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Gary McCutcheon to stay on for Crusaders' Euro adventure

Crusaders clinched their place in Europe with a commanding display as goals from Declan Caddell, Nathan Hanley and veteran striker Gary McCutcheon gave them a 3-1 win over Glenavon.

And 35-year-old McCutcheon celebrated the occasion by signing a new one year contract with the club.

Crusaders needed just 60 seconds to break the deadlock with Paul Heatley teeing up the chance for Caddell to poke the ball past young goalkeeper Sean McIlhone.

Substitute Hanley headed home the second on 53 minutes after Jordan Owens, a second half sub for Andy Smith, saw his own header come back off the crossbar.

McCutcheon put a shine on the final result when he slotted home the third after combining well with David McMaster.

Glenavon were denied what looked like a stonewall penalty in the 69th minute when Craig McClean took out Andrew Hoey, but they did manage a consolation when Andy McGrory rifled home an 82nd penalty after William Murphy was bundled off the ball in a crowded goalmouth.

Ballinamallard United slipped into the play-off position after they drew 2-2 with Dungannon Swifts at Ferney Park and Warrenpoint won 1-0 at home to Ballymena United.

The Mallards took a deserved lead in the 38th minute as Liam Martin clipped the ball into the box from the right hand side and Jason McCartney sent a header over Swifts goalkeeper Barratt Tucker.

The Swits were back on level terms in the 51st minute through a wonderful 25 yard free kick from Matt Hazley and they took the lead eight minutes later when Andrew Burns headed home a Sean McCashin free kick.

It took just 60 seconds for the Mallards to level when Martin curled home a terrific effort.

Daniel Hughes' 62nd minute strike for Warrenpoint was enough to beat Ballymena and provided they equal, or better, Ballinamallard's result on Saturday they will guarantee Premiership survival.

Coleraine recorded a 1-0 win over basement side Ards, thanks to a 93rd minute strike from Paul Owens.

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