Irish Premiership: Coleraine 2-6 Crusaders

Crusaders beat Coleraine 6-2 in an action-packed Irish Premiership contest at the Showgrounds.

Paul Heatley bagged a first-half double as Crusaders romped to a 6-2 victory over Coleraine in an entertaining encounter at the Showgrounds.

The winger's goals put the Crues in control before Gavin Whyte made it 3-0 and Gary McCutcheon's penalty added to the lead early in the second half.

Ian Parkhill and David Ogilby scored consolation goals for Coleraine either side of a Jordan Owens tap-in.

Substitute Diarmuid O'Carroll completed an emphatic win for Crusaders late on.

Heatley opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a clinical strike into the bottom corner from an Owens throughball.

Heatley's superb curling effort from 18 yards doubled Crusaders lead in the 32nd minute with Owens again the provider.

Crues winger Gavin Whyte celebrated signing a new three-year contract in style when he smashed in a third after a corner was half-cleared by the home defence.

McCutcheon converted a 54th minute penalty after Aaron Canning's foul on Heatley.

The Bannsiders pulled one back in the 64th minute with Ian Parkhill slotting home after a flick on by Gary Browne.

Crusaders four-goal lead was restored in the 71st minute as striker Jordan Owens met a Colin Coates header from a corner to tap in from close range.

Coleraine captain David Ogilby headed in a Neil McCafferty corner to make it 5-2 after 73 minutes.

The visitors rounded off an emphatic victory with substitute Diarmuid O'Carroll completing the scoring a minute from time.

The rout brought Coleraine's three-game unbeaten run to an end and they remain without a win at home so far this season.

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