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Conor stars in Coleraine win

Coleraine. 4. Glenavon. 1

The Glenavon hoodoo was laid to rest at the Showgrounds this afternoon.

It was nine games unbeaten for the Lurgan Blues against the Bannsiders going into this one.

But Oran Kearney’s side followed up their midweek BetMcLean Cup win with three valuable points after successive heavy league defeats.

It was no more than they deserved after an excellent second half performance full of energy and attacking football.

They recovered from conceding early to bounce back in an incident packed encounter.
You have to go back to March 2020 for Coleraine’s last win over today’s visitors  (2-1)

During that nine game stretch there had been four draws and five defeats.

And it looked ominous when it took Glenavon just six minutes to take the lead in this latest meeting.

Andy Scott was penalised for a foul on Peter Campbell and Jack Malone took full advantage by firing the free kick past the recalled Gareth Deane.

Matthew Shevlin had a chance to equalise after 12 minutes when he brilliantly controlled Conor McKendry’s raking pass but he blasted well over the crossbar.

It took an important block by Deane to prevent his side falling further behind, as he kept out Aaron Prendergast’s header from a superb Campbell cross.

At the opposite end McKendry drilled in a low shot after dispossessing Conor Kerr which was saved by Rory Brown.

Glenavon looked a threat going forward.

Their main source was winger Campbell and from another excellent delivery just before the half hour, Malone steered the ball past the post.

It was that man Malone who had another opportunity before the break as the home side was opened up again but he blazed over.

The striker had opened the scoring with his quality free kick.

Sixty seconds before half time, Coleraine hit back with a cracking free kick of their own, Josh Carson curling the ball over the wall and beyond Brown.

Coleraine started the second half brightly and Brown was forced into a fine save to tip over McKendry’s effort after one of his trademark runs.

They had their opponents under the cosh for long spells.

The woodwork then thwarted the Bannsiders twice in quick succession. First Jack O’Mahony was out of luck as his shot was blocked by Sean Ward and came back off the post.

Next it was the crossbar that denied Coleraine, Shevlin’s drive cannoning back with Brown stranded.

But even worse was to follow in 70 minutes.

Lee Lynch appeared to have scored with a well struck drive but referee Raymond Crangle and his officials deemed the ball hadn’t crossed the line.

However, the hosts didn’t have to wait long to get the goal their pressure merited, man of the match McKendry smashing home on 73 minutes.

Brown kept out Shevlin as the centre forward tried to make the points safe.

A mix up between Deane and Kane almost handed Glenavon a lifeline ten minutes from time but substitute Cohen Henderson rolled the ball into the side netting.

Shevlin sealed the deal for Oran Kearney’s men as he cooly slotted home with two minutes remaining.

And there was still time for McKendry to have the final say, drilling in a fourth in injury time.

Music to everyone’s ears at the final whistle as the team was applauded off the pitch.

Coleraine 1 Gareth Deane GK 2 Lyndon Kane C 3 Dean Jarvis 7 Conor McKendry 9 Matthew Shevlin 11 Joshua Carson 16 Lee Lynch 20 Darren Cole 21 Jack O’Mahony 23 Jake Wallace 29 Andrew Scott Substitutions 12 Martin Gallagher GK 6 Aaron Jarvis 10 David McDaid 14 Kieran Farren 22 Andrew Mitchell 28 Lee McLaughlin 31 Senan Devine

Glenavon 1 Rory Brown GK 2 Conor Kerr 7 Matthew Snoddy 8 Jack Malone 10 Peter Campbell 11 Niall Quinn 16 Isaac Baird 20 Stephen Teggart 21 Aaron Prendergast 23 Daniel Wallace C 30 Sean Ward Substitutions 31 Ben Purvis GK 22 Tiarnan Mulvenna 26 Adam Davidson 29 Jackson Nesbitt 32 Bobby Harvey 34 Cohen Henderson

Referee: Raymond Crangle
1st assistant: Stephen Donaldson 2nd assistant: David Burns
4th official: Christopher Morrison

Coleraine returned to winning ways against Gklenavon with a resounding 4-1 victory over the Lurgan men at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds. Pic: Causeway Chronicle
Coleraine returned to winning ways against Gklenavon with a resounding 4-1 victory over the Lurgan men at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds. Pic: Causeway Chronicle
Coleraine returned to winning ways against Gklenavon with a resounding 4-1 victory over the Lurgan men at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds. Pic: Causeway Chronicle
Coleraine returned to winning ways against Gklenavon with a resounding 4-1 victory over the Lurgan men at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds. Pic: Causeway Chronicle
Coleraine returned to winning ways against Gklenavon with a resounding 4-1 victory over the Lurgan men at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds. Pic: Causeway Chronicle
Coleraine returned to winning ways against Gklenavon with a resounding 4-1 victory over the Lurgan men at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds. Pic: Causeway Chronicle
Coleraine returned to winning ways against Gklenavon with a resounding 4-1 victory over the Lurgan men at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds. Pic: Causeway Chronicle
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Maurice Bradley