Jordan hat-trick as leaders hit the Lurgan Blues for six and Crues five points clear

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Flying high...Crues striker Jordan Owens. Image: NIFL

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Crusaders raced five points clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership on Tuesday night by hammering third-placed Glenavon 6-1.

Jordan Owens hit a hat-trick at Mourneview Park with Gavin Whyte striking twice and Paul Heatley the other scorer.

That was all after Mark Sykes gave the home side an early lead. 

28-year-old Owens - the Crues' all-time record scorer - has now gone past the 200 goal mark for the club - a grand total of 201!

Manager Stephen Baxter praised his forwards, but made captain Colin Coates man of the match for his outstanding display at the back!

The Crues have netted 91 goals in 30 league matches and with eight games to play are on course to regain the title they lost to Linfield last season.

But Baxter says he's looking no further than this weekend's derby clash at Cliftonville...

Baxter's protege Owens is also setting his sights on the Reds...


Meanwhile, Ballymena United have boosted their chances of a top six finish with a 3-2 victory away to 10-man Dungannon.

Daniel Hughes scored twice for the Swifts who had Paul McElroy sent-off.

Johnny McMurray, Tony Kane and Leroy Millar were on target for the Sky Blues.

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