Causeway Chronicle

‘Eur’ off to the final!

Glentoran 0 Coleraine 3

Coleraine have a Bank Holiday Monday date with Crusaders at Seaview in the European Play Off final!

The Bannsiders comprehensively defeated the Glens at the Oval tonight to the delight of their travelling support.

After heartache on four previous occasions, Coleraine finally came good in the end of season deciders.

They now stand one game away from a lucrative pay day and return to the European stage.

And what a performance from every single player!

The action was frantic at the start…just nine seconds in and Faud Sule was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Stevie O’Donnell with the visitors certain it merited a red card.

O’Donnell then saw yellow for an equally aggressive challenge on James Singleton who went off injured.

There were few sightings of goal before Coleraine drew first blood after 20 minutes.

Andy Scott produced a teasing cross and Jamie McGonigle headed beyond Aaron McCarey.

Glentoran saw plenty of the ball but offered little threat.

The Bannsiders should have had a second just three minutes before the break.

Matthew Shevlin’s header from a Lyndon Kane cross was saved by McCarey and McGonigle fired the rebound wide.

But the visitors did strike in first half injury time.

McCarey produced a super stop to deny Jamie Glackin.

But he collided with Luke McCullough as he went to gather the ball and a gleeful Kane followed up to score his first goal of the season.

A fantastic goal-line clearance by Graham Kelly kept the lead intact as he kept out David Fisher’s 57th minute goalbound header.

Next it was the turn of Kane to clear off the line as the Glens pushed for a way back into the contest.

Brown then produced a tremendous full length save to tip Junior’s 66th minute header around the post for a corner.

Coleraine struck a third with a well crafted goal after 70 minutes.

Glackin and McGonigle combined from a short corner, with the striker finishing superbly from an acute angle.

To add to Glentoran’s woes, Sule was sent off five minutes from time for a second bookable offence.

A superb night in East Belfast…every single player gave their all and were worthy winners.

Now the attention turns to the biggest game of the season and Monday’s winner takes all tussle at Seaview.

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photo: PACEMAKER PRESS INTERNATIONAL., 75A Cregagh Road, Belfast BT6 8PY.Tel: 028. 9066 3191 or 02890 461996
photo: PACEMAKER PRESS INTERNATIONAL., 75A Cregagh Road, Belfast BT6 8PY.Tel: 028. 9066 3191 or 02890 461996
photo: PACEMAKER PRESS INTERNATIONAL., 75A Cregagh Road, Belfast BT6 8PY.Tel: 028. 9066 3191 or 02890 461996
photo: PACEMAKER PRESS INTERNATIONAL., 75A Cregagh Road, Belfast BT6 8PY.Tel: 028. 9066 3191 or 02890 461996
Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson