Causeway Chronicle

Back-to-back wins for rejuvenated Bannsiders

Newry City 0 Coleraine 2

Momentum continues to build for Coleraine with a comfortable three points collected today on their travels.

Oran Kearney’s men followed up last week’s victory against Linfield with another win which boosts their Top Six ambitions.

The hosts haven’t won a home game in 469 days – they last won in November 2022 – and look doomed to relegation.

After their seventh successive win over the Border outfit, it’s onwards and upwards for the rejuvenated Bannsiders.

After losing their last four away games, this was a welcome result to end a run which had seen them win once in their last eight previous away league tests.

Coleraine got off to a flier…and never looked back.

Leading goalscorer Conor McKendry gave the visitors the perfect start after only six minutes.

There appeared little danger as he collected Jamie Glackin’s pass but quick as a flash he fired a long range drive past a stunned Conor Mitchell for his 11th goal of the season.

Jamie McGonigle had a great opportunity to double the lead when Ryan McGivern was penalised for handling inside the box.

But the in-form striker had his spot kick pushed away by Mitchell at full stretch.

McGonigle was thwarted again by Mitchell moments later, with Jack Scott failing to convert the rebound.

But City ‘keeper Mitchell was powerless to prevent the inevitable, as Coleraine finally added a second after half an hour.

Matthew Shevlin scored for the second game running as he headed home Glackin’s corner at the back post.

Newry posed little attacking menace, although Rory Brown was required to turn away Ciaran O’Connor’s header and then Adam Sally headed a Georgie Poynton free kick over the top as the home side rallied briefly before the break.

The visitors continued to enjoy plenty of the ball in the second half but it was O’Connor who wasn’t far away for City just after the hour, firing past the post after findings himself in space inside the box.

At the opposite end, the impressive Mitchell again came to his side’s rescue with a fine stop to keep out McGonigle’s 74th minute attempt after Shevlin’s pass teed up the opportunity.

It was a frustrating afternoon for the striker who must be wondering how he didn’t add to his run of three goals in three games prior to this one.

He was again denied six minutes from time after a fantastic solo run but his angled drive was well ripped around the post for a corner.

Another welcome clean sheet was secured thanks to a fine reflex save by Brown in the closing stages after John McGovern created space with some neat footwork.

All in all a good day’s work. Coleraine now have a competitive break – Irish Cup weekend – before they host league leaders Larne.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson