BANNSIDERS HIT THREE PAST BLUES
Goals from Lyndon Kane, Matthew Shevlin and Jamie Glackin saw Coleraine sweep to a 3-0 defeat of morning leaders Linfield at The Showgrounds.
The Bannsiders needed just 11 minutes to open the scoring when Kane calmly converted from the spot after the referee adjudged that Ethan Devine was guilty of handball from a Shevlin effort.
It took Linfield some time to respond in what turned out to be an edgy and tense first half, with their only real effort of note coming a few minutes before the break when Kirk Millar tested keeper Gareth Deane from distance.
The Blues looked like levelling just after the hour but Jordan Stewart was thwarted by an Aaron Jarvis block while, a few minutes later, Devine saw a header saved by Deane.
However, Coleraine doubled their advantage with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when Shevlin turned inside the box to superbly finish past Chris Johns.
Linfield almost pulled one back on 85 minutes when a Matthew Clarke corner was turned onto the bar by Deane but Coleraine broke on the counter attack to go straight down the other end for Glackin to fire number three into the top corner.
Coleraine: Deane, Kane, Mullan, Brown, Jarvis, Lowry, Carson, O’Donnell, Glackin, Allen, Shevlin subs Gallagher (not used), McKendry (replaced Shevlin 82), McLaughlin (not used), Bradley (not used), Wilson (replaced Glackin 90+1), Traynor (not used), Mitchell (replaced Allen 70)
Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Newberry, Callacher, Millar, Stewart, M. Clarke, McClean, Devine, Fallon, Mulgrew subs Walsh (not used), McKee (replaced McClean 70), Pepper (replaced Stewart 77), A. Clarke (replaced Newberry 77), Archer (not used), McCoubrey (not used), Montgomery (not used)