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Premiership

EURO HEARTACHE FOR BANNSIDERS

17 Sep 2020
football
© PressEye Coleraine's Stephen O'Donnell tussles for possession with Callum Lang
Coleraine suffered the agony of a penalty shoot-out defeat to Motherwell in their Europa League Second Qualifying Round clash at The Showgrounds.
 
The Bannsiders fought back from two goals down to force the game into extra-time but, on this occasion, they were unable to repeat their heroics against NK Maribor last month.
 
Motherwell moved in front on 16 minutes through Callum Lang after he knocked home the rebound despite Gareth Deane doing well to make an initial save.
 
Then, on 36 minutes, Tony Watt made it 2-0 with a low finish into the bottom right corner when the ball fell for him from Lang's volley across the box.
 
Coleraine pulled a goal back four minutes into the second half, Ben Doherty converting from the spot after he had been pushed inside the box by Mark O'Hara.
 
And Oran Kearney's side thought they had equalised just before the hour but Gareth McConaghie's finish was ruled out offside.
 
But did get back on level terms a minute from the end of normal time. Substitute Eoin Bradley was brought down by Bevis Mugabi - who was duly dismissed for the challenge - and Doherty stepped up to knock home his second penalty of the evening.
 
Coleraine tried to make their numerical advantage count in extra-time, almost edging in front early in second period when Bradley hit the bar before the ball was cleared to safety.
 
However, it needed penalties to separate the sides. Motherwell proved to be clinical from the spot, finding the net through O'Hara, Watt and Stephen O'Donnell to comfortably win 3-0 after Ian Parkhill, Lyndon Kane and McConaghie saw their efforts all saved by Trevor Carson.
 
Coleraine: Deane, Kane, Jarvis, Doherty, Lowry, McLaughlin, Carson, McConaghie, O'Donnell, Traynor, Nixon subs Gallagher (not used), Mullan (not used), Bradley (replaced Nixon 52), Tweed (not used), Parkhill (replaced Traynor 74), Glackin (replaced Jarvis 8), Allen (replaced McLaughlin 117)
 
Motherwell: Carson, Lamie, McGinley, Campbell, O'Hara, Mugabi, Polworth, Lang, Gallagher, Watt, O'Donnell subs Morrison (not used), Grimshaw (not used), Hastie (replaced Lang 87), Maguire (replaced Polworth 87), Seedorf (replaced McGinley 65), MacIver (not used), Long (replaced Campbell 91)