Causeway Chronicle

Biggest game of season for Bannsiders at the Oval

Coleraine head for the Oval on Wednesday for their biggest game of the season.
The Bannsiders face Glentoran in the European Play Off semi final.

Despite Saturday’s defeat at Larne, Coleraine go into the game in a good run of form.
Coleraine have only lost two of their last 10 league games.
Matthew Shevlin comes into the match in a rich vein of form, with seven goals in his last eight league matches.
The striker, plagued by injury this season, has still managed to bag 12 league goals in 23 appearances.
Glentoran have had a mixed bag this season and have only won three of their last 10 league fixtures.
Glentoran have, however, only lost five of their 20 home league games this season.
Coleraine’s away league record for the season reads:
Played 18
Won 5
Drew 4
Lost 9

Declan Devine has taken on the role permanently and will want to see his Glentoran team end the season on a high.
The teams have met four times this season, with Coleraine winning twice, Glentoran once and one draw.
Last time out at the Oval (13/01/24) Coleraine lost 6-0 and will want to avenge their biggest defeat of the season.
Coleraine have only won one of their last eight league games at the Oval and that was a 2-1 win earlier this season, with goals from Matthew Shevlin and Conor McKendry.
Shevlin has three goals in his last five league appearances at the Oval for Coleraine and seven career league goals in 14 league appearances against the East Belfast men for the Bannsiders.
Oran Kearney’s record against Glentoran in all competitions:
Played 46
Won 14
Drew 23
Lost 9
Oran Kearney’s record against Glentoran at the Oval in all competitions:
Played 23
Won 5
Drew 13
Lost 5
Coleraine last appeared in Europe in the 21/22 season in the Europa Conference League against FK Velež Mostar from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first qualifying round.
Coleraine lost both games 2-1.
The European Play Off’s were introduced in the 2015/16 season.
Coleraine have lost all four previous semi finals.
Previous results:
22/23 Semi Final: Cliftonville 2 Coleraine 1
21/22 Semi Final: Larne 2 Coleraine 0
18/19 Semi Final: Cliftonville 5 Coleraine 3 (AET)
16/17 Coleraine 1 Glentoran 2

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson