Causeway Chronicle

After Saturday’s frustrating finale . . .

Bannsiders hoping for home comforts

It’s four years now since Coleraine won at Mourneview Park in the league against Glenavon.

Thankfully, you only have to go back to October for their last success at the Showgrounds . . . a thumping 4-1 win.

And that’s why home form could be vital when the two teams meet again at Ballycastle Road on Tuesday in the BetMcLean Cup quarter final.

The prize at stake is a home semi final against either Portadown or Loughgall.

That Conor McKendry inspired win a few weeks ago bucked a recent trend, with the Lurgan Blues enjoying the better of recent exchanges.

Tuesday’s tie is too close to call going by Saturday’s recent league clash.

The Bannsiders had to settle for a point when Glenavon – reduced to ten men just before half time – hit a sickening injury time equaliser.

Having conceded twice in injury time to throw away a two goal advantage earlier in the season at Dungannon, this was a hard one to take for the travelling fans.

Lessons clearly hadn’t been learned.

Manager Oran Kearney couldn’t hide his frustrations as he watched a re-run in Mid Ulster.

“I felt we did the hard stuff extremely well,” said Oran.

“Then the part that you should be able to do with your eyes closed has let us down.

“It’s deeply frustrating!”.

“The most frustrating thing is that after they went down to ten men I don’t remember them being in our final third very much,” added Oran.

“I don’t remember Gareth Deane having anything to do.

“To me when you do the hard bit of cracking it and getting the goal, the easy part is killing the last ten minutes.

“I felt the last ten minutes was sloppy.

“Sometimes you get away with it and you get out with your 1-0 but it’s frustrating that it cost us.”

Despite dominating possession, Coleraine laboured to break down Glenavon, even with the extra man and home ‘keeper Rory Brown was rarely troubled until Jamie Glackin’s late strike.

That appeared to have won it..until another late collapse.

Tuesday night is absolutely massive with the draw relatively kind and a route to another final potentially up for grabs.

The Bannsiders will be hoping they can once again enjoy some home comforts.

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Michael Anderson