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Crusaders finally complete quest

Published: Friday 11 July 2014, 9.19CET
Crusaders FC manager Stephen Baxter hailed his players as "history makers" after they progressed through a round in Europe for the first time in 14 attempts.
by Darren Fullerton
Crusaders finally complete quest
Stephen Baxter (left) celebrates with two-goal striker Paul Heatley ©Press Eye (Belfast)

Match statistics

EkranasCrusaders

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts13
 
13
on target3
 
5
off target6
 
5
blocked4
 
3
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners10
 
3
Offsides3
 
3
Yellow cards6
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed22
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
21

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Published: Friday 11 July 2014, 9.19CET

Crusaders finally complete quest

Crusaders FC manager Stephen Baxter hailed his players as "history makers" after they progressed through a round in Europe for the first time in 14 attempts.

Crusaders FC manager Stephen Baxter hailed his players as "history makers" after the Belfast side celebrated a club first in Lithuania.

Two goals from winger Paul Heatley secured a 2-1 second-leg win and 5-2 aggregate victory over FK Ekranas to ease the Crues through to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. It is the first time the Northern Irish club has progressed in Europe, the Seaview men having fallen at the first hurdle in UEFA competitions in 13 previous attempts.

"It's a fantastic result and an historic achievement for the club," said Baxter, whose side now play IF Brommapojkarna of Sweden, travelling to Stockholm next Thursday night. "It's a very proud moment for Crusaders and very special for everyone connected with the club.

"I've told the players they've written their names into club history and they deserve the utmost credit. We have had to wait a long time to progress in Europe and I'm just delighted we have been able to do it in style. The players deserve immense praise for the way they conducted themselves over the two legs. They stuck rigidly to the game-plan and got the result they deserved."

The Crues, who boasted a 3-1 lead from last week's first leg in Belfast, were ahead on 56 minutes through Heatley. Lukas Kochanauskas pulled one back for Ekranas, before Heatley put the tie to bed with his second goal of the game on 71 minutes.

"We knew what was at stake and we were determined to create a little piece of history for the club," said two-goal hero Heatley, 27. "It was very special to score twice in such an important game for the club, but like everyone else my full focus was on progressing. The most important thing was getting ourselves into the next round."

Last updated: 03/06/15 6.31CET

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Lineups

ekranas

Ekranas

crusaders

Crusaders

1
ŽukauskasLukas Žukauskas (GK)
1
O'NeillSean O'Neill (GK)
3
DūdaMartynas Dūda
2
BurnsBilly Joe Burns
6
Donatas PetrauskasDonatas Petrauskas (C)
Yellow Card89
4
LeemanPaul Leeman (C)
10
SalamanavičiusTomas Salamanavičius
Substitution59
8
MorrowChris Morrow
Substitution90
11
UmehUchenna Umeh
11
RobinsonJoshua Robinson
15
ŠušnjarAleksandar Šušnjar
Yellow Card90+2
12
CaddellDeclan Caddell
18
KochanauskasLukas Kochanauskas
Goal60
Substitution65
17
McCleanCraig McClean
77
E. BaranauskasEdgaras Baranauskas
Yellow Card49
Substitution52
18
OwensJordan Owens
80
EliveltoElivelto
20
R. ClarkeRichard Clarke
88
PilotasRytis Pilotas
Yellow Card30
21
CockcroftStephen Cockcroft
Substitution55
93
GirdvainisEdvinas Girdvainis
Yellow Card63
22
HeatleyPaul Heatley
Goal56
Goal71
Substitution73

Substitutes

99
TimofejevasKornelijus Timofejevas (GK)
29
McCreaJack McCrea (GK)
4
UrbysSigitas Urbys
5
MagowanDavid Magowan
Substitution90
5
MeškinisAivaras Meškinis
Substitution65
Yellow Card84
9
AdamsonTimmy Adamson
8
TamulevičiusEdvardas Tamulevičius
Substitution59
10
O'CarrollDiarmuid O'Carroll
Substitution55
9
DapkusTomas Dapkus
19
SnoddyMatthew Snoddy
Substitution73
Yellow Card84
14
StanulevičiusRokas Stanulevičius
23
WhyteGavin Whyte
20
NorvilasDovydas Norvilas
Substitution52
25
DempsterCurtis Dempster

Coach

Valdas Dambrauskas (LTU) Stephen Baxter (NIR)

Referee

Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)

Assistant referees

Mykola Levko (UKR), Yevhen Khalamendyk (UKR)

Fourth official

Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)

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