Lisburn Distillery 1 Crusaders 2
Second-half goals from David Rainey and Stuart Dallas sent Crusaders sixth in the table and ended Lisburn Distillery’s recent unbeaten run.
“I think it was a cracking game for anybody that was here, who would have enjoyed it and gone away thinking what a great advert for Irish League football it was,” said disappointed home boss Tommy Wright afterwards.
“The two goalkeepers were outstanding and, whilst we are happy to be involved in a game like that, we are disappointed not to have got anything out of it. We had chances, the performance was good, you sometimes don’t get what you deserve and I think that was one of those cases today.”
For winning boss Stephen Baxter it was a yet another important away win after his side trailed 1-0 following Colin Coates’ 22nd minute own goal.
“We came here today and gave a good, solid and strong performance” said Baxter.
“You always have to be pleased when you get full points away from home. I think we fully deserved them given the amount of chances we created and missed. I was very pleased with our effort, how we saw the game out, we were nice and solid.”
The scoreline could have been higher because there were chances aplenty, but keepers Billy Brennan and Sean O’Neill were in top form.
Rainey (right) equalised on 53 minutes, before a vital save from O’Neill denied Mark Patton and play switched to the other end where Dallas slotted home the winner.