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Heatley coming to terms with contract woe after heroics

By Alex Mills

Crusaders goal hero Paul Heatley is kicking himself he cancelled his Sky Sports contract. The 29-year-old lit up Monday night's live television broadcast with two stunning goals against Ballinamallard United at Seaview helping his team to a 3-1 win.

Although Linfield had cut the gap at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership table to four points following their win over Ards at the weekend, Stephen Baxter's boys again bared their title teeth, suggesting it's going to take something special to prevent them from racking up a record breaking hat-trick of Gibson Cup successes.

They may have had to come off the ropes following Shane McGinty's shock opener, but Jordan Owens levelled before little Heatley took centre stage, with two magical moments.

Unfortunately, he had no facility to set the Sky-planner!

"I wish I had Sky at home. Perhaps I'll get someone to send me a video of the game," he chuckled. "That would be a nice one for a little private collection. Seriously, I probably get all the plaudits for my goals, but it was a team effort.

"The first goal was one of those ones you just give it a go. I heard one of the boys, Jordan Forsythe, shouting not to hit it. If it had been Colin Coates I may have listened, but it fell nicely.

"I got a great connection and thankfully it was one of those that sailed into the net.

"The adrenaline was just flowing through me after that. I thought I could get away with anything. All of a sudden the tiredness disappears and you get more an more involved in the game. That's why I had the confidence to just keep going and going for the second.

"I though it was an outstanding team performance in the second half, we were particularly sound in defence. It allowed us to penetrate at the other end."

Heatley believes the Crues are now in the best possible shape for the remaining six games of the league campaign.

He added: "We stood up to the test, just as we do every time."

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