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Irish Cup Final: Crusaders 3 Ballinamallard 0 - Crues in control at Windsor

Crusaders celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park on May 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Crusaders celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park on May 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Crusaders celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park on May 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Crusaders celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park on May 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Crusaders celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park on May 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Crusaders celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park on May 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Crusaders celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park on May 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Crusaders v Ballinamallard Tennents Irish Cup Final - Crusaders Jordan Owens celebrates during today's game at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Crusaders' Jordan Owens celebrates his opening goal in the Irish Cup final
Crusaders' Michael Ruddy and Ballinamallard's Darragh McBrien (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)
Crusaders celebrate after scoring in the Irish Cup final (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)
Crusaders' Jordan Owens and Ballinamallard's Matthew Smyth (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)
Ballinamallard and Crusaders in action during the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park on May 4th 2019 (Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph)
Crusaders' Jordan Owens celebrates after heading his side into a 1-0 lead (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Crusaders' Jordan Owens celebrates after heading his side into a 1-0 lead (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Crusaders' David Cushley in action with Ballinamallard's Richard Clarke (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Crusaders' Michael Ruddy and Ballinamallard's Aaron Arkinson during today's game at Windsor Park in Belfast (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)
Crusaders' Sean Ward and Ballinamallard's Darragh McBrien during today's game at Windsor Park in Belfast (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press)
James Caldwell,James Junior and Jack Caldwell (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Claire, Evie, Lexy and Martin McGuinness (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Dave and Lee Edwards (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Tracey and Jordan Orr and Billy Arthurs (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Liz and Rab McClean and Deborah Bailie (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Barry McDevitt and Henry French (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
The White family from Bangor (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)

By Gareth McCullough

Crusaders are the 2018-19 Irish Cup champions after their 3-0 win over Ballinamallard United in the final at Windsor Park.

Stephen Baxter's side won their fourth Irish Cup crown with the straightforward victory that was as deserved as the scoreline suggests.

The Premiership side led after six minutes thanks to Jordan Owens, with Philip Lowry and Ross Clarke making the result safe early in the second half.

Championship side Ballinamallard worked hard all game and leave with their heads held high after a brave Cup run.

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