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Crues bounce back to see off Coleraine in League Cup

Jordan Forsythe scores for Crusaders. Photo: Pacemaker

Crusaders 3-2 Coleraine

Crusaders came from a goal down to defeat Coleraine 3-2 in a highly entertaining Bet McLean League Cup tie at Seaview on Tuesday night.

The Crues enjoyed the better start, but were rocked after just nine minutes when Gareth McConaghie netted the opener.

However, Crues keeper Brian Jensen appealed that the Coleraine man had used his arm, but the goal stood.

The best chance for the home side to draw level came a minute from the break when striker Jordan Owens saw his header hit the woodwork.

It was all square three minutes after the restart with Jordan Forsythe making it 1-1.

The Crues doubled their tally on 60 minutes and again it was Forsythe on target.

Coleraine regrouped and three minutes later James McGonigle ended a fine run with a smart finish to level matters at 2-2.

Declan Caddell forced keeper Chris Johns into a superb save, but he find the net with what proved to be the winner on 75 minutes to complete a fine comeback by Stephen Baxter's side.

Declan Caddell scores for Crusaders. Credit: Pacemaker

Meanwhile, Ards caused a shock as they hammered high flying Glenavon 4-0 at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

The night had started brightly for the Lurgan side, but two goals in each half sealed a great win for Ards who move into the last eight of the competition.

The opener arrived from the penalty spot on 27 minutes, Michael Ruddy beating James Taylor with his spot kick.

The visitors were stunned again just four minutes later when Taylor was beaten again following a pinpoint shot by Jonny Frazer.

Any hopes of a Glenavon revival ended when Frazer headed home the third midway through the half and a great night was complete for Ards when Guillaume Keke added a fourth in added time.