Darren McCauley (70)


James Singleton (89)


Jordan Jenkins and Jamie McGonigle in action (Picture: Lorcan Doherty/PressEye.com)


Coleraine inched closer to earning a Europa League spot with this draw at home to Glenavon.

The Lurgan Blues held the edge during the opening exchanges, albeit without any real bite in front of goal with their best chance coming when James Gray cut inside but saw his shot gathered by Chris Johns.

Then, on 18 minutes, Rhys Marshall rose to meet the ball at the far post but, again, Johns was on hand to deal with his header.

Coleraine's best effort perhaps came after half-an-hour when Eoin Bradley tested Johnny Tuffey from a tight angle after being played through.

Not long after that James McLaughlin turned a shot just wide after both Marshall and Kris Lindsay failed to clear the ball.

Mark Patton could have broken the deadlock for Glenavon just before the hour mark but he failed to find the net despite going one-on-one with Johns.

However, Coleraine moved in front on 70 minutes through Darren McCauley with a back post volley after Ian Parkhill had crossed from the right.

But Glenavon earned a share of the spoils with a minute remaining when James Singleton made no mistake after connecting with a Moorhouse cross.

And, indeed, Gary Hamilton's side might have snatched a stoppage time winner only for Coleraine 'keeper Johns to produce a world class save to deny Rhys Marshall.

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Harkin, Douglas, McLaughlin, Kee, McConaghie, Lyons, McGonigle, Bradley subs McCauley (replaced McLaughlin 58), McCafferty (replaced Kee 68), Parkhill (replaced Lyons 14), Edgar (not used), Allan (not used)

Glenavon: Tuffey, Kelly, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Marshall, Patton, McGrory, Martyn, Singleton, Jenkins, Gray subs Neill (not used), Cooper (replaced Patton 63), Doyle (not used), Moorhouse (replaced Jenkins 68), Renato (replaced Kilmartin 76)

Referee: Tim Marshall

Attendance: 998

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