It was a brave battling performance from the Mallards but in the end they came up just short.
Richard Brush pulled off a string of stops in the first half to keep the score level before substitute Matthew Snoddy flicked in the opener on 70 minutes.
Snoddy added another in the final minute of the match to give the Crues all 3 points.
We can't dwell on the result though, as we are off to the league leaders Coleraine on Tuesday evening.
FT U20s 2-4 Crusaders Reserves (Coalter & Stolberger)
On a brighter note, we had debuts for Ben Thompson and Ben Murray, whilst there was a welcome return to action for James McKenna.