TWO goals in each half helped Coleraine record a 4-0 win against Ballyclare Comrades at The Showgrounds…
The Bannsiders welcomed Jack O’Mahony and Conor McKendry back into the starting line-up after injury and they impressed in a 45 minute cameo.
In a warm afternoon, the first chance would arrive from the boot of McKendry but his strike from distance failed to test visiting ‘keeper Richard Purcell, with Lee Lynch’s effort soon after also not finding the back of the net.
On 21 minutes, the hosts thought they had taken the lead as McKendry threatened again as his trademark left-foot effort looked destined to ripple the net, however, the post would have other ideas as the ball cannoned off the upright.
However, Coleraine did edge in front on the half hour mark as O’Mahony played a central role in the game’s opening goal. The midfielder surged forward from deep and released the ball into the path of James McLaughlin. The striker timed a perfect pass into the onrushing Lynch who converted from close range.
Just after Conall Curran would head over the crossbar for the Comrades, the Stripes would be given the perfect opportunity to double their lead as Trialist 2 was fouled inside the box. The ball was picked up by McLaughlin who expertly steered his strike into the top corner.
A double change would see Aaron Jarvis and Caiolan Brennan enter the fray and Coleraine would start where they left off as Purcell was called into action yet again to deny Lynch a second goal of the afternoon.
Just after the hour mark, Dean Jarvis would try his luck from distance but this would prove to be no problem for Purcell, with the ‘keeper also diving down low to prevent Trialist 2 from finding the back of the net.
Oran Kearney would also give game time to Ronan Wilson and Cathair Friel before watching his side bag two late goals. The first would be from the penalty spot yet again as Brennan was clipped inside the box, with the same player keeping his composure to beat Purcell from 12 yards on 85 minutes.
At the death, Ballyclare would be punished for a defensive mistake which allowed Aaron Jarvis to curl an effort into the bottom corner to seal a comprehensive 4-0 win for the Bannsiders.
COLERAINE: Gallagher, D. Jarvis, Mullan, Brown, McKendry (Brennan ’46 mins), McLaughlin (Friel ’77 mins), Carson (Wilson ’66 mins), Lynch, O’Mahony (A. Jarvis ’46 mins), Trialist 1, Trialist 2.
Sub Not Used: McDowell