A GOAL in each half helped Coleraine to a routine victory against Limavady United…
In a slow start to proceedings at the Limavady Showgrounds, it would be the home side who threatened first as Gareth McFadden’s 25-yard free-kick went narrowly over Chris Johns’ crossbar.
However, Coleraine quickly settled and made the breakthrough on 18 minutes as Eoin Bradley kept the Limavady defence under pressure, seized possession and squared the ball to James McLaughlin who rifled home from close range.
Oran Kearney’s men would suffer a blow on 33 minutes as Jamie Glackin went under a heavy challenge and had to be replaced by Cormac Burke. Four minutes later, the Stripes almost went further ahead as Aaron Burns’ deflected effort only went inches wide.
United would carve out a final opportunity before the break as a fantastic cross into the area by Dean Browne was headed over by Ryan Logue.
The visitors would make three changes at the break as Graham Crown, Andrew Whiteside and Jamie McGonigle replaced Stephen O’Donnell, Aaron Burns and James McLaughlin respectively.
On 51 minutes, Coleraine had defender Adam Mullan to thank as he made a goal saving tackle to prevent Limavady getting on level terms.
That would prove to be even more significant eight minutes later as McGonigle made a darting run into the box and he unselfishly passed the ball to Eoin Bradley who delicately lifted the ball into the net.
Limavady should have pulled a goal back on 67 minutes but they failed to capitalise from close range, with McGonigle and Bradley being denied at the other end.
The Stripes nearly bagged a third goal in spectacular fashion as Whiteside picked up the ball and fired a 25-yard effort that cannoned back off the post as Coleraine ran out comfortable winners.
LIMAVADY UNITED: Wells, O’Kane, Carlin, Boyle, Gareth McFadden, Devenney, Devine, Harkin, Gary McFadden, Logue, Browne.
Subs Used: McCallion, Goligher, Hylands, O’Brien, McIvor, McCarron.
COLERAINE: Johns, Mullan, McLaughlin (McGonigle ’46 mins), E. Bradley, McConaghie, Burns (Whiteside ’46 mins), O’Donnell (Crown ’46 mins), Parkhill (J. Bradley ’55 mins), Canning, Doherty, Glackin (Burke ’33 mins)
Subs Not Used: Purcell (GK).