EARLY goals from Eoin Bradley and Aaron Burns sealed a comfortable 2-0 win over Derry City at a warm Showgrounds…
Due to Derry’s participation in the League of Ireland Premier Division on Friday night, Kenny Shiels was only able to bring ten players, meaning Coleraine’s Matthew Kirk was named on the Candystripes’ starting eleven.
The Bannsiders started on fire and took the lead on five minutes as Aaron Burns seized possession and waited for the right time to pass the ball through to Eoin Bradley. The striker took a neat touch before calmly lofting the ball over Nathan Gartside and into the net.
That lead was doubled two minutes later as Aaron Burns received the ball 25 yards from goal and the attacker arrowed an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner. The home side were rampant and nearly found a third as a fantastic cross found the head of Brad Lyons but the Ballymoney’s man effort cannoned off the post.
The second-half started in a similar fashion to the first as terrific hold up play by Bradley released Ian Parkhill but his shot was superbly saved by the Derry stopper. At the other end, Ronan Hale spurned a couple of chances in quick succession as the Coleraine rearguard held firm.
Coleraine would create further chances as Lyons’ 25-yard shot dragged inches wide, before Jamie McGonigle seized on poor defending and rounded the ‘keeper but Niall Logue made a last ditch tackle to deny the substitute.
A fair result for the home side who now turn their attentions to the first leg of Europa League qualifying in Serbia on Thursday evening.
COLERAINE: Johns, Mullan, Harkin, Lyons, McCauley (Carson ’58 mins), Bradley (McGonigle ’58 mins), McConaghie, Burns, O’Donnell, Parkhill, Traynor.
Subs Not Used: Doherty, Douglas, Owens.
DERRY CITY: Gartside, McDermott. Toal, Farren, Shiels, Hale, Delap, Logue, McBride, O’Shea, Kirk.
Subs Not Used: N/A