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Birthday boy Josh Daniels denies Crusaders as Glenavon earn late draw at Seaview

Glenavon's Joshua Daniels pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during tonight's Danske Bank Premiership game at Seaview in Belfast.
Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.
Glenavon's Joshua Daniels pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during tonight's Danske Bank Premiership game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison. Pacemaker Press.

Crusaders missed the chance to draw level on points with second-placed Ballymena United when they were held 1-1 at home by Glenavon thanks to birthday boy Josh Daniels' late equaliser.

It was an eye-catching volley from the former Derry City winger, who connected perfectly with Eoin Wearen's cross to salvage a draw for the visitors, who dominated the second half at Seaview.

"Overall, a draw was a fair result," said MOTM Glenavon defender Caolan Marron told the BBC.

"Going in 1-0 down at half-time isn't easy but thankfully Josh scored a wonder-goal to get a draw for us. Josh is a quality player. He's 23 today so he'll go home happy with that screamer."

The Crues led at the break after David Cushley blasted home from long range just two minutes before the half-time whistle.

It was an effort that Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey will be disappointed not to have stopped as it caught the stopper wrong-footed and evaded his dive.

After Daniels' leveller,  Glenavon were the side looking for the winner but the best chance fell to defender Seamus Sharkey, who could only drive wide of a crowded goal-mouth.

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A win would have brought the Lurgan Blues within three points of their opponents but the draw at least sees Gary Hamilton's side go six points clear of fifth-placed Coleraine.

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