Crusaders kept their return to winning ways going today with a hard fought win over Warrenpoint Town at Milltown. The difference between the sides turned out to be a Jordan Owens goal that the keeper looked to have saved but it had crossed the line.
It was quiet enough start to the game with little to report in the first 15 minutes. The closest either side got to scoring was a shot from Ross Clarke that was bravely charged down by a Warrenpoint Town defender. The Town defence did well again minutes later when they stopped Jordan Owens scoring with a header as both defences stayed on top of each others attackers. Crusaders though did score on 28 minutes when a Jamie McGonigle cross reached Jordan Owens and his shot squeezed over the line despite the best efforts of Towns keeper Burke. Crusaders had the upper hand now and a Ross Clarke shot was saved before a Jordan Owens knock down was put into the side netting by Jordan Forsythe as he ran in. It was Jamie McGonigle next to have a run but his shot did not match it and again the shot was saved. Before the half ended Philip Lowry had two half chances and Jordan Owens headed wide but it ended 1-0 Crusaders at the break.
Crusaders came out the second half intent on putting the game to bed and it was Ross Clarke who had an early chance but Town cleared. This wakened the home side and they had several chances but could not convert it into the equaliser with Colin Coates at the heart of everything in the Crusaders defence. Jamie McGonigle had another turn and shot saved while at the other end Gerard Doherty did well to parry a Town free kick away before Howard Beverland headed away the follow up. Jordan Forsythe put a cross into the danger area but no one could apply the finishing touch and as Crusaders turned the pressure on again the Town defence stood strong. As the game came to a finish it was Town who pushed for an equaliser but the Crusaders defence did well to scramble the ball away and keep the score 1-0. Town had a final chance in time added on but they shot wide and on the whistle Crusaders had won 1-0 and three points on the board.
So two wins on the bounce and third spot still in the Danske Bank Premiership. We now look to next week when we head to Dungannon to play Dungannon Swifts next Saturday.