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Crusaders 3 Carrick Rangers 1

For much of the season he has operated in the shadow of Crusaders’ star man Chris Morrow, but Aidan Watson once again demonstrated his value to the Hatchetmen on Saturday.

The former Ballymena United midfielder drilled in a thunderbolt during his side’s 3-1 victory over Carrick Rangers, piling more relegation pressure on the basement battlers and, in the same moment, underlining his important role in the Crusaders’ success story.

Boss Stephen Baxter is a huge admirer of the unglamorous work carried out by his hard-working midfield dynamo.

“Last year Aidan was the star of the show,” said Baxter. “This season Chris Morrow is gracing us with his beautiful footballing ability, but this wee boy Watson does tigerish work and he’s a class act who covers every inch of grass, makes tackles and keeps us on the ball.”

Shane Dolan fired Rangers in front in the fourth minute, but they failed to build on the stunning start and Crusaders took control through strikes from Declan Caddell, Watson and a late own goal by Carrick’s David Bell.

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