Academy League U18


26 Oct 2022

Coleraine fell to a four-goal defeat to Belgian visitors KRC Genk in their UEFA Youth League second round, first leg tie at The Showgrounds.

Despite showing plenty of endeavour the young Bannsiders fell behind midway through the first half after Evan Rotundo found the net from close range after connecting with a corner.

Then, on the half-hour mark, Wilson Da Costa added a second after Nolan Martens had cut the ball back into his path.

The visitors, who had beaten Slavia Prague in the last round, went further ahead through Kamiel Van de Perre who made his way into the area before finishing beyond keeper Billy McDowell into the bottom corner.

Thomas Claes then completed the scoring with five minutes remaining with a tap in into the empty net after rounding McDowell.

The sides meet again next Wednesday in Belguim.

Coleraine: McDowell, Stewart, Campbell, Dealey, Stinson, Callaghan, Patton, Curran, Moffatt, Feeney, Doherty subs Donnelly (not used), Watton (replaced Moffatt 46), Kelly (replaced Doherty 78), Cullen (replaced Feeney 63), MacKay (replaced Patton 88), Dennison (not used), Smyth (replaced Curran 64)

KRC Genk: Penders, Martens, Cauwel, Al Mazyani, de Grand, Van de Perre, Arabaci, Claes, Diawara, Rotundo, Da Costa subs Stevens (not used), Baskale (replaced Al Mazyani 88), Michiels (replaced Van de Perre 88), Bafdili (not used), Smekens (replaced Rotundo 73), Sakkali (replaced Diawara 72), Touré (replaced Da Costa 72)