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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 10 August 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Coleraine Showgrounds

Attendance: 1385

Referee: Ian McNabb

Coleraine home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Eoin Bradley 64'
  •   Joe Gorman 89'
football
James McLaughlin tries to open the scoring with an overhead kick ©Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

BANNSIDERS AND REDS FINISH LEVEL AT THE SHOWGROUNDS

Coleraine and Cliftonville battled to an equal share of the points and the goals from this season opener at the Showgrounds.

After a tribute to former Reds boss Tommy Breslin, who passed away earlier in the week, it took until the 18th minute for either side to create the first effort of note when James McLaughlin tested Richard Brush with an overhead kick.

Brush's opposite number, Chris Johns, was called into action around the half-hour mark to deny Joe Gormley before play switched to the other end for Stephen Lowry to direct a header just wide.

Either side could have gone in at the break on top with chances right at the end of the first half. Thomas Maguire might have handed Cliftonville the advantage but couldn't find the target after showing neat footwork inside the area while, moments later, Ben Doherty smashed the crossbar from a McLaughlin knock down before Levi Ives cleared the danger.

The deadlock was finally broken on 64 minutes when Doherty delivered a superb cross for Eoin Bradley to flick beyond Brush.

Cliftonville came close to levelling soon after when Ronan Doherty played Conor McMenamin into position but he could only fire wide after facing Johns one-on-one.

McLaughlin had a chance to extend Coleraine's lead with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining after winning the ball on the edge of the area to send a left-foot drive just the wrong side of the far post.

But just as it looked the Bannsiders were going to secure the points up popped Gormley on 89 minutes to power the equaliser past Johns after a long ball got behind the home defence.

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Canning, Doherty, Lowry, McLaughlin, Bradley, Carson, McConaghie, O'Donnell, Parkhill subs Mullan (not used), Douglas (not used), Burns (replaced Bradley 85), Glackin (replaced McLaughlin 75), Gawne (not used), Shiels (replaced Lowry 88), McGuckin (not used)

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Ives, R. Curran, Wilson, Bagnall, Doherty, Gormley, Maguire, McMenamin, Gorman subs Dunne (not used), C. Curran (replaced Bagnall 84), Harkin (replaced Maguire 65), Garrett (replaced McMenamin 76), Foster (not used), A. Donnelly (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Coleraine   1 - 1 Cliftonville
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Burns

    Portadown

    90+2'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor McDermott

    Cliftonville

    90+2'
  • GOAL

    Joe Gorman

    Unregistered Players

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Lowry

    Coleraine

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Dean Shiels

    Unregistered Players

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eoin Bradley

    Coleraine

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Burns

    Portadown

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McMenamin

    Cliftonville

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Garrett

    Unregistered Players

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Glackin

    Coleraine

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Canning

    Coleraine

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Maguire

    Cliftonville

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Harkin

    Unregistered Players

    65'
  • GOAL

    Eoin Bradley

    Coleraine

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Liam Bagnall

    Cliftonville

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    59'
  •  Yellow Card

    Liam Bagnall

    Cliftonville

    52'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joe Gorman

    Unregistered Players

    17'

Coleraine

  • Chris Johns
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Aaron Canning 71'
  • Ben Doherty
  • Stephen Lowry red substitution 88'
  • James McLaughlin 59' red substitution 75'
  • Eoin Bradley red substitution 85' 64'
  • Josh Carson
  • Gareth McConaghie
  • Stephen O'Donnell
  • Ian Parkhill

Substitutes

  • Adam Mullan
  • Steven Douglas
  • Aaron Burns 90+2' green substitution 85'
  • Jamie Glackin green substitution 75'
  • Alex Gawne
  • Dean Shiels green substitution 88'
  • Emmett McGuckin

Cliftonville

  • Richard Brush
  • Conor McDermott 90+2'
  • Levi Ives
  • Ryan Curran
  • Ronan Wilson
  • Liam Bagnall 52' red substitution 64'
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley
  • Thomas Maguire red substitution 65'
  • Conor McMenamin red substitution 76'
  • Joe Gorman 17' 89'

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Chris Curran green substitution 64'
  • Aaron Harkin green substitution 65'
  • Stephen Garrett green substitution 76'
  • Seanan Foster
  • Aaron Donnelly

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