Crusaders back in seventh heaven... as Linfield see red
Champions take advantage as Blues see red at Windsor
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter hailed his comeback kids after the race for the title took another twist on a night of thrilling drama in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The Crues, who lost 2-1 to Linfield at Seaview on Saturday, swept Ards aside 4-2 and Linfield's surprise 1-0 defeat to Coleraine at Windsor Park fired the Shore Road men seven points clear at the summit.
"I thought we were absolutely magnificent," said Baxter, whose side fought back from 2-0 down at the Bangor Fuels Arena. "We were excellent tonight."
Jordan Allan's goal stunned Linfield at Windsor Park where Jimmy Callacher was sent off while Glenavon won a seven-goal thriller at Ballymena United and Glentoran thumped Portadown 5-0 at Shamrock Park.