Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter has altercation with fan

Crusaders Jamie McGonigle holds off Institute's Graham Crown before firing home their equaliser.
Crusaders Jamie McGonigle holds off Institute's Graham Crown before firing home their equaliser.

Crusaders 1, Institute 1

A frustrated Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter clashed with a home supporter, after their disappointing draw against lowly Institute.

Institute defender Colm McLaughlin celebrates his goal opening at Seaview.

Institute defender Colm McLaughlin celebrates his goal opening at Seaview.

The Crues gaffer raced up into the stand behind his dug-out to confront a fan at the final whistle, however Baxter didn't want to talk about the incident.

"I'd would rather not talk about it, if you don't mind," he confirmed.

For the second week running Sean Connor's side rolled their sleeves up and battled hard for a deserved point, this time at title chasing Crues and should have nicked it right at the death, as Colm McLaughlin missed a golden chance in stoppage time.

Baxter made four changes from his side which defeated Ballymena United Bet McLean League Cup tie on Tuesday night, with Gerard Doherty, Howard Beverland, Gary Thompson, Ross Clarke and Jordan Owens all starting.

While Rory Hale and Paul Heatley both missed out completely, through suspension.

As for Stute youngster Jack Bradley replaced the injury defender Caoimhin Bonner, in their only change from last weekend's draw at Larne.

Crusaders had a half chance on six minutes as Beverland's right wing cross found Jordan Owens, but the big striker's glancing header from 12 yards flew over the bar.

Another teasing centre from the right, this time from Jarlath O'Rourke, found Philip Lowry, but the ex-Derry City man saw his header saved at the second attempt by Stute keeper Rory Brown.

The visitors should have taken the lead on 19 minutes after Kyle Owens' poor back pass was very short and only released Gareth Brown, but the centre-back got away with it, as the Stute striker's attempted chip over the out-rushing Doherty, was kept out by the keeper.

Moments later a stunning cross field pass by Jamie McGonigle floated over Conor Tourish to find Jordan Owens, he chested the ball down, but his close range strike was well saved by a out-rushing Brown.

Just after the half-hour a clever back heel by Lowry released Declan Caddell, who in turn found Ross Clarke and after creating some space inside the box, the winger's shot from the right hand edge of the box was parried away by Brown.

The visitors took the lead against the run of play on 38 minutes as Joe McCready's right wing cross found Gareth Brown, his close range header was superbly kept out by a diving Doherty, but McLaughlin was on hand at the back post to fire home the rebound.

Stute's lead only last 90 seconds as a long ball by Doherty found Jordan Owens, his flick-on caught out Graham Crown and McGonigle nipped in behind the centre-back, before blasting past Brown from just inside the box.

On 51 minutes a Billy-Joe Burns free-kick just inside the Stute half from the right, found Jordan Owens at the back post, but his powerful header was well parried away by a diving Brown.

Six minutes later Clarke raced clear down the right before his deep cross found Jordan Owens, but his downward header from close range was straight at Brown, who gathered at the second attempt.

The Seaview men thought they had taken the lead on 77 minutes as substitute Paul McElroy's cross from the left was initially saved by Brown, but the Stute keeper collided with the post and dropped the ball, substitute David Cushley was on hand to head home the loose ball, but he was flagged offside and the goal was ruled out.

In stoppage time Doherty was called into action as Bradley's lay-off to Aidan McCauley, saw the midfielder's 25 yard strike kept out by the diving Crues keeper.

Then with virtually the last kick of the game, Stute should have won the three points when a counter attack ended with McCready feeding McLaughlin, but with only Doherty to beat, the 26-year-old's close range effort hit the side netting.

Crusaders: Doherty, Burns, K Owens, Beverland, O'Rourke; Lowry, Caddell (McElroy HT), Thompson; McGonigle, J Owens, Clarke (Cushley 71).

Institute: R Brown, R Morrow, Crown, Tourish, Curry; McLaughlin, Grace (Leppard 82), McCauley, Bradley; G Brown (McIntyre 76); McCready.

Referee: Jamie Robinson (Belfast).