Causeway Chronicle

Sky stalemate stalemate at Showgrounds

Coleraine 0 Glentoran 0

A share of the spoils this evening after a drab draw at the Showgrounds.

The game – much like the atmosphere – was pretty flat throughout.

It was more graft than craft as the two teams cancelled each other out. There was both good and bad news for Oran Kearney before kick off.

Matthew Shevlin returned after a three game ban…but October Player of the Month Conor McKendry was absent through suspension. His pace and creativity was badly missed.

Glentoran arrived for the televised Sky clash under pressure. But they showed little sign of that as they saw plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges 

The home side survived a third minute let off as Jay Donnelly fizzed a shot narrowly wide from Johnny Russell’s cross.

It took Coleraine until the 17th minute to get a real foothold in the contest. Josh Carson spotted Aaron McCarey off his line but his effort from distance dropped over the crossbar.

Gareth Deane had to get down smartly in the 20th minute to stop Donnelly’s shot from Cammy Palmer’s pass. The Glens could and should have opened the scoring after 24 minutes.

Ruairi Donnelly nodded Aaron Wightman’s terrific cross back across the goal where Junior somehow headed wide from close range.

Coleraine bared their teeth and only a timely intervention from Paddy McLean prevented Shevlin getting on the end of a Jake Wallace cross, before the striker again just failed to connect with a teasing Andy Scott delivery.

Glentoran wasted another gilt edged opportunity seven minutes before the break. Palmer was again the creator but the unmarked Russell put his header wide when a goal looked certain.

And it took a save from Deane to deny Junior in injury time as a low key first half came to an end. The second half was a similar lacklustre affair.

There was plenty of effort from the players but neither side had the invention to carve out many clear openings. Deane pushed away a threatening low Daire O’Connor cross/shot, whilst the relatively untroubled McCarey saved from Shevlin.

However, the Bannsiders had a great chance to win it in the closing stages. Substitute Jack O’Mahony and fellow sub Davy McDaid found the striker six minutes from time but he sliced wildly wide at the back post.

The game eventually petered out to a somewhat inevitable stalemate.

Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
Man of the Match : Josh Carson. Coleraine battled out a scoreless draw at home to Glentoran on Monday evening. Pic Causeway Chronicle.
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