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Baxter full of pride as his Crues bow out

By Graham Luney

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter said he was proud of his boys after they displayed a never say die spirit in their IRN-BRU Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Inverness.

Trailing 3-0 at half-time to their slick full-time opponents, the Crues needed a miraculous comeback to progress to the final and they almost achieved it after Paul Heatley hammered in a brace.

Goals from George Oakley, Joe Chalmers, Jake Mulraney fired the hosts into the decider against Dumbarton but Baxter said: "We certainly didn't let ourselves down in any shape or form. We are very proud of our performance here tonight."

Crusaders midfielder Declan Caddell was sent off in injury time after protesting about the awarding of a penalty to the home side when he clashed with Liam Polworth. Inverness, who also had Brad McKay sent off in the 63rd minute, missed the spot-kick when Iain Vigurs poked it wide of the target.

FULL STORY: Crusaders should have beaten Inverness in Irn Bru semi: Baxter

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