Crusaders tonight eased to a 4-0 win over Warrenpoint Town and with it moved to the top of the Premiership on goal difference after only two games. The performance was excellent and with a clean sheet thrown in it was a good night all in.
Crusaders started strongly as expected and laid siege to the Warrenpoint goal but didn't really create any chances in the opening 10 minutes. That changed though on 13 minutes when Rosss Clarke opened the scoring when he kneed home a Paul Heatley cross from 6 yards out and Crusaders where on their way. Turker was in great form in the Warrenpoint net and he saved the visitors on many occasions through the game. He saved Paul Heatleys shot before Jordan Owens header was cleared off the line and Paul Heatley went close just before the half hour when his shot from distance went just wide. Jordan Owens then headed straight at Turker when well placed while Thompson, Caddell and Clarke all missed good chances. As the half ended Crusaders ramped up the pressure but could not score again before the half ended mainly to another great save from Turker.
The second half continued like the first and it was all Crusaders. Heatley started brightly and had two chances which he could not convert in the first few minutes. Ross Clarke had a shot blocked and Heatley had two more chances but the second breakthrough was getting closer. It finally arrived on 64 minutes when a Paul Heatley got to the byeline and cut the ball across to Jordan Owens. He then pushed the ball beautifully into Jordan Forsythes path who volleyed across the goal into the net and it was 2-0. Jordan Owens was denied again by Turker while Philip Lowry met with the same fate with his shot soon after. Caddell and Heatley failed to get a touch on a good Lowry cross while Philip Lowry missed a good chance when well placed in front of goal. Crusaders got a third on 86 minutes when Ross Clarkes well hit shot was fumbled by Turker and he could only watch as the ball fell over the line and it was 3-0. Billy Joe Burns then had his shot saved before Ross Clarke had a great chance of a hat trick but Turker got back in time to save. With seconds remaining of added time Crusaders added a fourth when Paul Heatley ran in on goal and after dancing round the keeper and defenders he eventually slotted the ball home and the 4-0 scoreline ended the game.
So a great display and great performance with a clean sheet gives Crusaders maximum points but they know the next game will have a greater challenge. We travel to Solitude for the first North Belfast Derby of the season on Saturday and Cliftonville are on form like ourselves. A great game in prospect. Don't miss it.