Causeway Chronicle

Bannsiders blitzed by goal hungry Glens

Glentoran 6 Coleraine 0

A humiliating day for Coleraine at the Oval this afternoon!

It’s now two wins from their last nine away league games for the Bannsiders and one win from 13 games overall

September’s excellent win in East Belfast is a distant memory.

This latest visit – making it two wins from their last 11 league trips here – will be remembered for all the wrong reasons after this heavy defeat.

Jamie McGonigle made his debut but couldn’t help his new team mates repeat their early season heroics.

Skipper Stevie O’Donnell and Graham Kelly returned at the back and there was a place on the bench for Matthew Shevlin.

But a nightmare opening – falling behind inside a minute – meant this was always going to be an uphill struggle.

It was the worst possible start for Coleraine as they conceded after just 35 seconds!

David Fisher won’t score an easier goal all season, scoring into an empty net after Jake Wallace’s back header rolled past ‘keeper Rory Brown.

It almost got worse on ten minutes when Niall McGinn’s corner caused havoc but Andy Scott did well to clear the ball off the line to deny Fisher a second.

The visitors responded well, with Ollie Webber tipping over a Jack Scott drive before Andy Scott volleyed just over.

Jamie McGonigle thought he had marked his first start with a 20th minute goal when he got on the end of a Lee Lynch corner but his header was deflected wide.

The game continued to swing from end to end and it took two great last ditch blocks to prevent McGinn and Bobby Burns adding a second before the half hour mark.

Coleraine will feel they should have been level at half time.

Twice within sixty seconds Lynch found himself in good positions.

He pulled his first shot past the post and then fired over the top from a similar position.

To rub salt into the wounds, the Glens struck two minutes before the break to double their lead.

In-form striker Fisher pounced again, cutting inside Wallace before planting a shot beyond Brown.

If the first half began badly, the second half was a calamity!

Within ten minutes the hosts had added a further three goals!

Fisher completed his hat trick from the penalty spot four minutes after the restart, with Kieran Farren adjudged to have fouled Junior.

Then Junior decided to get in on the goalscoring action himself.

First he eased his way through the defence before rounding Brown and  slotting home (52 minutes).

Then he was in the right place to finish from close range after Fisher’s strike came back off the woodwork (54 minutes).

The rout continued just after the hour as Bobby Burns, picked up a loose ball and netted (62 minutes) with a strike from just inside the box.

Coleraine rallied briefly but the damage had already been done.

Jack Scott and substitute Lee Harkin (twice) tested Webber before Paddy McLean was called on to deny Andy Scott.

The final whistle couldn’t come quickly enough for those visiting fans that remained until the end.

Definitely a day to forget!


Maurice Bradley