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Crusaders remain third after hammering Carrick 7-1

Crusaders Gavin Whyte celebrates a hatrick during Saturday's game at Seaview in Belfast. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Crusaders 7-1 Carrick Rangers

There were goals galore as Crusaders sank Carrick Rangers in a Seaview storm.

The Crues scored twice in quick succession, towards the 20 minute mark.

Baxter's side took the lead when Jamie Glackin was left with thesimplest of tap-ins after Paul Heatley's initial shot was parried away.

The Shore Road men then won a penalty - Gavin Whyte stepped up and madeno mistake from 12 yards.

It was all to easy for Crusaders who went 3-0 up when Whyte scored hissecond, hammering low into the corner of the net.

By the half hour mark it was four, Jordan Owens with the easiest of finishes.

Then Whyte capped his 19-minute hat-trick with a thunderous finish from 25 yards out which roared into the net.

Just 20 seconds into the second half, Carrick capitulated again -Glackin scoring again - his second of the match - prodding the ball into the far corner of the net from substitute David Cushley's ball.

Substitute Ryan Nimick got in on the act, adding the seventh goal.

Mark Clarke pulled a consolation back, heading past Brian Jensen from Mark Edgar's cross in the 85th minute.

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Crues too strong for Mallards

Matthew Snoddy scores for the Crues on Friday night. Credit: Pacemaker

Crusaders continue their climb up the table after securing a 2-0 win over Ballinamallard United at Seaview on Friday night.

The three points sees Stephen Baxter's side go joint second with Glenavon, ahead of the rest of the Danske Bank Premiership fixtures on Saturday.

Both goals came from Matthew Snoddy to see Crues home, but the home fans had to wait until the second half before seeing the ball in the net.

The first half remained scoreless mainly due to some fine goalkeeping by Mallards stopper Richard Brush who made the first of several key saves inside the first minute to deny Declan Caddell.

Snoddy came off the bench to make an impact as he grabbed the opener on 65 minutes and he then sealed the win with a second goal in the final minute.

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