Causeway Chronicle

Crues progress in North West Cup

East-End 3-6 Coleraine Crusaders FC

Saturday was the second attempt to get this North West Cup tie played after being rained off the previous week.

In years gone by this was a massive derby in the town and the talent on show in those days was the best in the local area.

With a league separating both nowadays the Crues went into this as one as favourites. East End, much changed since last year, housing some experience players took the lead on 6 minutes when the Crues overplayed at the back.

Remaining patient the Crues were back on level terms on 12 minutes when Sean Heneghan curled in a free-kick from the left of the 18 yard box. A 2nd Crues goal came shortly after, Robert Hunter with a free kick from outside the box with a great left footed shot. Settled now and hoping to take control of the game the Crues were pegged back. East-Ends McCandless scoring at the back post after excellent work from former Crues man Boyd down the right.

Now 2-2 East-End thinking why not have a go and that they did, scoring there 3rd just past the 35th minute mark much to the Crues management frustration. With it approaching half-time the Crues remained patient and played some good football.

Awarded a corner on the stroke of half-time Robert Hunters delivery was headed goalwards by James Stirling and Krissy Thompson diverted it beyond the keeper, 3-3 Half-time.

In the second half the Crues controlled from the off, creating some excellent chances but just couldn’t find the finish. East-End were hoping for a counter attack but the Crues controlled possession and defended well. Introducing some fresh legs it wasn’t long until there was another goal, that goal came the way of the Crues, an excellent team goal with Jamie Baxter finding Decky McGahon who linked with Mackey and Gaile on the right and his cross was finished by McGahon scoring at the back post 4-3.

With Crues pressing and East-Ends keeper pulling off several excellent saves it was only a matter of time before the Crues struck again, Jamie Baxter grabbed the 5th goal of the game beating a defender and cutting inside and finishing well. There was time for the Crues to further extend their lead when Scott Weir got on the scoresheet finishing from close range to make the final-Score 3-6.

Coleraine Crusaders FC would like to wish all its Players, Committee Members, Club Sponsors and Supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Causeway Chronicle Photographer Aaron McCullough was on hand to capture the action.

Aaron McCullough

Aaron McCullough