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Match Centre

League Cup
Saturday 15 February 2020 (kick off: 7.30 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 4688

Referee: Ian McNabb

Coleraine home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Crusaders
  •   Stephen Lowry 27p'
  •   James McLaughlin 53'
  •   Jamie McGonigle 10'
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Coleraine celebrate with the BetMcLean League Cup ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

COLERAINE - BETMCLEAN LEAGUE CUP CHAMPIONS 2019/20!

Coleraine are the BetMcLean League Cup champions after coming from behind to defeat Crusaders at Windsor Park.

It's the Bannsiders first success in the competition since victory over Portadown back in the 1987/88 season and makes up for five final losses in the years that followed.

But it seemed ominous for Oran Kearney's side when, after just ten minutes, Coleraine old boy Jamie McGonigle fired the Crues in front after latching onto a poor clearance from keeper Chris Johns to send a composed finish into the net.

And McGonigle proved to be something of a problem for Coleraine when, soon after, he sent over a free-kick from the right to which Jordan Forsythe just failed to connect followed swiftly by a chance dropping wide from another attempted clearance.

Coleraine started to come into the game more as the first half progressed with James McLaughlin offering up a looped header from Jamie Glackin's free-kick but they almost fell further behind on 32 minutes when McGonigle tested Johns with another shot on goal which the keeper made heavy work of dealing with.

However, the tide started to turn soon after.

The Bannsiders were awarded a spot-kick on 37 minutes after Billy Joe Burns and Rodney Brown were adjudged to have brought down Jamie Glackin inside the area with Stephen Lowry calmly stepping up to slot the ball into the bottom right corner.

Then, seven minutes into the second half, the turnaround was complete. Josh Carson's corner floated over from the right caused problems for Crues keeper Sean O'Neill with McLaughlin forcing the ball home from close range.

The Crues attempted to respond with Forsythe having a go from distance which Johns easily dealt with but, with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, Ian Parkhill produced a good stop from O'Neill with a half volley from Glackin's pass.

Indeed, Coleraine looked to kill the game off as McLaughlin connected with a Curtis Allen cross but his header flew over the bar.

With time fast running out the Crues stepped up a gear in stoppage time. McGonigle headed straight at Johns before, moments later, he found himself unmarked in a dangerous position but failed to make the most of it when he blasted the ball over the bar.

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Canning, Lowry, McLaughlin, Carson, O'Donnell, Parkhill, Glackin, Traynor subs Gallagher (not used), Douglas (not used), Jarvis (replaced Traynor 24), Bradley (not used), McConaghie (not used), Fitzpatrick (replaced McLaughlin 83), Allen (replaced Mullan 55)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Lowry, McGonigle, Caddell, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Owens, Brown, Heatley, Dummigan subs Doherty (not used), Beverland (not used), Hale (replaced Caddell 76), Cushley (replaced Forsythe 71), Thompson (not used), McGinley (replaced Heatley 63), McElroy (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Coleraine   2 - 1 Crusaders
  • GOAL

    Stephen Lowry

    Coleraine

    27p'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Glenavon

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Reece McGinley

    Crusaders

    62'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    61'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Mullan

    Coleraine

    55'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Curtis Allen

    Coleraine

    55'
  • GOAL

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    53'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    53'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Traynor

    Coleraine

    26'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Jarvis

    Coleraine

    26'
  • GOAL

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    10'

Coleraine

  • Chris Johns
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Adam Mullan red substitution 55'
  • Aaron Canning
  • Stephen Lowry 27p'
  • James McLaughlin red substitution 82' 53'
  • Josh Carson
  • Stephen O'Donnell
  • Ian Parkhill
  • Jamie Glackin
  • Aaron Traynor red substitution 26'

Substitutes

  • Martin Gallagher
  • Steven Douglas
  • Aaron Jarvis green substitution 26'
  • Eoin Bradley
  • Gareth McConaghie
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick green substitution 82'
  • Curtis Allen green substitution 55'

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jamie McGonigle 10'
  • Declan Caddell red substitution 76'
  • Jordan Forsythe 61' red substitution 71'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 53'
  • Jordan Owens
  • Rodney Brown
  • Paul Heatley red substitution 62'
  • Cameron Dummigan

Substitutes

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Howard Beverland
  • Rory Hale green substitution 76'
  • David Cushley green substitution 71'
  • Gary Thompson
  • Reece McGinley green substitution 62'
  • Paul McElroy

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