Causeway Chronicle

Ten-man Glenavon hold Bannsiders

Glenavon 1 Coleraine 1

Honours even but what a disappointing draw nonetheless for Coleraine!

They played the entire second half with an extra man advantage but failed to make it count.

Not for the first time this season Oran Kearney’s men conceded in injury time.

Now the teams lock horns again on Tuesday in the BetMcLean Cup at the Showgrounds.

It’s now only five league wins from their last 25 visits here.

Both teams looked lively from the start and it was the home side who had the first sighter on goal after ten minutes.

Conor McCloskey burst into the box and his shot was saved by Gareth Deane, with Graham Kelly blocking Isaac Baird’s follow up effort.

Peter Campbell then flashed a long range shot over the top on 18 minutes.

Davy McDaid forced Rory Brown into his first save moments later, getting down to keep out an angled drive from distance.

Conor McKendry then produced one of his trademark runs and shots on 25 minutes but the finish lacked power.

Coleraine looked to have a good opening on 33 minutes as McDaid and McKendry broke with the home defence exposed, but Conor Kerr got back to challenge McDaid.

The Bannsiders really should have been in front ten minutes before the break when McKendry picked out the unmarked McDaid but he headed past the post.

Glenavon were reduced to ten men just before half time when Danny Wallace was dismissed for a late challenge on Aaron Jarvis.

The visitors, as expected, had plenty of possession after the restart.

They had a strong penalty appeal turned down after 70 minutes when Glackin appeared to be upended in the box.

It was Glackin who got the all important breakthrough 12 minutes from time.

The midfielder timed his run into the box to perfection to rifle home substitute Andrew Mitchell’s lay off.

But a spirited Glenavon had the final say as they levelled in injury time.

Campbell picked out Callum Birney who slotted past Deane.

A real sickener for the travelling support.

Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The sides will meet again on Tuesday evening in the BetMcLean Cup.
Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The sides will meet again on Tuesday evening in the BetMcLean Cup.
Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The sides will meet again on Tuesday evening in the BetMcLean Cup.
Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The sides will meet again on Tuesday evening in the BetMcLean Cup.
Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The sides will meet again on Tuesday evening in the BetMcLean Cup.
Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The sides will meet again on Tuesday evening in the BetMcLean Cup.
Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The sides will meet again on Tuesday evening in the BetMcLean Cup.
Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The side will meet again on Tuesday evening in the `betMcLean Cup.
Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The side will meet again on Tuesday evening in the `betMcLean Cup.
Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The side will meet again on Tuesday evening in the `betMcLean Cup.
Coleraine dropped two points at Mourneview Park against a Glenavon side reduced to ten men for 50 minutes. The side will meet again on Tuesday evening in the `betMcLean Cup.
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Michael Anderson