COLERAINE came off second best as Glentoran won the clash of the UEFA Conference League participants…
Both teams made a raft of changes throughout the 90 minutes.
On the end a first half goal from Rhys Marshall was the difference.
The Oval run out proved a worthwhile exercise for both clubs ahead of their respective upcoming European tests.
Neither side created too much during the opening 45 minutes.
Gael Bigirimana had a tame fifth minute effort before Marty Gallagher was called into action after 11 minutes, saving from Marcus Kane, after he was set up by Robbie McDaid.
Chris Gallagher was next to threaten on 22 minutes but his attempt sailed over the crossbar.
The Glens enjoyed plenty of possession and their pressure paid off four minutes before the break when Rhys Marshall fired home.
Coleraine started the second half brightly and within two minutes Jamie Glackin shot narrowly over the crossbar from just inside the box.
Cathair Friel then twice went close to levelling for his new side.
A 63rd minute effort was deflected wide and three minutes later he was inches away from notching his first goal for the club.
As is usually the case, the second period was disrupted with substitutions.. the hosts making ten changes!
Andrew Mitchell did well to work a shooting opportunity after 72 minutes but a heavy deflection took the sting out of the shot.
The Bannsiders would threaten as a header was flashed across goal after 81minutes but there was nobody to get on the end of it.
Next up for Coleraine is a trip to Inver Park to face Larne on Tuesday night.
GLENTORAN: Coleing, Marshall, Marron, McCullough, McClean, Kane, Gallagher, Bigirimana, McDaid, McMenamin, J. Donnelly.
Subs: Glendinning (GK), Smyth, Crowe, McCarthy, Clucas, O’Connor, Cushnie, McDonagh, Mitchell, Whiteman.
COLERAINE: Gallagher, Kane, Canning, Brown, Doherty, Lowry, McLaughlin, Glackin, Traynor, Shevlin, Friel.
Subs: Deane (GK), Mullan, Jarvis, Bradley, Wilson, Parkhill, Allen, Nixon, Kelly.