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Crusaders ace Andrew Mitchell brace sinks Larne

Larne 0-2 Crusaders

By Ian Cahoon

Published 21/09/2016

Crues control: Andy Mitchell opened the scoring for Crusaders
Crues control: Andy Mitchell opened the scoring for Crusaders

Two first half goals from Andrew Mitchell sealed a routine win for Crusaders over Larne at Inver Park.

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter made a number of changes to his starting XI, leaving out Sean O'Neill, Colin Coates and Jordan Owens, but still eased into the last eight of the County Antrim Shield.

O'Neill's replacement in goal, Michael Dougherty, was called into action after just three minutes when he tipped over Ryan Kane's shot from 25 yards.

Just 10 minutes later he turned Gary Dorrian's low effort round the post.

It was the visitors who led on 20 minutes, however, as they made the most of their first opportunity of the match.

A free-kick, awarded 20 yards from goal, was tapped into the path of Mitchell and the former Rangers midfielder arrowed a shot into the top right corner of Joel Madison's goal.

Sixteen minutes later Marcio Soares was upended in the box by Chris Rodgers and Mitchell stepped up to blast his effort past Madison once again.

LARNE: Madison, Bradley, McKenna, Rodgers, Thompson (Mulholland), McIlveen, Templeton (Irvine), Dorrian, Kane, Hillen (McCabe), Henry

Unused subs: Arthur, Stuart.

CRUSADERS: Dougherty, Burns, Beverland, Gault, Mitchell, Soares, Carvill, Forsythe, Holden, Clarke (McClean), Heatley.

Unused subs: O'Neill, Caddell, Vauls, Kerr.

Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrick)

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