Larne and Crusaders took a point each from tonights Danske Bank Premiership game at Inver Park that produced very little in terms of action.
Neither side really did enough to stamp their authority on the game and both defences where on top. The closest anyone came to even getting a shot away was when Jonny McMurray shot over but he was called offside anyway and would not have counted. Jamie McGonigle stayed on his feet in the Larne penalty area where he could have easily gone down and left the referee with a decision to make and minutes later he had a shot blocked at the edge of the box. Davy McDaid had the last chance of the half when he managed to get in on goal but he pulled his shot across the net and away from danger leaving ir 0-0 at half time.
An early Declan Caddell effort was saved by Conor Devlin before Paul Heatley just failed to control a through ball and have the chance to finish. Crusaders started to push on with a bit of pressure but the Larne defence stood strong and it stayed 0-0. Both keepers then saved longe range shots easily and the game fell away once again. The introduction of David Cushley and Jordan Owens for Paul Heatley and Jamie McGonigle did little to change the dull game and closest either side came to scoring was Crusaders who could not get anyone on the end of a Jordan Forsythe cross. A late claim by Larne for a penalty was turned down seconds before the final whistle and the game ended 0-0 and that was that.
So another point for Crusaders and it leaves them in third spot five points of Coleraine in top spot. We now look towards a quick turnaround and Friday night when Crusaders travel to Belfast Loughshore Arena to play Carrick Rangers (7.45pm) in the next Danske Bank Premiership game.