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Football: Gr-eight stuff...

By Mark McAuley

Published 10/09/2006

Crusaders came from behind to book their place in the last eight of the CIS Cup with a spirited display at Seaview yesterday.




Crusaders came from behind to book their place in the last eight of the CIS Cup with a spirited display at Seaview yesterday.

Ballymena took a 19th minute lead through Garth Scates, who slotted past goalkeeper Aaron Hogg following Kevin Kelbie's assist.

That was as good as it got for the Sky Blues, however, as the home side battled back.

The Crues drew level less than 10 minutes later when Chris Morrow's cross was converted by former Ards ace Davy Rainey.

The winning goal came with just two minutes to spare when David Larmour lashed home for his first goal for the club since his summer move from champions Linfield.

Boss Stephen Baxter was delighted to have guided his side into the quarter-finals of the competition.

He said: "Obviously we are very pleased with today's performance.

"The three points are very important because I felt if we won we would qualify.

"We are very pleased to be top of the group.

"We are delighted for Davy Larmour because there were high expectations of him when he came here and he's settling in very well.

"His work rate today was phenomenal.

"I'm also pleased for our other scorer Davy Rainey.

"Every time I look at Jeff Spiers I think to myself that, if Teddy Sheringham can do it at 40, then Jeff can do it at 39!

"We are doing well at the moment, trying to pass the ball and play to our strengths.

"We have a lot of young lads and they are working hard and if they keep working hard they will do okay."

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