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Lowry thrilled to lead way and help Crues avoid a banana skin

Crusaders 3 Dundela 0

Double delight: Philip Lowry after firing home his first
Double delight: Philip Lowry after firing home his first

By Graham Luney

On a day when Queen's University grabbed the headlines for handing out a harsh lesson to Linfield, Philip Lowry was relieved to steer Crusaders into the sixth round of the Irish Cup.

Stephen Baxter's Cup holders, who will travel to Carrick Rangers in the next round, avoided slipping on this banana skin as they eased to a 3-0 win over Dundela at Seaview.

Former Blues favourite Lowry contributed two sublime finishes and after another slick move involving Jamie McGonigle, David Cushley also got on the scoresheet.

"These ties are about getting into the next round and Dundela made it difficult for us," reflected Lowry, who has four Cup winner's medals.

"Coming off a busy Christmas period there was going to be a bit of a lull but we got the goals at good times and progressed.

"The Queen's result again shows you anything can happen. I've been in the game long enough to know that especially away from home in a Cup tie, if your attitude is not quite right you could end up with egg on your face.

"Ballinamallard got to the final last season and the players in a league below are capable of producing a Premiership performance.

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"Teams are at a certain level because they are perhaps inconsistent but on their day they can be as good as anyone. If you aren't on your game you can lose."

CRUSADERS: O'Neill, Beverland, Lowry, McGonigle, Cushley (O'Rourke, 89 mins), Forsythe, Ruddy, Brown, Thompson, Heatley, McElroy (McGinley, 67 mins).Unused subs: Doherty, Hegarty, Caddell, K Owens, J Owens.

Dundela: McBride, King, Kerr, Tommons, Morrison, Murdock (Brown, 77 mins), Holden, Devine, Watts, Beggs (Kane, 71 mins), Burns (McMaster, 66 mins). Unused subs: McCawl, McComb, McNicholl.

Referee: Chris Morrison

Man of the match: Philip Lowry

Match rating: 6/10.

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