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Crusaders 5-4 Glenavon

Crusaders come from two down to win a nine-goal thriller against Glenavon at Seaview

Crusaders came back from two goals down to beat Glenavon in a goal-packed Premiership clash at Seaview.

Trevor Molloy scored two early goals, one a penalty, for Glenavon but Jordan Owens netted twice for the Crues.

A smashing volley by Chris Morrow put Crusaders in front in the second half and that lead was extended through goals by David Bell and Stuart Dallas.

Shell-shocked Glenavon staged a revival with Trevor Molloy completing his hat-trick and James Costello making it 5-4.

Glenavon do not have a great record on the Shore Road, but they must have thought they had laid the foundations for an away win when they went two goals up inside 18 minutes.

Molloy scored a penalty on seven minutes after a Stuart King's free-kick had been handled and he fired home his second after a loose ball fell to him in the box.

The Crues pulled one back in the 23rd minute when Owens headed in after Martin Donnelly's corner.

Good play three minutes by Michael Halliday then set up Owens to score the equaliser.

Morrow fired Crusaders into a 58th-minute lead after a ball in from the left had been headed back by Dallas.

Bell made it 4-2 with a great shot from the edge of the box and then Dallas burst through to clip the ball in with his left foot for the home side's fifth.

Molloy tapped in his hat-trick goal in the 75th minute after sub Costello's low cross was flicked on by Sammy Stewart.

Costello then jinked his way through to shoot past keeper Chris Keenan to set up an exciting finish.

Crusaders held on for the win which lifts them above Glenavon, Linfield and Cliftonville and into third place in the table.

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see also
Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena Utd
31 Aug 10 |  Irish
Glenavon 0-1 Glentoran
04 Sep 10 |  Irish

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