Belfast Telegraph

Owens has sights on record and derby win

Crusaders 3-1 Coleraine

By David Mason

It could be quite a new year for Crusaders striker Jordan Owens.

The big 26-year-old is about to become the club's all-time record goal scorer - and wife Kristle is also due to present him with his third baby.

Fans' favourite Owens took his goal tally to 157 when he bagged the Crues' third in the Friday night's 3-1 win over Coleraine at Seaview, bringing him level with Glenn Hunter in the goal stakes.

"The record thing has been playing on my mind, but I tried to not let it affect me," said Owens. "Yes, I want to beat the record, but everyone in this team has been chipping in with important goals.

"We now have a big game against Cliftonville on Boxing Day coming up - taking three points from that one is now our aim. If it happens then, it will be great, but winning the game is the priority."

The Crues have catapulted eight points clear of their North Belfast rivals. Josh Robinson's early second half goal on Friday was wiped out by a wonderful free kick from Coleraine midfielder Ruairi Harking.

But Billy Joe Burns' spot kick got the Crues back on track before Owens chipped in with a killer third.

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter also paid a personal tribute to his star man.

"What a milestone, what a guy," he said. "He's just an awesome figure to have about the team - and he's such a gentleman. He's the easiest guy to work with. He's now equalled the record. Once he breaks it, he can then relax and get on with what he does best - score goals. And, he'll break it by some distance."

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney is convinced Owens' goal should have been allowed to stand, claiming the striker had clearly fouled goalkeeper Andy Findlay.

"I let the referee (Raymond Hetherington) know my feelings," he said. "Our goalkeeper was in the air about to catch the ball when he was affected by massive body contact from Jordan Owens. It's a foul in any part of the pitch."

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