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Carrick Rangers 1 Crusaders 2

Crusaders recorded their first away victory of the season, at the unlikely venue of Seaview.

The Crues now share their north Belfast ground with Carrick Rangers, who are currently waiting for a 3G surface to be installed at Taylor's Avenue.

Crusaders weren't quite as hospitable on the pitch, defeating the IFA Premiership new boys 2-1, thanks to goals from Northern Ireland internationals Stuart Dallas and Colin Coates.

The Crues picked up the three points without Jordan Owens in the team, who was dropped after a poor performance against Glentoran last week.

“Is Jordan disappointed? Well, I'd like to think so. He should be gutted. You should be busting to play every game,” said Seavie boss Stephen Baxter.

Crusaders took the lead in the 20th minute with splendid team goal, that involved a nice interchange between Gareth McKeown, Timmy Adamson and Stuart Dallas. It was Dallas who eventually slotted the ball past his old team-mate Chris Keenan.

Colin Coates doubled the Crues’ lead after half-time with a veracious penalty after Chris Murray fouled Michael Halliday.

Carrick pulled one back through Paul Owens with 19 minutes remaining, but they were unable to complete the comeback.

Despite his side’s two defeats in the first two games, Carrick boss Stephen Small believes his side can take positives from their opening fortnight as an IFA Premiership club. Small said: “I'm confident if we play like have in the last weeks, we will get some points on the board soon.”

Belfast Telegraph