Johnny Black celebrates his late, late winner with his Coleraine team-mates (Picture: Jordan McAvoy/PressEye.com)
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
A LAST gasp Johnny Black winner at Solitude saw Coleraine book their place in the IRN-BRU League Cup final at Cliftonville's expense.
Black struck in the final minute of extra-time with a clinical finish beyond John Connolly.
The Bannsiders moved in front on ten minutes through Gareth Tommons in somewhat fortuitous circumstances after his initial effort came back off the woodwork and ricocheted into the net via Connolly.
Cliftonville had the wind to their advantage after the break with Ryan Catney, Martin Donnelly and Aaron Smyth all threatening Michael Doherty's goal.
They eventually levelled on 71 minutes through a M. Donnelly spot-kick after Stephen Lowry was adjudged to have handled the ball.
And Donnelly almost won it for the Reds 12 minutes later with a looping effort onto the woodwork while Joe Gormley was unable to keep his follow-up on target.
Extra-time ensued with Lowry and Curtis Allen both going close before, as the prospect of penalty shoot-out loomed, Black emerged to send the visiting fans into euphoria.
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|Stephen Garrett||-- --|
|Joe Gormley||-- --|
|Darren Stuart||-- --|
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