Causeway Chronicle

More away day troubles at Solitude

Cliftonville 4 Coleraine 1

Coleraine’s away day troubles at Solitude continue after defeat on Saturday afternoon.

It’s now just one win from the last 12 league meetings in North Belfast.

Cliftonville kept their title hopes alive, while defeat was another setback for the Bannsiders after victory last time out against Glenavon.

Coleraine looked lively early on and Conor McKendry twice tested David Odumuso in quick succession in the opening five minutes.

The hosts then went close, with Rory Hale heading Sam Ashford’s cross over the crossbar.

Jim Magilton’s side were gifted the lead on 11 minutes after a moment goalkeeper Rory Brown will want to quickly forget!

There appeared little danger from Lyndon Kane’s backpass but a slip by Brown allowed Ronan Hale a simple finish.

Shea Kearney then took advantage of poor marking to double the lead after 22 minutes, cooly slotting home Ronan Hale’s cutback.

Graham Kelly headed a 32nd minute Jack Scott cross over as the visitors tried to find a way back into the contest.

Matthew Shevlin wasn’t far away with a header from another good Kelly delivery six minutes before half time.

Jamie McGonigle raised hopes of a comeback just five minutes into the second half.

The striker scored from close range after Odumuso parried Matthew Shevlin’s header from McKendry’s cross.

But those hopes were dashed within two minutes.

Debutant Paddy Burns’ long throw-in wasn’t dealt with and Sam Ashford took advantage to fire home.

Cliftonville suffered a setback after 79 minutes when Odhran Casey was sent off for a second bookable offence.

And Coleraine had a great chance to reduce the arrears from the resultant free kick but Shevlin headed Lee Lynch”s cross straight at Odumuso.

Yet even with ten men, the Reds still had time to strike again, Rory Hale rubbing salt into the wound in injury time with a clinical curling finish.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson