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CRUSADERS 3 Dallas 25, 85 Donnelly 47 COLERAINE 0 CRUSADERS manager Stephen Baxter was over the moon following his side's empathic 3-0 win over 10 man Coleraine.
The Cru gaffer was also thrilled that Stuart Dallas, a summer signing from junior club Coagh United, continues to grab the headlines, as he produced another man-of-thematch display.
"I thought our football from start to finish was top drawer and we bossed the game from start to finish," he admitted. "We scored three goals and might have scored another four and I don't think Coleraine had a chance on our goal, so that pleases me no end.
"We have seen him over the course of a season, watched him a few times when he played against us so we know what a talent he is. If that lad doesn't go to England then I'll eat my hat. He's a great young player and we are delighted to get him.
"He's only 19-years-old but he does it in training and does it naturally and his finishing is top drawer, but I also have to say that the whole team played well today.
"I know that Stuart will steal the headlines, but everyone did well."
Former Crusaders man Aaron six minutes playing against his old club, as the Coleraine midfielder was sent-off after lashing out at Ryan McCann. That dismissal didn't seem to effect the Bannsiders that much in the early stages and they had a good opportunity to break the deadlock after 11 minutes, but Paul Brown's weak strike was easily saved by Chris Keenan.
A long range strike from Cru striker David Rainey on 24 minutes brought a smart save by Davy O'Hare.
The Belfast men opened the scoring in spectacular fashion a minute later when Dallas hammered the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box after Rainey's lay-off fell to the youngster.
Right on the stroke of halftime Michael Halliday got away from his marker, but his left footed shot was parried away by O'Hare at full stretch.
Coleraine didn't heed that warning and they fell a further goal behind in stoppage time when Dallas' low centre found Halliday and he coolly stepped over the ball for the unmarked Martin Donnelly to fire high pass a stranded keeper. Ryan McCann, who received a yellow card in the first half was given his marching orders on 67 minutes after he was cautioned a second time after a late challenge on substitute Michael Hegarty.
Hero Dallas finished things off with a close-range third.
HERO: Crues hero Stuart Dallas celebrates the opener