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Brave Crues do us proud

Late agony for Irish League battlers against Premier stars Wolves

Attack mode: Crusaders midfielder Philip Lowry takes on Wolves ace Adama Traore at Molineux last night
Attack mode: Crusaders midfielder Philip Lowry takes on Wolves ace Adama Traore at Molineux last night
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Crusaders produced a spirited and disciplined performance against Wolves at Molineux last night but the Premier League side snatched a 2-0 victory, with the second goal not arriving until deep into added time.

Stephen Baxter's side faced a daunting test in the Europa League second qualifying round first leg tie against a side who were returning to European football for the first time in 39 years but they only trailed 1-0 at the break.

The Crues' brave resistance was broken in the 37th minute when Adama Traore's cross was hammered into the net by Diogo Jota.

Wolves were expected to go through the gears in the second half in front of the 29,708 crowd but they couldn't double their lead until the last few seconds of the game.

Ruben Vinagre slotted in the second in the 93rd minute when keeper Sean O'Neill was unable to scoop up a cross. The Crues will now welcome Wolves to Seaview for the second leg next Thursday.

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