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Three see red as Crusaders stroll to easy victory

Ten-man Crusaders beat nine-man Institute for the first time this season, in Drumahoe last night.

The Shore Road men ran out deserved winners and with bottom club Lisburn Distillery beating Portadown, the gap between them and Stute is now only three points.

The visitors deservedly broke the lead in the 21st minute when left-back Stephen McBride’s effort at goal flashed across the box and David McMaster ghosted in at the back post to fire home from close range.

Institute levelled things soon after when Holmes’ terrific free-kick into the six-yard box was flicked goalwards by David Ogilby, before flicking off Jordan Owens and into the net.

Crusaders fired home a second on 62 minutes when Ross Arthur’s knock down fell to Doherty, who coolly chested the ball down before firing home on the turn from close range.

Stute were reduced to ten men on 72 minutes when Kevin Ramsey was sent-off for an off the ball incident with Doherty.

Both sides had men dismissed on 87 minutes when both Thomas Wray and Crues substitute Aaron Black were shown straight red cards from referee Raymond Crangle after they clashed off the field.

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Right at the death a defensive mistake from Stute sub Jason Blackburn allowed Donnelly to skip away and calmly side foot home past the out-rushing Ryan.

Institute: Ryan, Wray, Boyle, Ogilby, Seydak; McClements, Shields, McClean, Holmes; Divin, Ramsey. Subs: McCready for McClean (34); Blackburn for Clements (63); Friars for Shields (74).

Crusaders: Keenan, McKeown, Magowen, Gibson, McBride; McMaster, Doherty, McCann, Donnelly; Owens, Arthur. Subs: Black for Arthur (74); Rainey for Owens (92).

Referee: Mr Raymond Crangle (Belfast).

l REFEREE Colin Burns has written to the Irish FA in an attempt to have Mickey Collins' suspension lifted.

Burns dismissed the Crusaders midfielder in Saturday's 4-1 win over Newry City for a deliberate handball — his second bookable offence but replays clearly showed he headed the ball out.

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