Darren McCauley made sure of victory for Coleraine (Picture: Matt Mackey/PressEye.com)
Friday, 22 December 2017
A goal at either end of the second half helped Coleraine to victory over Warrenpoint Town at Milltown.
The Bannsiders got off to a determined start with Jamie McGonigle creating a number of early openings while Ian Parkhill saw a 21st minute effort blocked by Conor McMenamin.
Then, around the half-hour mark, Gareth McConaghie sent a free-kick just wide from the edge of the area after Brad Lyons had been brought down just outside the area.
Further efforts followed but it took the Bannsiders until three minutes after the break to finally find a way through courtesy of Parkhill's effort from the edge of the box which took a deflection on its way past the unlucky Johnny Parr.
McMenamin prevented a second goal soon after with a headed clearance off the line from a Josh Carson effort.
'Point might have levelled on the hour when McMenamin teed up Darren Murray from a quickly taken free-kick only for the woodwork to be rattled from the edge of the box.
And Warrenpoint came close again nine minutes from time when Coleraine 'keeper Chris Johns had to be alert to thwart Lorcan Forde.
However, the visitors made sure of the points in stoppage time through Darren McCauley's low finish from the edge of the box.
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Warrenpoint Town: Parr, Foster, Dane, Mackle, M. Murray, McMenamin, D. Murray, S. Murray, Wallace, McGrandles, Reilly subs Moan (not used), Roohi (not used), Forde (replaced Foster 56), T.J. Murray (replaced McGrandles 64), Türker (not used)
Coleraine: Johns, Mullan, Harkin, McCauley, Smith, McConaghie, Lyons, O'Donnell, Parkhill, Traynor, McGonigle subs Doherty (not used), Douglas (not used), Ogilby (not used), Carson (replaced Lyons 45+1), Whiteside (replaced Parkhill 87)
Referee: Raymond Crangle
|Darren McCauley||90 +3|
|Bradley Lyons||45 +1|
|Josh Carson||45 +1|