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Colin Coates claiming credit after giving Jordan Owens his boots

Crusaders 3-1 Institute

By David Mason

Towering Jordan Owens put the boot into Institute's relegation fight at a wind-swept Seaview.

The big striker bagged a glorious double to keep Crusaders six points clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership table - in a pair of borrowed white boots.

Paul Kee's basement battlers had the audacity to cancel out the 24-year-old's opener when Robbie Hume headed home in his team's first venture forward.

But Diarmuid O'Carroll settled the home fans' nerves by converting from the spot early in the second half before Owens ended the argument with his second goal of the day.

"Colin Coates is taking all the credit because I was wearing his boots," quipped Owens. "I ripped mine in training on Thursday night. I actually brought another pair with me but Coatesy, who was suspended, offered me his because they are the same size and are similar to the ones I wrecked.

"They certainly brought me a bit of luck. Unfortunately, I had to hand them back at the end of the game."

Although the Crues totally bossed the opening half, they only had Owens' 29th-minute strike to show for all their domination. They were rocked back on their heels when Hume's header from the edge of the box zipped past Sean O'Neill before the break.

"Institute came with a game plan," added Owens. "They have made life difficult for us in our two previous meetings, so we knew they would be no easy touch.

"The first half was difficult, playing against the wind. We were frustrated with our performance. We pressed them back for much of the time, but only had one goal to show for it.

"Then they scored the first time they got into our box. We showed a lot of character after the break and got the goals at good times. The penalty settled us down and then the third really killed it."

Stute manager Kee had no complaints with the outcome.

He said: "The only positive we can take is the fact that we may not have won for something like 17 games, but at least we are still in striking distance of the teams above us ­­- it gives us a fighting chance."

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