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Crusaders 2-0 Coleraine


Crusaders beat Coleraine 2-0 despite having two players sent-off

Michael Halliday's two goals were enough to earn nine-man Crusaders victory over under-strength Coleraine.

Coleraine absentees included Leon Knight and their playing strength was further reduced early on when Marc Mukendi was forced off by injury.

Halliday struck the Crues ahead on 21 minutes and doubled the lead on 26.

In the second half, Crusaders' David Bell and keeper Niall Murphy both received straight red cards but the home side held on to win.

Bell was dismissed for a challenge on Jonny Watt while keeper Murphy appeared to lash out at a Coleraine player.

Indeed, there was a question mark over why the Bannsiders hadn't been awarded a penalty for Murphy's moment of madness.

Crusaders' win moves them level on points with second-place Glentoran with both teams five points behind leaders Linfield.

Recent signing Knight was unavailable for Coleraine because he was making a TV appearance in England.

Jonny Harkness was among a list of other absentees for the Bannsiders and they lost Mukendi as early as the second minute after he suffered a head injury.

Halliday struck the Crues ahead on 21 minutes with a superb finish after unselfish work by Owens and Morrow.

The Coleraine defence was marked absence five minutes later as Halliday was able to run in unopposed to slot past Davy O'Hare.

After the break, Howard Beverland's last-gasp challenge prevented Halliday from completing a hat-trick.

Darren Boyce and David Rainey hit the woodwork at either end in the second half.

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see also
Crusaders 1-2 Glentoran
26 Oct 10 |  Irish
Coleraine 3-2 Donegal Celtic
23 Oct 10 |  Irish

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