Crusaders 2 Glenavon 0
The rain arrived in north Belfast on Saturday afternoon, right on cue to dampen the spirits of the Glenavon faithful even more.
Saturday’s home game with Lisburn Distillery is now of huge significance to the players and particularly their manager Marty Quinn.
How Quinn must wish he could rekindle the fighting spirit of his Cliftonville side which clinched title glory in 1998.
Four points adrift at the bottom of the Carling Premiership and with a game against Linfield at Windsor Park in the Irn-Bru Cup on Wednesday night, it seems there is no light at the end of the tunnel for the Lurgan Blues.
Both Crusaders goals were executed in clinical fashion, the first a glancing header from Declan Caddell in first half stoppage time and the second a sweet volley from Stuart Dallas on 55 minutes.
“There was no penetration from us,” said Quinn (pictured). “I’ve had strong words with the players and if those words can get through to the players then we’ll be all the better for it, but I wonder will it get through?
“I’m sure a lot people who came here today and paid good money won’t want to hear me say I’m up for the challenge but that’s the way I feel. I’m really up for it.”
His counterpart Stephen Baxter said: “We are disappointed we didn’t win more convincingly, however I’ll take 2-0 any day of the week. Our second half performance was much better with Aidan Watson, Stuart Dallas and David Rainey the three outstanding players on view.”