Causeway Chronicle

Man of the moment Conor seals super Seaview win

Crusaders. 0. Coleraine. 2.

A fantastic win for Coleraine at Seaview this afternoon.

And another man of the match contribution from two goal Conor McKendry.

Unlike last week against Cliftonville, Oran Kearney’s men got what they deserved.

After a poor run of away league results – this was only the fourth win from the last 15 away days – this was three excellent points to go with another impressive performance.

Coleraine started well and McKendry twice brought fine stops from Johnny Tuffey inside the opening five minutes.

Both teams kept possession but lacked any real menace in the final third.

Indeed, McKendry”s double hit was all the goalmouth action there was until the half hour mark, when Tuffey was again called into action to tip over a Josh Carson free kick.

Despite enjoying the lions share of the play, the visitors almost fell behind after 35 minutes.

Paul Heatley connected brilliantly after Ben Kennedy’s corner fell to him on the edge of the box, but his volley was kept out by Gareth Deane’s instinctive save.

This game had plenty of similarities to last week against Cliftonville.

Coleraine were again the dominant side in the first half but had nothing to show for their endeavours.

They were rewarded with the goal they deserved nine minutes after the restart.

A clever Janie Glackin pass found Andy Scott who released in-form McKendry who cut inside his marker and drilled home.

It was almost 2-0 minutes later as Glackin rolled the ball across goal and the ball was turned behind for a corner as Scott waited to pounce.

Kieran Farren headed over, then Tuffey pushed Andy Mitchell’s shot around the post as the Bannsiders continued to press.

It was man of the moment McKendry who sealed the win 13 minutes from time.

The livewire winger latched onto a long ball from Dean Jarvis and slotted home.

A vital block by Farren denied Paul Heatley two minutes from time …and a potential nerve wracking finale!

The perfect tonic ahead of Tuesday’s Bet McLean Cup trip to Ballymena United.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson