Six changes to the starting line-up for Glenavon as Kyle Neill, named as Captain for today, starts would could be his last league match for the Lurgan Blues.

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James Taylor, Kris Lindsay, Joel Cooper, Caolan Marron, Greg Moorhouse and Robbie Norton are in from the start.

06: 1-0 Gavin Whyte runs onto Gavin Whyte’s flick-on and angles a shot into the bottom corner giving James Taylor no chance.

27: 2-0 Whyte turns provider as he cuts a ball back from the bye-line and Paul Heatley tucks the ball away at the near post.

38: 3-0 Heatley showed a great touch to instantly control a long, high punt down the middle and steers the ball beyond a stranded Taylor

44: 4-0 Carvill grabs his second of the game, again a great touch allowed him to control a ball into the box by Owens and lift it over Taylor.

58: 4-1 What a strike by Robbie Norton! From 30 yards his strike into the top corner gave Sean O’Neill no chance.

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78: 5-1 Jordan Owens gets on the scoresheet with a curler from the edge of the box. In the build-up Caolan Marron picked up a bad knock just after Gary Hamilton had used his final two subsitutes. The young defender has had to go off leaving Glenavon to finish the game with ten men.

90+4: 6-1 Crues sub Matthew Snoddy taps in from six yards after Taylor palms a low cross into his path.

Seconds after Andy Hall headed over the Crues bar from a Joel Cooper cross Michael Carvill latched onto a flick-on by Gavin Whyte and angled a low shot across Taylor into the bottom corner.

Jordan Owens squandered several chances to extend the Crues lead and Paul Heatley was only inches wide with a low 25th minute  shot as Andrew Mitchell cut out a cross-field pass from Jenkins and raced forward before slipping in Heatley.

Two minutes later Heatley made no mistake when he nipped in at the near post to tuck away a cut-back from the bye-line by Whyte.

Heatley grabbed his second in the 38th minute and Carvill joined the double party a minute before half-time.

As news filtered in from Solitude that Linfield had come back to take a 2-1 lead, Robbie Norton picked up the ball 30 yards out and unleashed a superb drive into the top corner that left O’Neill grasping thin air.

Crusaders: O’Neill (c), Burns, Beverland, McClean, Carvill, Caddell, Mitchell, Forsythe, Whyte,Heatley, Owens. Subs: Cushley, Dougherty (GK), Snoddy, Keane, Suarez

Glenavon: Taylor, McGrory, Lindsay, Marron, Neill (c), Hall, Kilmartin, Norton, Cooper,Moorhouse, Jenkins. Subs: Marshall, Young, Canning, Singleton, Gray

Referee: Andrew Davey