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Crues have lift off for another title challenge

 

By Conor McLaughlin

Crusaders commenced their charge to reclaim the Gibson Cup at the very venue where last season's bid fell to pieces.

Having celebrated two Showgrounds successes over Stephen Baxter's men last term, Ballymena United felt the full force of the Crues' revenge mission, when Paul Heatley's double and a red card for home defender Kyle Owens set the visitors up for a 4-1 triumph.

"We worked very, very hard in the pre-season build-up towards this game - especially after losing here both times last year," said Baxter.

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