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.