In what was a very competitive friendly this evening Crusaders lost narrowly to League Of Ireland Champions Dundalk when the visitors leaft Seaview with a 2-1 win.
Crusader started the stronger and went ahead after 4 minutes after a good build up was finished with David Cushley running on to a cross and curling it high and past Dundalk keeper Aaron McCarey. Rory Hale went close with a long range shot before Dundalk came into the game and started to create a few chances. The pressure payed off as the visitors equalised on 24 minutes when they broke quickly and the ball fell to Pat Hoban who made no mistake with his shot and it was 1-1. Both sides played some decent football but neither could get the upperhand on the other with Dundalk going closest with a shot on 40 minutes that clipped the bar.
The second half was only five minutes in when Dundalk got their second. Pat Hoban was on the scoresheet again when he rose highest and his downward header beat Sean O'Neill and several defenders at the post and the score was 2-1 to the visitors. Crusaders fought back and Tom Mathieson was unlucky with his shot when the keeper did well to turn it round the post for a corner. The game started to ease from this point as both cancelled each other out in large parts. Substitutions helped raised the tempo again and Crusaders where unlucky when they found the Dundalk keeper in fine form again when he made a great save to keep Crusaders from equalising. With nothing else happening the game ginished and Dundalk had won 2-1.
So a great work out for both sides and some promising talent on show. Crusaders now look ahead to Saturday when they travel to Mourneview Park to play Glenavon in the Danske Bank Premiership.