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Crues get back on track as Lowry and Baxter show class

By Billy Weir

Just how big a goal Philip Lowry's injury-time winner at Warrenpoint Town on Saturday will be for Crusaders will become apparent at the end of the season.

But after a stuttering start, those who love their share of portents of doom were reaching for the 'Crues in crisis' headline when Mark Griffin stepped up for an 88th-minute penalty for Town with the scores level.

It was saved by Sean O'Neill, and four minutes later, deep in added-on time, up popped Lowry to turn what looked like defeat into an unlikely victory.

It was a massive goal for Stephen Baxter's men, but what impressed me most was his words for rookie boss Stephen McDonnell, who is having his own 'crisis' at the moment with his side pointless from four games.

But Baxter, who has witnessed just about everything there is to see from the dug-out, took time out to offer some words of comfort.

"For me, Warrenpoint have so much more going for them than I've ever seen," he said.

"In all the years I've been coming down here, it's as good a Warrenpoint performance as I've ever seen from them.

"They have ball players, they have defenders that know how to put their head through a ball. They just looked capable, and it's the first time I would say that. They'll do well this year."

Yes, it's easy to be magnanimous in victory some will cry, but fair play to the Crues chief, and nice to see some sense and class on a weekend of silliness.

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