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Lisburn Distillery 2 Crusaders 4

Crusaders’ young guns played their part in this win to keep their side in contention at the top of the table.

Four of the team jetted out to Portugal yesterday with the U23 international side, amongst them Stuart Dallas who bagged a double and Jordan Owens who had a big part on stage as well as a score to settle.

“Distillery came to our place and they got a result and we knew that we had to come up here and get our own back on them,” said Owens.

“But it’s always a tough place to come so to come and score four goals is another thing.

“We aren’t too happy about letting two goals in and we will work on that in training and get things sorted.”

Dallas scored his goals on 11 and 59 minutes. Glenn Ferguson had levelled things on 23 minutes but Michael Halliday restored the lead just before the interval.

Full-back Philip Simpson got the Whites back in it on 74 minutes but any revival was short-lived after Owens’ header just three minutes later.

The result keeps Crusaders third though boss Stephen Baxter has set no targets.

“We have said all along that we want to be in the top four as opposed to the bottom four” he explained, “but ask any manager that and he will tell you that.

“You are just concentrating on trying to pick up as many points as you can as the season progresses and hope that you can get into that mix with the split when it comes.

“There is so little separating all of the teams therefore we must concentrate because you can slip down this league as quickly as you can go up it.

“We will work hard at what we are doing, keep the players focused, no expectations of what we can or can’t do, take one game at a time and try and stay in the chasing pack and we are doing that quite well.”

Opposite number Tommy Wright wants his side to show greater belief.

“We created a lot of chances against a good side,” he said.

It was a fairly even game, we competed a lot more with them than we did when we were at Seaview and I think that maybe part of our problem is that we don’t maybe have enough belief in ourselves.

“I believe that we can go on and compete with the likes of Crusaders and Cliftonville and push up the table but I think a slight problem with us that we don’t really have that belief that we can do that.”

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