A superb first forty five minutes saw Crusaders do more than enough to ease through to the Tennents Irish Cup Semi Final. A convincing 3-0 victory over Ballymena United at Seaview this afternoon with goals from Jordan Forsythe, Jordan Owens and Billy Joe Burns booked the passage through.
A good start by Crusaders resulted in three goals in nine first half minutes and it began when a delightful David Cushley back heel set up Jordan Forsythes goal before a great through ball saw Jordan Owens put the ball wide of Ross Glendinning to make it 2-0. The third came courtesy of a wind assisted cross that went sailing over Glendinnings head and Billy Joe Burns celebrated from the spot he hit it from around 40 yards out.
The second half did not live up the highs of the first half and only for a great save from Ross Glendinning from David Cushley it could have been more.
Full report to follow....