Causeway Chronicle

Coleraine Crusaders ‘crues’ to Morning League Division One Title

Coleraine Crusaders Football Club capped off another magnificent season as they Clinched the Coleraine & District Morning League 1 Title.

The Club have now sealed back to back promotions and back to back league titles since re-forming the club just 2 years ago. A magnificent achievement for the Club and all involved. 

On Saturday they welcomed Glenshane Athletic and with much reminiscent of this time last season, The Crues held a feeling of Deja Vu in preparing for their final game of the season, where the result would knight them League Champions for the second campaign in a row. 

Anderson’s Park was well set up for the occassion, illuminated by Green and Black, not to be deterred by any purple patches seen on the day. 

A large crowd watched on hoping the home side would stand victorious at the final whistle.

A huge reshuffle in organisation due to the home side having a few key players unavailable, it seen some notable position changes made by the club management, attackers and midfielders in defensive positions, a redesigned dynamic, but all with the same goal, winning the league. 

The game started with the home side on the front foot, a chance fell to Chris Mawhinney within the opening two minutes which forced a wonderful save from the Glenshane keeper. This pressure was kept up and intensified until veteran Johnny Gaile latched on to an inviting ball from Club Captain Adam Campbell, with Gaile making no mistake in slotting it into the bottom corner and giving the home side a deserved advantage. 

The home sides pressure was still progressively as dominant for the opening 20 minutes, between goal line clearances, last ditch tackles and steady goalkeeping from the away side, The Crues were in disbelief at how they hadn’t put this game out of sight. Sights were then quickly narrowed as Glenshanes McCloskey stepped up to dispatch a cool finish into the bottom corner, to bring the away side level after a defensive mix up from The Crues. 

The goal didn’t hinder the home sides attitude, if anything it served as a wake up call to be more clinical in order to get the game secured. It was winger Steffan Boyd who was particularly most alert to this, as he dispatched a well timed header and a neat bottom corner finish to give the visitors a two goal cushion and put one hand on the league title. Crues went in 2-1 up at half-time but easily could have went in 5 or 6 up and the watching crowd would not have disagreed.

The 2nd half the Crues looked to put this game out of Glenshanes reach. A few early 2nd half changes from the away side showed their intent to get back into the game, resolute defending shown by the home side wiped away any fears of the match being turned on it’s head. As the Crues pressed forward it the home side who got the next goal. Steffan Boyd scoring his 2nd goal of the game as made space on the edge of the box and smartly finished into the near post on 48 minutes. With this goal it tightened the Crues grip on the Title and those watching on who had hoped for a Crues defeat made there way home. The Crues kept their constant goal threat up and defended well giving keeper Nial Clarke an easy day between the sticks. As the clock wound down the Crues extended their lead as Kacper Sobera scored number 4 on 82 minutes with a smart and composed finish that killed the game off and capped off another 3 league points which secured the Club the Morning League 1 Title. 

The Club would like to Thank Lean & Clean Coleraine for Sponsoring Saturday’s League game.

Coleraine Crusaders 1 Nial Clarke GK 2 Kristopher Thompson 3 Adam Mackey 4 Andrew White 5 James Stirling 6 Jonathan Gaile 7 Steffan Boyd 8 Adam Campbell CP 10 Declan McGahon 11 John Quinn 12 Christopher Mawhinney Substitutions 9 Jamie Baxter 13 Gary Campbell 14 Trevor Hutchinson 15 Kacper Sobera 16 Richard Close

Glenshane Athletic 1 Patrick Welsby GK 2 Callum McKernan 3 Cathal Hone 4 Mark McCloskey 5 Caolan Irwin 6 Thomas Doran 7 Barry Hazlett CP 8 Sean McCloskey 9 Chad Deeney 10 Tiarnan O’Neill 11 Cianan Burke Substitutions 12 Gary Brady 13 Darragh McElhinney 14 Jack McGonigle 17 Joseph McEldowney 18 Eunan Dallas

Referee: Stephen McGuckin

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