Causeway Chronicle

Amber warning issued to Coleraine

Coleraine 0 Carrick Rangers 2

No end in sight to Coleraine’s current troubles as their poor form continues.

Today’s defeat means the Bannsiders have just one win from their last 11 league outings.

After an Irish Cup exit and last week’s hammering at the Oval, this latest result will do little to win over frustrated fans.

A small number of supporters held a protest in the car park beforehand demanding the end of Oran Kearney’s reign.

Those calls will only gather pace after another frustrating day at the Showgrounds.

Coleraine started well and were on top for large parts.

A first minute Conor McKendry effort posed an early threat.

Jamie McGonigle had a good chance to mark his home debut with a goal after 21 minutes but his shot was well blocked by Ross Glendinning.

That opportunity came moments after former Bannsider Nedas Maciulaitas headed an Andrew Mitchell header over at the opposite end.

Josh Carson and McKendry had efforts saved, either side of a Danny Purkis shot palmed away by Rory Brown as a drab first half came to a close.

Coleraine fell behind just before the hour mark.

There appeared little danger as David Cushley was surrounded by several defenders but he wriggled part their challenges before rolling the ball past Brown.

Substitute Lee Lynch brought more urgency – and a long range drive which was well saved.

A couple more long range shots from Lynch and Carson couldn’t provide a reply and Stuart King’s stubborn and well organised Amber Army held on comfortably.

Danny Purkis added to the gloom four minutes from time when he rounded Brown and slotted home – although there appeared a blatant push on Graham Kelly in the build up.

An angry reaction from the crowd brought what has become a familiar end of late to its conclusion.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson