James McLaughlin (40)


Ryan Deans (19)


Coleraine 'keeper Michael Doherty saved three times in the penalty shoot-out (Picture: Russell Pritchard/PressEye.com)


Coleraine defeated HW Welders to reach the quarter-finals of the JBE League Cup but only after a penalty shoot-out at The Showgrounds.

The Welders shocked their senior hosts with a not undeserved opening goal on 19 minutes after a Scott Davidson corner from the right was turned home by Ryan Deans via a deflection.

However, the Bannsiders levelled on 40 minutes through James McLaughlin with a close range finish from Aaron Mullan's left-wing cross.

The visitors came close to regaining the lead on the hour with only a perfectly timed tackle from Mullan thwarting Josh Cahoon while, for Coleraine, Ian Parkhill twice tested Michael Dougherty.

Ruairi Harkin had perhaps the best chance of extra-time only to fire straight at the Welders 'keeper.

Penalty sequence
Coleraine - Neil McCafferty scores - 1-0
HW Welders - Scott McMillan scores - 1-1

Coleraine - Ruairi Harkin saved - 1-1
HW Welders - Sammy Devine saved - 1-1

Coleraine - James McLaughlin scores - 2-1
HW Welders - Craig Middleton saved - 2-1

Coleraine - Lyndon Kane scores - 3-1
HW Welders - William Armstrong saved - 3-1 (Coleraine win 3-1)

Coleraine: Doherty, Mullan, Douglas, McCauley, McCafferty, Harkin, Brown, Watt, McLaughlin, Lyons, Kane subs Parkhill (replaced McCauley 65), McGonigle (replaced Brown 65), Findlay (not used), Falconer (replaced Mullan 111), Law (not used)

HW Welders: Dougherty, Dickson, Armstrong, McMurray, Spence, McMillan, Deans, Davidson, Bowers, Cahoon, Rainey subs Devine (replaced Bowers 75), Middleton (replaced Davidson 75), Shields (not used), Galbraith (not used)

Referee: Ross Dunlop

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