Coleraine boss Rodney McAree watched his current club defeat his old side (©INPHO/Freddie Parkinson)
Saturday, 22 December 2018
Coleraine boss Rodney McAree guided the Bannsiders to victory over former club Dungannon Swifts at The Showgrounds.
The game got off to a sluggish start with perhaps the first real effort of note not arriving until around 17 minutes had elapsed when James McLaughlin nodded wide from a free-kick while Darren McCauley fired off target from 18 yards.
However, the deadlock was broken on 31 minutes when the aforementioned McCauley was upended in the box by Kris Lowe. He dusted himself down, regained his composure and slotted the resultant spot-kick past Alex Moore high into the net.
Ian Parkhill might have added a second on 39 minutes only to fire just wide from around 14 yards while, at the other end, Chris Hegarty failed to find the target with a free-kick.
Coleraine doubled their lead five minutes into the second half. McCauley turned provider with a run down the left before cutting inside to find McLaughlin who, in turn, turned a left-foot finish home.
McLaughlin came close to doubling his tally a couple of minutes later but could only blaze over when through on goal.
The Swifts pulled a goal back on 62 minutes through Daniel Hughes when he skipped past a couple of defenders before threading the ball under Chris Johns at the far post.
Swifts keeper Moore almost gifted Coleraine a third when he spilled a Josh Carson free-kick just the other side of an upright.
He redeemed himself towards the end to keep out a Jamie McGonigle shot before Hughes almost earned a point for the visitors after taking the ball round Johns outside the area but didn't get the necessary strength on his shot to prevent it being cleared to safety.
Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Harkin, McCauley, Lowry, McLaughlin, Carson, McConaghie, Parkhill, Canning subs Doherty (not used), Douglas (not used), Bradley (not used), Crown (replaced Kane 84), Gawne (replaced Parkhill 73), McGonigle (replaced McLaughlin 60), Whiteside (not used)
Dungannon Swifts: Moore, Dykes, Hegarty, Wilson, Armstrong, Clucas, Hughes, McElroy, O’Rourke, Lowe, Lafferty subs Teggart (not used), Patton (replaced Lafferty 62), Burke (not used), Hutchinson (replaced O'Rourke 62), Campbell (replaced Wilson 84), Smyth (not used), O'Carroll (not used)
Referee: Evan Boyce