Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport -

CRU­SADERS ex­tended their lead at the top of the Premier­ship af­ter hit­ting In­sti­tute for six at the Brandy­well yesterday.

Paul Heat­ley (left) and Philip Lowry put the Crues in con­trol with first half goals while Stute de­fender Mark Scoltock saw red just be­fore the break.

Jor­dan Forsythe and Rory Hale made it 4-0 not long af­ter the restart be­fore a sec­ond for Heat­ley and a 90th minute strike for new sign­ing Paul McEl­roy rounded off a great day’s work for the vis­i­tors.

James McLaugh­lin was sim­i­larly ruth­less for Col­eraine against Dun­gan­non Sw­fits, scor­ing four in a 5-0 rout of the vis­i­tors. His first goal came in the 48th minute and Aaron Jarvis net­ted a minute later asOran Kear­ney’s side ran riot in the sec­ond half.

Just down the road, Bal­ly­mena United also racked up a big score, win­ning 4-0 against War­ren­point de­spite los­ing An­drew Burns to a red card in the 58th minute. There was just one goal in it at that stage, cour­tesy of Leroy Mil­lar’s early strike.

But the Sky Blues made light of the sit­u­a­tion and Andy McGrory’s su­perb free-kick dou­bled their lead be­fore Cathair Friel’s late brace.

Glen­toran proved they are a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion by battling back to win 2-1 against Larne.

Jeff Hughes had put the vis­i­tors ahead in the 34th minute but Paul O’Neill lev­elled the scores and Mar­cus Kane cap­i­talised on a mistake from Conor Mitchell to nab all three points.

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