was the ‘Gers who started the brighter out of the two sides, and deservedly
took the lead after fifteen minutes. Lloyd Anderson disposed Coleraine ‘skipper
Lyndon Kane and raced through on goal, taking a moment to compose himself before
rolling the ball past Chris Johns to open the scoring.
hosts looked to hit back immediately as James McLaughlin first dragged a shot
wide before Ben Doherty’s flicked header sent the ball just the wrong side of
on 22 minutes, the Bannsiders drew level. Centre-half Aaron Canning was given
the time to bring the ball out from the back and lob the ball over the top to McLaughlin
who finished low past Aaron Hogg to equalise.
the goals continued to flow and just five minutes later, Niall Currie’s men
re-gained their lead. Following sustained pressure in the Coleraine half,
William Faulkner picked out Sachem in the area who saw his first shot saved by Johns
but, on the ground, the American centre-forward powered in the re-bound to put
his side in front once again.
should have had a second soon after as he met a Jerry Thompson corner, sending
a headed effort towards the far corner. However, Mark Surgenor inadvertently blocked
the goal-bound effort as he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Thompson set-piece then caused more trouble for the home side as the left
wing-back’s powerful free-kick from the right of the box was palmed away by
Johns. James Ferrin reacted quickly to head the re-bound towards goal, but
Canning was covering on the line to clear what would have been another goal for
the other end, Oran Kearney’s side looked to equalise again as Josh Carson cut
in from the right wing and curled a left-footed strike towards the near post,
with ‘keeper Hogg pushing his effort away in what proved to be the final action
of the first half.
second half saw Coleraine immediately go on the hunt for an equaliser, and on
the 58th minute that is just what they done.
Glackin went down in the area following minimal contact from William Faulkner,
with referee Tim Marshall not wasting any time in pointing to the penalty spot.
in-form Doherty sent Hogg the wrong way, before Marshall instructed the
Coleraine man to re-take the spot-kick following an infringement in his first
attempt. Again, the midfielder stepped up and dispatched the penalty which this
time stood, drawing the Bannsiders level.
looked to the bench to make an impact on the game as Stewart Nixon replaced Guillaume
Keke, Michael Smith came on for Sachem and Liam Hassin took the place of Kyle
Cherry over a period of fifteen minutes.
was Coleraine who looked the more likely to score, however, and it took a
vital, stretching block from Hassin to deny Eoin Bradley’s shot.
on 85 minutes, Oran Kearney’s side netted the winner. Carson’s driven strike
from the right was palmed out by Hogg and collected by young substitute Alex
Gawne who, with his back to goal, hooked the ball over Hogg and into the far
corner of the net.
the end, that proved to be the difference between the sides as the ‘Gers picked
up no points for their valiant performance and left the North Coast feeling disappointed
Rangers: Hogg; Rodgers, Surgenor, Ferrin; Chapman, Faulkner, Cherry (Hassin,
73), Thompson; Anderson; Sachem (Smith, 66), Keke (Nixon, 60).
substitutes: McAuley, Carson, Neale, Magill.