Causeway Chronicle

Missed opportunity with Glenavon Cup defeat

Coleraine bowed out of the BetMcLean Cup on Tuesday night.

It was a tough one to take, with Championship side Portadown awaiting in the semi finals.

MICHAEL ANDERSON caught up with Stephen to get his thoughts…

It’s a sore one to take for everyone connected with the club.

A home draw in the quarter finals and a home semi final if they’d won…but it wasn’t to be.

It feels like I am repeating myself but it was like so many games this season.

We had plenty of possession but lacked creativity and quality in the final third.

Unfortunately we are too easy to counter attack against and aren’t keeping many clean sheets and that’s a bad combination.

Glenavon doubled up on Conor McKendry and nullified that threat.

I feel sorry for the creative players like Conor and Jamie Glackin. 

When those two aren’t creating, others need to step up and that isn’t happening.

For me it’s still a bit of a transition period.

Coleraine have completely changed their style of play.

It used to be teams hated coming to the Showgrounds in the depth of winter, playing on a big heavy pitch.

Now we have a good surface and the team is full of footballers and rivals seen to be relishing this.

We are obviously missing the threat of Matthew Shevlin and a lack of goals combined with conceding at the back is going to make life difficult.

The second goal we conceded was schoolboy stuff. 

We are defensively weak at times and are badly missing the presence of Stevie O’Donnell.

Oran must be pulling his hair out because he will know this was an opportunity missed.

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Michael Anderson