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Title treble would be special bit of history for Crusaders, says Philip Lowry

Crusaders 3 Carrick Rangers 0

By Graham Luney

Philip Lowry feels Crusaders are closing in on a historic title treble, an achievement that wasn't even a distant dream when the Shore Road club lost it's Premiership status in 2005 and appeared to be drowning in debt.

The former Linfield favourite knows all about expectation levels at Windsor Park but the north Belfast side had only won four championships compared to the Blues' 51 when manager Stephen Baxter got the champagne corks popping again in 2015.

Crusaders have worked their way up from rock bottom to the very top of Irish League football and now 10 points in front of Linfield, with seven games remaining, they are firm favourites to cross the line first again.

David Healy's side entertain Cliftonville in front of the Sky Sports cameras this evening but Lowry admits the champions are "in the driving seat."

"Three titles would be amazing for this club," said the midfielder whose 19th minute goal opened the scoring in the 3-0 win over Carrick Rangers at Seaview.

"I've only been here this season but historically with Linfield's resources and support it is expected from them but Crusaders came from nowhere 12 years ago to be in a position of strength to go for a third title but we will take it one game at a time.

"We are in the driving seat, and Linfield have a big game on Monday. They are never easy and Cliftonville will be well up for it even though they haven't had the season they wanted.

"It will be competitive but we will look to our next game against Ballinamallard."

Jordan Owens on 60 minutes and Billy Joe Burns (66) were also on target as the champions got back to winning ways.

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