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‘Crues’ control at the Park!

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Saturday saw Articlave visit Anderson’s Park on a wet and soggy Saturday morning to face a strong Coleraine Crusaders.

The Crues still missing a few players through suspension still fielded an experienced and youthful line up. Articlave on the back of a couple of good results came with nothing to lose and full of confidence.

The Crues controlled the possession throughout the game but Articlave were intent on having a go at any opportunity that arose. Crues had several good chances through Jamie Baxter and John Quinn early on but former Crues keeper Aaron Riley in the Away goal was there to thwart them.

Articlave had good opportunities from early free-kicks in and around the box but Crues dealt with them well and cleared any danger. With early Crues pressure a goal was sure to come and on 27 minutes Jamie Baxter headed home after Sean Heneghan’s cross into the box, 1-0. Articlave had some good young players in attack who linked well at times and created a few good chances but couldn’t hit back to draw level.

Another blow was dealt to Articlave on 34 minutes when Adam Campbell’s cross was inadvertently headed into his own net by Hammy Gamble. Adam Mackey did great individual work to create a good chance to extend the Crues lead but couldn’t keep his shot down as half-time approached.

The second half started with The Crues again on the front foot looking to extended their lead. Jamie Baxter having another good chance for Tom Robinsons cross but he couldn’t direct his header goalwards.

In control, the Crues got goal number three. Kacper Sobera with his first for the Club, latching onto a great through ball and smashing home high into the net past keeper Riley,

Articlave still tried to play football and create chances when they could but found it hard to break the crues down. A great opportunity came their way on the hour mark when Jonny Guyler had a free-kick and his well taken dead ball looked destined for the top corner but Crues keeper Nial Clarke quickly shifted to push it over the bar, a great save from an excellently struck free-kick.

Crues still looking to extend their lead saw good chances from Bob Hunter and Adam Campbell go close. This pressure was rewarded for the Crues, Jamie Baxter grabbing his 2nd of the game, linking well with James Stirling to finish well into the bottom corner of the Articlave net from the edge of the box 4-0. With the clock running down the Crues added another goal to make it 5 and cap off a comfortable home win, Adam Campbell striking goalwards and a slight deflection saw it wrong foot keeper Riley and nestle in the corner.

Both Coleraine Crusaders and Articlave pass on their sincere condolences to the Shirlow family after the sad passing of Andy Shirlow.

A minute’s silence was observed before today’s game in remembrance of Andy who was a legendary figure in local football and players and officials from both clubs past and present all played under Andy’s guidance in years gone by.

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