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Crusaders Lose Grip Of Irish Cup

 Crusaders today went out of the Sadler Peaky Blinders Irish Cup at the Quarter Final stage after a late penalty put Glentoran through at The Oval.

In a game played in near gale force conditions at times unfolded Crusaders took the lead on 31 minutes when a Jamie McGonigle shot deflected off a Glentoran defender and flew past Elliott Morris to put Crusaders ahead. The second half saw Glentoran go at Crusaders and it was Gerard Doherty who kept Crusaders in the game on several occasions while Billy Joe Burns also made several important unterceptions and tackles. Glentoran equalised on 67 minutes when a half clearance fell to Marcus Kane and he scored from 18 yards. On 86 minutes Glentoran where awarded a controversial penalty. Referee Andy Davey and Asst Ref Ken Ross both agreed a Jarlath O'Rourke block of a Glentoran cross only merited a corner but at the fourth officials (Raymond Crangle) insistence Davey overturned his decision and awarded a penalty for handball. Once everything had calmed down Robbie McDaids penalty somehow squirmed under the diving Gerard Doherty and it 2-1. In time added on Crusaders where reduced to 10 men when Jordan Forsythe was given a straight red card for an incident at the far side of the pitch and Gerard Doherty was given a yellow for asking the referee a question much to his amazement after a Glentoran player wasted time. After the final whistle was blown Gerard Doherty was then given a straight red card for was has been described as violent coduct and manager Stephen Baxter was shown a straight red for as of yet we do not know.

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