FT: Coleraine 3-1 Glenavon

Jay Magee passed a fitness test and makes the starting line up and CIaran Doherty and player-manager Gary Hamilton return from suspension with Kyle Cherry dropping to the bench.

There is a fierce wind blowing across the Showgrounds but at least the rain has stopped and the pitch passed an inspection thanks to Coleraine’s volunteers and their pitchforks. It’s not a great surface to be honest but Coleraine are probably keen to get the game on to clear the suspensions of Howard Beverland and John Watt for next week’s IRN-BRU Cup Final.

Coleraine made more of the freak wind conditions as Paul Owens, recent signing from Carrick Rangers, scored direct from two wind assisted corners in the second half. Glenavon had the advantage of the wind in the first half but only had Brian McCaul’s goal to show for their domination.

After the first of Owens’ two unusual goals drew the Bannsiders level, Aaron Canning scored to put them ahead with his first ever goal for Coleraine. Three minutes later Owens repeated the dose with a carbon copy of his first.

Gary Hamilton’s Post-match Interview (Audio).

First Half

7: Hagan cautioned for a foul on McIlmoyle
10: Grant beat Canning in the left channel and crossed to the near post. Ogilby’s weak clearance fell to Henderson but his shot spun wide from the edge of the area.
13: Jennings tried a right foot shot from 25 yards but O’Hare pouches it safely.
16: Canning concedes a free kick for a push on Grant just outside the ‘D’. Hamilton curled a great effort that had Curran well beaten but crashed off the top of the post.
21: 0-1 Great finish from 18 yards by McCaul for his third goal in as many games. Doherty had collected the ball on the right and turned inside before sliding a square pass to McCaul who struck a great right foot shot into the top corner.
26: Great volley by Hamilton from the edge of the area but Curran was in juist the right place.
31: Lowry’s shot from 20 yards spun wide of O’Hare’s right hand post after the ball bounced off several heads as it hung in the wind.
36: Jay Magee cautioned
40: Shannon’s shot looped up off a defender’s head and would have dropped in but Curran got back to tip it over for a corner.
45: Doherty tried a shot from 30 yards that Curran saved, though the ball spun off his body no Glenavon player was close enough to capitalise.

Second Half

47: 1-1 Paul Owens scored direct from a wind assisted corner from the right. Davy O’Hare was stretching at the back post but he couldn’t keep it out.
61: 2-1 Canning took advantage of a mix-up between Hamilton and Doherty as they left the ball for each other to run through and fire a great left foot shot into the top corner for his first ever goal for Coleraine
64: 3-1 O’Hare saved well from a close-range Tommons shot but amazingly Owens again scored direct from the resulting corner kick
65: Mitchell replaced Hagan for Glenavon
67: Turkington replaced Grieve for Glenavon
71: O’Hare made a great save from Allen before Jay blocked Jennings follow up.Owens effort then got deflected for a corner which he took but this time O’Hare tipped it over the bar.
75: Cherry replaced Grant for Glenavon
82: Brilliant save by O’Hare to push Owens shot over the bar
84: O’Hare again makes a save to deny Owens his hat trick
89: McCaul cautioned for dissent
:92: Brave block by Jay to block Tommons shot
93: Mitchell cautioned for a foul on McIlmoyle

Teams:

Coleraine: Cullen, Ogilby (c), Scullion, Lowry, Allen, McIlmoyle, Canning, Jennings, Tommons, Harkin, Owens. Subs: Doherty (GK), Hegarty, Bingham, Bradley, Meenan

Glenavon: O’Hare (c), Shannon, Neill, Jay Magee, Grieve, McCaul, Doherty, Henderson, Hagan, Grant, Hamilton. Subs: Miskimmin, Mitchell, Cherry, Rooney, Turkington

Referee: Ross Dunlop