffrey

    Ballymena United manager on Radio Ulster

    Quote Message: Larne equipped themselves well against the Irish Premiership champions but they lacked a cutting edge. It was a commendable effort and manager Tiernan Lynch should go away happy, as should the Larne fans.
  4. 'I'd be doing my nut in'

    Philip Major

    Sportsound summariser

    Quote Message: If I was in that Larne dressing room now I'd be doing my nut in because I think this was a big opportunity missed for them. They played well but should not be happy with just playing well.
  5. FULL-TIME

    Crusaders 1-0 Larne

    It's a third Co Antrim Shield final in a row for Crusaders as a second-half Paul Heatley header gives them a 1-0 win at home to Larne.

    The Championship leaders looked comfortable against the Irish Premiership champions, particularly in the first half. but they failed to create any clear-cut chances.

    Well done, the Crues.

  6. How's that from Heatley

    Crusaders 1-0 Larne

    30 yards out, on the half-volley with your weaker foot?

    No bother to Paul Heatley. He still has a go and it's a great hit, but Dougherty saves.

  7. Purple pain

    Crusaders 1-0 Larne

    They've been eye-catching in their purple kits and were holding their own until they went behind, but Larne look like they're heading out of the Co Antrim Shield.

    They haven't been able to force a save since the goal and are running out of time to equalise.

  8. Heatley heads in the opener for the Crues

    Crusaders 1-0 Larne

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    Video caption: Heatley heads in the opener
  9. The Heat's cranked up

    Crusaders 1-0 Larne

    He'd been quiet by his own standards, but Crusaders winger Paul Heatley has come alive since his goal.

    He's dropping off and getting the ball into feet as well as being a threat with his runs in behind the Larne defence.

    Being a right menace, in other words.

  10. Cold shoulder from Forsythe

    Crusaders 1-0 Larne

    Jordan Forsythe with a great chance at the near post but he hits the ball with his shoulder rather than his head and it goes wide.

  11. What you got, Larne?

    Crusaders 1-0 Larne

    Now this will be interesting. How will Larne react to going behind.

    They've been comfortable in possession all night but they will have to come out and have a go in the last 25 minutes.

  12. GOAL

    Crusaders 1-0 Larne

    Paul Heatley heads Crusaders into the lead in the 65th minute.

    A delicious, inviting cross from Ross Clarke on the left, Heatley's run was a smart one and he headed home from close range.

    Clinical from a man on form - that's seven in seven games for the winger.

  13. Burns blaster from distance

    Crusaders 0-0 Larne

    Billy Joe Burns hits one of his trademark shots from distance.

    A good hit, as you'd expect, but keeper Michael Dougherty dives to tip over the bar.

  14. Never a pen!

    Crusaders 0-0 Larne

    Larne's David Scullion goes down in the box under a challenge from Kyle Owens. The visiting fans behind the net scream for a penalty - but the players don't.

    Says it all about the challenge, really.

  15. Clarke curler

    Crusaders 0-0 Larne

    Ross Clarke hits a wide free-kick but his shot curls just over the upright.

    Inventive from Clarke.

  16. Another Heatley shot from distance

    Crusaders 0-0 Larne

    Paul Heatley shooting from distance straight at Larne keeper Michael Dougherty has been a theme of this match - and he has just done it again.

    Still no real chances of note so far.

  17. Purple watch

    Crusaders 0-0 Larne

    As the second-half gets underway. it's just struck me that we made no mention of Larne playing in their purple kits tonight.

    Not a colour you see too often in the Irish League, but it's not that surprising when your owner is the co-founder of online estate agency Purplebricks

  18. Both managers happy

    Crusaders 0-0 Larne

    Philip Major

    Radio Ulster analyst

    Quote Message: Both managers will probably be relatively well pleased at the break. They are both in the game and can now go in and have a chat with their players about how they will approach the second half.
  19. HALF-TIME

    Crusaders 0-0 Larne

    Not a great deal of real chances created in a scoreless first half.

    A very even game which will hopefully produce more excitement after the break.

  20. Crues missing their target man?

    Crusaders 0-0 Larne

    Philip Major

    Radio Ulster summariser

    Quote Message: Crusaders are so used to playing with Jordan Owens up front and playing the ball up to him quickly. They look like they are missing their out ball and I wonder should they have played Jordan's brother, Kyle, up front?