COLERAINE got some valuable minutes in the tank as they defeated Limavady United in a pre-season friendly…
The Bannsiders squad was mostly a mixture of first-team players who didn’t start the fixture in NK Maribor – apart from Josh Carson – and several members of the Reserves.
The first chance was created by Coleraine on seven minutes as teenage centre-half Robert McLean sent a cross field ball into the path of Ian Parkhill. The winger took a neat first touch before releasing Lewis Tosh but the full-back couldn’t find the target.
However, it didn’t take long for the first goal to arrive as a poor defensive clearance by Limavady was seized upon by Curtis Allen and the marksman converted on nine minutes.
On 23 minutes, Oran Kearney’s men almost doubled their lead in spectacular fashion as Emmett McGuckin spotted the Limavady goalkeeper off his line, but his lob sailed over the crossbar. Ten minutes later, Parkhill would have a strong effort palmed away after being found at the edge of the box.
The Bannsiders would threaten twice before the half-time whistle as Allen fired a shot over the bar, before the same player would be denied from close range after a neat through ball by Parkhill.
The Stripes would make a strong start to the second-half as they doubled their advantage on 49 minutes. A long ball by Gareth McConaghie found the lively Allen on the left hand side and his cross was fired home by Parkhill.
Seven minutes later, Coleraine would be celebrating a third goal as a deep corner kick by Carson was headed towards goal by McConaghie and Allen pounced from close range. Minutes later, Coleraine thought they added a fourth as Allen’s cross was met by Ronan Wilson, with the ex-Cliftonville midfielder being denied by a superb stop.
After the hour mark, the hosts grew into the game and threatened when Jack McGonigle hit a lob over the crossbar, before Martin Gallagher was called into action to save a rasping effort from outside the box. However, Coleraine would grab a fourth goal of the afternoon as Caiolan Brennan’s effort was parried into the path of Carson who tapped into an empty net.
On 79 minutes, the hosts would bag a consolation goal as McLean’s clearance cannoned off a Limavady striker allowing McGonigle to fire home. There would be one final chance at the death as Wilson’s powerful effort hit the crossbar as Coleraine ran out worthy winners.
LIMAVADY UNITED: Kelly (Purcell), Moore, Mullan (Boorman), O’Kane, McFadden, Doherty, Carlin, Devine (Devaney), Power (McGonigle), Brown, Butcher (Brown).
COLERAINE: Gallagher, Riley, McLean, McConaghie (Nevin), Tosh, Carson, Tweed, Wilson, Parkhill, McGuckin (Brennan), Allen.
Referee: Diarmuid Harrigan