Belfast Telegraph

Crues find perfect finish to pour pain on 'Point

Crusaders 4 Warrenpoint Town 0

Man on: Crusaders winger Paul Heatley is closed down by Alan OSullivan at Seaview last night
Man on: Crusaders winger Paul Heatley is closed down by Alan OSullivan at Seaview last night
Ross Clarke

By Gareth McCullough

Two superb goals by Jordan Forsythe and Paul Heatley added to a Ross Clarke double to see Crusaders to a 4-0 win at home to Warrenpoint in the Danske Bank Premiership.

If Clarke's double was somewhat fortuitous, the same couldn't be said of Forsythe's goal, where a superb finish capped off a slick move, while Heatley showed all of his trickery to score the final goal deep into stoppage time.

The hosts were dominant in the opening period although the lead came in slightly fortunate circumstances on 13 minutes.

Heatley collected the ball on the left flank and curled it into the area where Clarke was steaming in and he managed to direct it off his knee and the inside of the left-hand post past Point keeper Berraat Turker.

Turker produced an excellent save to deny the Crues a second just three minutes later after Heatley had skipped past Anto Reilly.

From the resultant corner, Evan White cleared Jordan Owens' goalbound header off the line and, as the Crues chances kept coming, goalscorer Clarke was the next to have a go, but his shot was straight at Turker.

The second period began much as the first had ended with Heatley going close.

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Firstly, he poked wide from the left before screwing his effort over the bar. Turker had be alert twice in quick succession, firstly to push Colin Coates' looping header over the bar and then to save from a Forsythe effort.

However, Forsythe didn't have long to wait to grab the second. It came on 64 minutes when Heatley played the ball in from the left, it was teed up by Owens and Forsythe cracked in a superb volley that nestled into the corner.

The third arrived four minutes from time when Clarke fired in a low shot that squirmed in.

Heatley then rounded off the scoring with a goal of individual brilliance deep into stoppage time as he weaved his way into the box to beat defenders and goalkeeper before slotting home.

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Hegarty, Coates. Forsythe (Hale 79), O'Rourke, Caddell, Thompson (Lowry 69) Heatley, J Owens (Mathieson 83), Clarke

Subs not used: G Doherty, Beverland, Ward, Ruddy

Warrenpoint Town: Turker, White, Bennett, Reilly, Wallace, McVeigh (Taylor 82), Watters, O'Connor, Doyle (Copes 71), Griffin (O'Kane 60), O'Sullivan

Subs not used: Byrne, Mullen

Referee: Shane Andrews

Man of the Match: Jordan Forsythe (Crusaders)

Match Rating: 5/10

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