08 Jul 2021
© Lorcan Doherty/PressEye Ben Doherty fired Coleraine into an early lead
A penalty in either half saw ten-man Coleraine slip to a narrow defeat away to Velež Mostar in their Europa Conference League first leg tie in Sarajevo.
The Bannsiders got off to a dream start when, as early as the ninth minute, Ben Doherty fired them in front after skipping past his marker and firing from distance low past the keeper into the bottom corner.
As might have been expected Velež fought back quickly, coming close on a number of occasions before levelling from the spot eight minutes from the break. 
Aaron Traynor was adjudged to have handled the ball as he attempt to block a shot with Brazilian striker Brandao stepping up to send Gareth Deane the wrong way.
And it took a second penalty midway through the second half to give Velež the edge going into next week's return leg.
Unfortunately, on this occasion, Oran Kearney's side were also reduced to ten men when Lyndon Kane was dismissed after seemingly blocking a goalbound effort with his arm.
Again, Brandao converted the resultant spot-kick into the bottom corner despite Deane diving the right way.
Velež Mostar: Bogdanović, Radović, Zvonić, Zeljković, Ćosić, Anđušić, Ovčina, Brandao, Hasanović, Zajmović, Radovac subs Kačavenda, Zubanović (replaced Radović 82), Pršeš (replaced Hasanović 46), Georgijević (replaced Brandao 67), Isić (replaced Zvonić 46), Osmić (not used), Sijamija (not used), Ferreyra (not used), Alagić (not used), Vehabović (replaced Anđušić 58)
Coleraine: Deane, Kane, Canning, Brown, Doherty, Lowry, Carson, Wilson, Glackin, Traynor, Shevlin subs Gallagher (not used), Jarvis (replaced Shevlin 69), McLaughlin (replaced Canning 83), Bradley (not used), Allen (not used), Kelly (not used), Friel (not used)