STEPHEN Lowry would net a late penalty as Coleraine earned a 1-0 win against Glentoran in a pre-season friendly at The Oval…
The hosts would make a strong start and forced Gareth Deane into action after just two minutes when Conor McMenamin went on a powerful run and his strike was saved by the Bannsiders ‘keeper. Three minutes later, Glentoran would threaten again as Robbie McDaid’s effort went over the crossbar.
McDaid was proving to be dangerous inside the first quarter of a hour as Deane denied the striker after good work from Bobby Burns, before the ex-Leeds United man had a shot blocked and straight into the arms of the Coleraine stopper.
After Coleraine threatened through Ian Parkhill, the Glens would carve out further chances as McMenamin saw an effort tipped around the post. The following corner kick met the head of McDaid but his goal bound effort cannoned back off the crossbar.
Just before the half-time whistle, Mick McDermott’s side thought they had edged in front as McMenamin and McDaid both failed to find the target.
The second-half would start at a frantic pace as both sides had early efforts off target. However, just before the hour mark, Oran Kearney’s side would have a terrific chance to make the breakthrough as Matthew Shevlin burst forward and his strike was held by Aaron McCarey.
Glentoran made a raft of substitutions and the next chance would land at the feet of set piece specialist Hrvoje Plum but the midfielder’s effort failed to find the target. On 73 minutes, substitute Rory Donnelly would be the next player to try his luck but his strike lacked any conviction.
The Stripes – who were more dangerous after the break – threatened on 80 minutes as a long range effort from Jamie Glackin forced McCarey into a smart stop.
On 84 minutes, Coleraine would be awarded a penalty as a great run and ball from Patrick Kelly released Conor McKendry inside the box. The winger burst forward and was upended by Marcus Kane leaving Raymond Crangle with no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The ball was expertly put into the back of the net from 12 yards by Stephen Lowry.
A good workout for both teams as Coleraine face Portadown on Tuesday night before finalising their pre-season preparations against Dollingstown next Saturday.
GLENTORAN: McCarey, Marron, Kane, McCullough, Burns, Marshall, Plum, McCartan, J. Donnelly, McMenamin, McDaid.
Subs Used: McClean, O’Connor, Clucas, R. Donnelly, Smith, Wightman, Garrett, Jenkins, Crowe.
COLERAINE: Deane, Mullan, Brown, Jarvis, McKendry, Lowry, Wilson, Tweed, Parkhill, Glackin, Shevlin.
Subs Used: Kelly, Beverland.
Referee: Raymond Crangle