HUDDERSFIELD boss Simon Grayson and coach Glynn Snodin made cameo appearances as the Terriers narrowly lost their testimonial friendly with Irish League part-timers Crusaders 3-2 in Belfast last night.
Neither could inspire their side to victory as both clubs celebrated the testimonial of Northern Ireland international Colin Coates.
A sublime Anthony Gerrard free-kick and Jermaine Beckford twice put Huddersfield in front before the Crues pegged them back in a lively opening 25 minutes – and Kyle Dillon struck the winner a minute from time.
The star attraction, however, was Crusaders fan and Commonwealth IBF Intercontinental Super Bantamweight champion, Carl Frampton, who guested for the final 15 minutes.
Grayson’s men took the lead after only three minutes – and what a strike it was.
Anthony Gerrard let fly from 25 yards with a stunning, curling free-kick into the top corner – one his cousin, Steven, would have been very proud of.
The Terriers didn’t enjoy the moment for long, however, as Crusaders hit back on 13 minutes, thanks to a player returning to the club.
Brentford winger, Stuart Dallas, was given special permission to travel to Belfast and he showed his former fans what they had been missing, weaving his way into range and, although Ian Bennett parried his fist effort, he followed it up to slot home from eight yards.
By testimonial standards, the action was fast and furious.
And Town took the lead for a second time three minutes later.
Loan star Beckford ran from just inside the Crusaders’ half and out-paced the home defence before delicately clipping the ball over Sean O’Neill as he went to ground.
It was a finish which oozed class.
Anton Robinson flashed a shot wide as the gulf in standard began to shine through until another sloppy defensive lapse cost a soft goal – and Dallas struck again.
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