COLERAINE would collect their first win of the 2000/01 season in fine style as they comprehensively defeated Glentoran at The Showgrounds…
Tuesday, September 19, 2000
Coleraine 5-2 Glentoran
Goals – Devine (’13 mins), Tolan (’16 mins & ’30 mins), Loughrey (’51 mins), Keegan (’77 mins); McBride (’40 mins), Fitzgerald (’78 mins)
Coleraine earned their first league win of the season in emphatic fashion with a 5-2 hammering of Glentoran at the Showgrounds.
Jody Tolan hit two goals for the winners with the Coleraine scoring being completed by ex-Glens man John Devine, Kevin Keegan and Des Loughrey.
The victory was a sweet success for the Bannsiders after Glentoran’s controversial late draw when the sides met at the Oval in early September.
On that occasion, Coleraine were furious with an injury-time penalty award which gave the Glens a 1-1 draw.
On Tuesday evening, Devine put Coleraine ahead in the 13th minute with a free-kick from the edge of the box after Pat McAllister had been fouled.
Tolan added the second three minutes later when he gloriously connected with a Kevin Keegan cross.
The former Cliftonville striker made it 3-0 to the home team on 35 minutes with a delightful curling shot after Pat McAllister had released him with a long ball from midfield.
A mistake by Coleraine goalkeeper Kevin McKeown, who allowed a tame Justin McBride header to squirm under his body in the 40th minute, gave Glentoran hope before half-time.
However, any prospect of a Glentoran comeback was ended by Coleraine’s fourth goal on 51 minutes with Des Loughrey blasting past Alan Gough from 15 yards following a Keegan pass.
Keegan added Coleraine’s fifth in the 77th minute while Dean Fitzgerald pulled one back for Glentoran seconds later.
COLERAINE: McKeown, Gray, Smyth, McLaughlin, Devine, McCann, Loughery (Kerr ’81 mins), McCoosh, Tolan (McAuley ’53 mins), McAllister, Keegan.
Sub Not Used: Clanachan
GLENTORAN: Gough, Nixon, Ferguson, Walker, McCombe (Lockhart ’56 mins), Young (Fitzgerald ’56 mins), McCann, Hamill, Armstrong, Batey, McBride.
Sub Not Used: Leeman.