SHEVLIN AND FRIEL ON TARGET FOR BANNSIDERS
A goal in each half helped Coleraine defeat Dungannon Swifts at The Showgrounds.
The game got off to a quiet start with only a Ronan Wilson effort from distance going wide and Cathair Friel's looping header over the bar providing a couple of rare moments of promise.
But that all changed just after the half-hour mark when Jamie Glackin fired over a first time cross from the right for Matthew Shevlin to direct a header past Dwayne Nelson to open the scoring.
Coleraine then doubled their advantage four minutes into the second half. Glackin again provided the crucial ball into the area, which Shevlin then knocked on for Friel to head beyond Nelson from the edge of the box.
The Bannsiders might have extended their lead later in the half with efforts from Josh Carson. The first, a half volley from Lyndon Kane's cross, went over while an effort from an acute angle was tipped around the post by Nelson.
Coleraine: Deane, Kane, Brown, Lowry, Carson, Wilson, O’Donnell, Glackin, Traynor, Shevlin, Friel subs Henderson (not used), Mullan (not used), Jarvis (replaced Friel 72), Bradley (not used), Tweed (not used), Parkhill (replaced Shevlin 90+1), Kelly (replaced Wilson 84)
Dungannon Swifts: Nelson, Coyle, Glynn, Cowan, Knowles, Mayse, Campbell, Gallagher, McGinty, McBrien, McGee subs Groogan (not used), McAleer (replaced Campbell 78), McCready (replaced Gallagher 59), McKendry (not used), Glenny (not used), Conway (replaced Coyle 78), Convie (not used)