Belfast Telegraph

Baxter thrilled as Crusaders prevail in derby cracker

Target men: Crues match winner Jordan Owens
Target men: Crues match winner Jordan Owens
Reds' Joe Gormley

By Graham Luney

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter hailed a sensational north Belfast derby win over Cliftonville at Seaview last night after Jordan Owens won the battle of the Danske Bank Premiership's top strikers.

Joe Gormley netted twice for the Reds to become the club’s record goalscorer on 172 strikes but Owens had the final say in a real thriller which kicked off the BBC’s coverage of live Friday night games in style.

Gormley surpassed Kevin McGarry’s total of 170 goals with a penalty before Rory Patterson’s leveller.

Ross Clarke’s superb free-kick put the Crues ahead and Gormley equalised with another spot-kick before Owens hit a dramatic injury time winner.

“We had a great hunger and showed great commitment,” said Baxter.

“It was more like the Crusaders we know.”

Gormley said: “I’m not fussed on records, I’d rather have the three points, so I’m really disappointed. To lose out in that manner late on was really frustrating.” Crusaders move up three places to third and six points behind leaders Glenavon while Cliftonville are sixth.

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