Crewe United maintain their unbeaten run with a fine Irish Cup win

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Crewe United produced another fine performance to continue their unbeaten run this season so far as they made the long trip to Derry to face Newbuildings in the Irish Cup.

The Glenavy side emerged 3-2 winners to go into the hat for the next round.

Crewe broke the deadlock on the half hour mark as Matty Harkin volleyed the ball over his left shoulder and left the home keeper stranded as it nestled into the top corner.

Crewe doubled their advantage soon after when Peter McCabe charged down a clearance from the Newbuildings keeper which broke to Mark McCullough.

With the goal at his mercy McCullough struck the ball on the half volley into the open net from 25 yards out.

As expected the home side came out fighting. However the tie looked all but over when after 55 minutes Matty Harkin latched on to a through ball from Fra McGuinness, cut across the defenders and slotted home for his 5th goal of the season.

Newbuildings hit back as they broke down the Crewe left leaving Crewe Keeper Corey Wilson no chance of saving from close range on 65 minutes.

Within five minutes the Derry side were very much back in the game as they struck again to make it 3-2.

The Glenavy side held on to book their place in Round 2 of the Irish Cup.

This Saturday they face stiff competition again in the Steel and Sons Cup Round One against Queens University at Crewe Park, 1.30pm Kick off.