Causeway Chronicle

74 title winners will be guests of honour at Coleraine’s final home game of season

It’s the final home game of the season on Saturday, with Crusaders the visitors.
It will be a day of celebration, with the 1974 title winning side present.

Hopefully the current team can make it a special day by continuing their recent fine form.
Here’s the stats that matter ahead of kick off.
Coleraine extended their unbeaten league run to eight, with a dramatic equaliser in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Linfield at Windsor Park.
The Bannsiders have gone nine games in all competitions without a win at Windsor Park but did end a run of three consecutive defeats.
Jamie McGonigle scored his fourth career Coleraine goal against Linfield in 21 appearances for the Bannsiders.
McGonigle also has his most career goals against Coleraine’s next opponent Crusaders.
Jamie has 11 goals in 18 appearances for Coleraine against the Crues in all competitions.
The Coleraine number 19, back for his second spell at the club, now has 61 goals and 17 assists in his 169 appearances for his boyhood club.
Coleraine go into the fixture six league games unbeaten at home and have only lost one of their seven home league matches in 2024.
Once a fortress, Coleraine will want to make the Showgrounds a ground again that every away team fears.
Coleraine’s home league record this season reads:
Played 19
Won 7
Drew 6
Lost 6
Scored 27
Conceded 27
The Bannsiders only conceded 15 goals in 19 home league appearances last season.
Crusaders come into the game on the back of a rich vein of form themselves.
The Crues have only lost one of their last nine league fixtures and will want to gain the final European place via thel Pay Off’s as a send-off to their long-term manager Stephen Baxter.
Crusaders are four points clear of Glentoran in the league and as things stand, Coleraine will travel to the Oval in the semi-final, while Carrick Rangers will travel to Seaview to play Crusaders.
Last time out (16/03/24)
Crusaders 1 Coleraine 1 (Seaview)
Previous league fixtures at Coleraine Showgrounds.
30/09/23 Coleraine 0 Crusaders 4
09/12/22 Coleraine 2 Crusaders 0
08/11/22 Coleraine 1 Crusaders 2
16/04/22 Coleraine 1 Crusaders 4
18/12/21 Coleraine 0 Crusaders 0
12/03/21 Coleraine 2 Crusaders 0
Oran Kearney’s record against Crusaders:
Played 47
Won 15
Drew 11
Lost 21
Scored 55
Conceded 74
Oran Kearney has had his most career managerial fixtures against Crusaders and Stephen Baxter.
Random stat of the week:
New Coleraine assistant Dean Shiels lost all seven fixtures as manager of Dungannon Swifts against Coleraine and his team failed to score in all seven games.

Form table last eight league games.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson