SHEVLIN HITS THE SPOT FOR BANNSIDERS
A Matthew Shevlin penalty midway through the second half proved enough for Coleraine to defeat Carrick Rangers at The Showgrounds.
Although scoreless at the break, the Bannsiders did have opportunities to hold the half-time advantage with Shevlin perhaps creating the best opportunity when his early header was well saved by Ross Glendinning.
Coleraine were reduced to ten men just before the hour after Jamie Glackin was shown a straight red card following a tackle on the Lloyd Anderson on the edge of the area.
The ten-men might have moved in front soon after when Dean Jarvis sent an inviting cross over but both Shevlin and Andy Scott couldn't get a touch to direct it home.
But the deadlock was broken on 70 minutes when Shevlin was upended inside the area by Ronan Kalla and, after composing himself, stepped up to fire home the resultant spot-kick.
The visitors almost came away with a point when, in the closing minutes, Nedas Maciulaitis touched the ball back for Anderson but he was denied in front of goal by a superb stop from keeper Martin Gallagher.
Coleraine: Gallagher, Kane, D. Jarvis, Brown, McKendry, McCrudden, Carson, O’Donnell, Glackin, McDermott, Shevlin subs McDowell, A. Jarvis, Fyfe, Farren, Lynch, O’Mahony, Scott
Carrick Rangers: Ross Glendinning, Forsythe, Surgenor, Ervin, Gordon, Cushley, McGuckin, Cherry, Reece Glendinning, Tilney, Anderson subs Hogg, Kalla, Buchanan-Rolleston, Dupree, Waite, Maciulaitis, Andrews