Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Donegal Celtic 0 Crusaders 2

Crusaders are “in a good place” according to manager Stephen Baxter, primed to add their ambitious ingredient to the Premiership title mix.

This win over Donegal Celtic, thanks to goals in either half from Stuart Dallas and substitute Timmy Adamson, increased Crusaders’ form guide to just one defeat in their last seven games.

While they were made to earn Saturday’s victory, the Crues could also have scored a bucketful of goals and struck the Celtic woodwork an amazing five times, with DC’s Jonny Harkness doing likewise at the other end on one occasion.

Baxter said: “It was a crazy sort of game territorially because we clipped the crossbar four times and hit the post once and we have missed about seven one-on-ones with their goalkeeper, who was in superb form. Yet, we were average after the break and they were on top before the game opened up again.

“I don’t think we have fully shifted up a gear but we are hanging about there.

“We are only getting into the spin of the season now and we are in a good place.”

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